Poll do you foil your ribs & butts???

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rbranstner, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. I foil both my ribs and my butts.

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  2. I foil by ribs but not my butts.

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  3. I foil my butts but not my ribs.

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  4. I don't foil my ribs or my butts.

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  1. smokingriley

    smokingriley Smoke Blower

    When I first started smoking ribs I did't foil. Now I have been using the 3-2-1 method for spares 2-2-1 for baby backs. So foil for 2 hours. I don't foil the butts.
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I foil m ribs, but not the butt. I like the juices on the ribs, but oh so love the bark on the butt. But that is just me and how I do it now, all subject to change.

  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


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  4. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

    I have become addicted to foiling.
  5. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I'm the SAME as 'Fire it up' but I voted foil both...

    I just can't imagine not foiling and toweling a BUTT because of the resulting benefits it has.
  6. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That's what I would suggest, pull at 195, foil and towel in a cooler for an hr.

    I'll bet they're not mushy [​IMG]
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I foil both but I cut down the foiling time on my ribs.
  8. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I think it really depends on the type of smoker your using and the fuel you choose.

  9. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    I mostly don't, but have, and probably will again. I like to mix things up sometimes.
  10. wmarkw

    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

    I'm a non foiler on ribs and I love it. I tried the 3-2-1 a few years ago and results were good. Just got lazy when it was time to foil and said screw it. The texture of the rib is much better I think.

    As for the butts it's not that I prefer to foil but it seems like all my cooks start late morning and by late afternoon/early evening I want to clean up everything before dark so I will then foil the butt and transfer to the oven to finish it off. But it is on my to do list to take a butt start to finish w/ no foil.
  11. jd08

    jd08 Fire Starter

    So how long do you cook ribs without foiling?

    I use the 3-1-1 and so far have loved the results.
  12. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    I don't foil the ribs until they are ready to come off and "rest". They either go into a warming box on the smoker, or into an ice chest. If it's a big feed, we will pan and cover rather than wrap individual racks. Those are the ones that generally go into the warming box of the smoker.
  13. I foil my families ribs as they prefer fall off the bone and not foil my rack because I prefer the pull.

    Extreme noobie who has not smoked a butt yet.
  14. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I foil both. Havn't tried non foiled ribs yet but I plan to soon just to see the difference.
  15. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    all depends.

    in my WSM BB's typically take about 4-4.5 hours, spares about an hour more.
  16. Always foil my ribs. I'll have to try foiling my butts next time.
  17. lu1847

    lu1847 Smoking Fanatic

    I foil my butts after they are pulled from the smoker and then wrap them in a towel and place em in a cooler. I like my ribs 3-2-1 2-2-1 method.
  18. captsly

    captsly StickBurners

    What he said, pull the butt at about 195 wrap it and into the cooler!!
  19. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I have only done two brisket's, one butt & 4 racks of baby backs. So far, I have foiled everything & it was the best meat I have ever put heat to. I am scared to try it any other way. This weekend will be two spares & another butt.
    Plus, it gives me a chance to play with the shiny stuff. [​IMG]
  20. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    I've been foiling them in the past, but tonight I did a 6 hour smoke with no foil, while misting them with apple juice, cider vinegar, and olive oil mixed together every hour or so. I think they came out pretty good, but they won't get eaten until tomorrow afternoon. :-(


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