stupid question about ribs.

Discussion in 'Pork' started by 338lapua, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. 338lapua

    338lapua Fire Starter

    First off I love searching and reading different things on this forum. I have learned so much. I have seen several post where ribs are wrapped in foil with butter and Brown sugar. What exactly does that do? Does it help with the bark or give the ribs a sweeter taste?
  2. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Adds moisture and sweetness for that one bite goodness.
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I used to do that exact thing...the logic is tender ribs with great flavor but has nothing to do with bark.  I will say it isn't necessary for the best ribs but...

    Experiment for yourself and have fun doing it!
  4. 338lapua

    338lapua Fire Starter

    Thank y'all for your advice. I definitely plan on trying it.
  5. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    On another note, if ya haven't tried no foil & just letting them go the whole time.... They are tasty that way as well.... But like Keith said, experiment & find what you & your fam like, that's what it's all about.... And it fun to experiment as well ! Thumbs Up
  6. bryce

    bryce Smoking Fanatic

    Do you shut down the smoke 3 hours or so into it?

    Sure would be nice to not "have" to wrap'em up. Seems odd we can get juicy and tender ribs without foiling but I totally believe in your technique and will give it a shot with the extra slab I have in my freezer.

    If they end up with a little tug but not chewy that would be great.

  7. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nope, I smoke all the way thru.... I've honestly never wrapped my ribs & they come out juicy & tender.... Give it a try, ya may just be surprised.... I don't wanna hijack this thread but here's a thread of my last ribs if you'd like to check it out.... Nothin fancy, just a few rib pics !
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2015
  8. bryce

    bryce Smoking Fanatic

    That's awesome, I'll try it. Thanks for the thread link. They look excellent!

    Still take 5 hours'ish?
  9. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No prob, hope it helps....

    Yep, right in that 4-5 hr range usually....give or take a little either way, depending on the thickness & if it's spares or BB's ! I usually smoke round 245-250*
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2015
  10. 338lapua,

    You can get great ribs with or without foil.  My family likes them either way but my friends really like the ones I foil.  You'll have plenty of cooks coming up, experiment, try it both ways, try new things.  The nice part is you get to eat your experiments.   Here is a link to a cook I did with the glaze recipe I used.  Went over very well.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2015
  11. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Soon I'll show how I do ribs in 60-90 minutes no foil needed, although you can and they're not burned and moist. Remember ribs have fats and connective tissue to keep the moist.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2015
  12. h2so4ca

    h2so4ca Meat Mopper

    In all the years I have been smoking ribs, I don't think I have ever foiled a rack of ribs. I see a lot of people do and if it works for them

    I'm all for it. 
  13. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Yeah, I do them both ways...don't really have a preference.
  14. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ribs really look good. I have been wrapping mine for several years and lately have had some overdone product. I'm going to do the next batch naked and try to catch a look and feel at about 3 hours. Then I can judge from there and not guess at the foil. Good luck, Joe

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