should I split a 14 lb rib roast (boneless)?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by mrad, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. mrad

    mrad Smoke Blower

    I picked up a 14 lb rib roast that i will be placing in the MES30 on Christmas day.  It is going to be a tight fit. Would I be better off cutting the roast in half before smoking to lower the cook time and eliminate having to cram it in the smoker, or does the meat cook better when whole?
     
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If it doesn't fit you can split it, but it won't change the cook time.

    A piece of meat like a Rib Roast goes by thickness, not weight.

    The 2 pieces will be the same thickness cut in half or in one piece.

    Bear
     
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Also:

    The only difference will be the whole one has two ends, and split in half will give you 4 ends.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2014
  4. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with Bear!!  Reinhard
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2014
  5. I think two small poeces will cook fast than one large one. But besides giving you 4 ends, it will also help to get the middle(s) done without drying out the ends.
     
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That would be true if the two pieces, after cut, end up shorter in length than they are in thickness, but I think a 14 pound Rib Roast is more than twice as long as it is thick. The heat would get to center through the shortest route, and in this case that would be through the thickness, whether it be one 14 pound roast, or two 7 pound roasts.

    Either way the ends shouldn't dry out.

    Bear
     
  7. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep yep, Bear is spot on as usual.   
     
  8. Good point. Cut it in thirds! LOL

    Merry Christmas.
     
  9. I've learned to listen to Bear! Hope it came out GREAT!

    Merry Christmas

    Scott

    Hampton, VA
     

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