Smoking Ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cdfcapt, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Hi,

    Is there a good rule of thumb for smoking ribs as far as how long they take?  If I smoke 2 racks vs. 4 or 6 how much more time should I expect to add?  Or is smoking different then in an oven where the more food the longer it takes to get done?
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Not a huge difference in either a smoker or an oven when you're talking about more individual similar sized pieces. Temperature recovery might be a little slower when you add the meat, but that won't make a huge difference. As for times, there are literally thousands of threads here on the timing of ribs. Do a little reading on the 3-2-1 method. Then do a little more reading on foil vs no foil. Then a little more on low and slow vs hot and fast.
    Lastly baby backs and spares require different timing.
  3. As long as you maintain a constant temp in your smoker or oven the number of racks make no difference, the only difference in time is due to the meat itself. 

    Gary S
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Capt. , hello .  you can do as many as you can get in the smoker.  

    They will come off if the same or similar size...

    I do a no - foil method and love them    :

      Baby Backs  . . . I can finih in 5hrs. @ 225*F average. These you will want to do a toothpick test for doneness ,

    or Spares . . .  get done in 6hrs. @ 225*F average.

      Do a bend test for doneness . Pick-up in the middle with tongs and look for this , they will be perfectly done.

    Prepared this way , you should not need a sauce.[​IMG]  However each to his own.

    Try both the wrapped method and the no-foil method and choose you favorite . Remember , the more you leave the lid shut , the better they cook.

    Have fun and . . .

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