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1st time cooking ribs
Hey guys, I've had a brain cramp this evening. I'm looking to smoke 3 racks of ribs, 2 spare, 1 BB and a pork loin Saturday, however I need to verify the info I got from one of you about a month ago. :oops: Correct me if I'm wrong but the 3-2-1 method is 3 hours on the smoker, 2 hours wrapped in foil on the smoker, and 1 hour unwrapped on the smoker, brush with sauce around 30-45min left of cooking time. :roll:

I'll take some photos and try to post them later.

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Sound right to me Three4Que.
Except you left out the 4th step which is a secret and no one is going to tell you what it is.
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Yeah, that's the correct times etc... but everytime I've tried it, they come out like mush or famous dave's or something not good... IF I wrap I might do a 2-1-1 kind of thing, but on my drums they are just too done if they go any longer... what do you use for a smoker?

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no1plumber;p="11920 Wrote:Sound right to me Three4Que.
Except you left out the 4th step which is a secret and no one is going to tell you what it is.

Okay Vic, what is the 4th step? PM me with the answer and no one else will know. :wink:

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Sampson, I'm using an ECB :cry: The ribs turned out pretty good though Smile , not as tender as I'd have liked (about a 7) Sad , however the wife liked them 8) . Said they weren't too spicy :roll: , I used a sweet and spicy sauce that was real good. I'll make a minor modification to it for next time. My only drawback is that I didn't keep the temperature as constant as I should have. I did make a modification to the ECB by drilling four 25/64" holes in the charcoal pan for ventilation. That seemed to help a lot better than it did on my last smoke.

At least I'm getting some good practice in for next season :wink: .

I'll post some of the pictures if I can figure out this photobucket better.

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here's a link to an old thread wherein i and a couple of others talk about how we do it...
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I just started using the 3-2-1 method this year. One thing I've learned is the 3 hours, 2 hours and 1 hour stages are rough estimates. And those time frames will depend on the heat of your cooker. Too high, and you'll have to lower the time frames. Not a bad thing, just an adjustment you have to make. Fill out that cooking log as you go along and you'll find that perfect combination of timed stages and temp.

My secret has two additional stages:
4) store in refrigerator overnight
5) remove from fridge and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.
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swinesteward,

Thanks for tip #5, unfortunately they don't use microwaves during competitions. I need to get the practice the way I would cook for a competition. Smile

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Yeah, I'm working on that too.
10-06-2008 12:39 AM
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Three4Que;p="11935 Wrote:swinesteward,

Thanks for tip #5, unfortunately they don't use microwaves during competitions. I need to get the practice the way I would cook for a competition. Smile

uhhh, wait a minute! who told you that? i always nuke my ribs, contest or not. usually leave them in the foil to do it, that really adds a smoky, slightly crunchy bite to them...

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There is a nice crackle to the show inside that device also. As good as the 4th of July fireworks at USU. Speaking of which, our condolences :cry: for scoring so many points on the Y :roll: , so many in fact they dropped in the polls. :cry:
Who-da-thunk? :shock:

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Go Aggies, we didn't win but they didn't kick our asses either... not bad against the #8 team in the nation...

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Three4Que,

Glad to see someone else is using an ECB. I've been cooking on mine all summer and turned out some decent stuff. I have made various modifications to it, all of which I have found to be essential. Just when I think I have the whole hting dialed in it turns around and does some crazy thing on me. I can keep close to 200 for around 3 hours in mine, but it's never consistent. I usually do my ribs for 5-7 hours depending. I haven't tried to the 3-2-1 method mainly b/c once i get to temp I hate to open it up or mess with it. Maybe i will give it a try next time.

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10-06-2008 08:45 PM
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Thanks Nick. I opened it up long enough to add a few chunks of soaked wood from Standard wood and a couple of more charcoals after checking and spraying the ribs. I forgot to use my themometer this time though so I can't even give you an idea on what temp I was at. :oops: Possibly at or around 200. The guys at work sure gobbled them up. Great pork and smoke flavor. One of them said they really liked the rub and he even swiped my sauce to put on his chicken. 8)

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Okay lets try this. These are from Photobucket. Thanks for the help Sampson.

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My ECB :oops: and Grill.

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Ribs after two hours.

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Ribs ready to wrap in foil after three hours smoking. Oh yeah, Looking good!! 8)

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Ribs after five hours

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Saucing the ribs. 8)

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Ribs with Sweet & Spicy BBQ sauce, ready to take off and eat!! Big Grin

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Let's Eat!!! Big Grin 8)

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Sorry guys, I forgot the garnish! :shock: :oops:

But they were very tasty nonetheless.

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Oh, yeah, I'd hit those...
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Look great. Remember, parsley makes it fancy. :wink:
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Man, do those look good!!!!!! Nice set of ribs. Big Grin

Can anyone tell me what putting the ribs in foil does during the cooking? Does everyone use strictly apple juice during that time or is there something else that can be used instead? What is the temperature to shoot for when cooking ribs using the 3-2-1 method vs cooking without the foil?
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rdenn, by wrapping the ribs in foil it helps the cooking process and allows you to retain some of the juices. I ended up with close to 1 cup of juice from the three sets of ribs I did. Good for adding to a sauce. Thom Emery likes this. The temperature to shoot for is around 225. I wouldn't change it with or without the foil. As far as using something other than apple juice... I used a mixture of apple cider and apple cider vinegar. Here is a link to Raichlen's ribs, he uses 2 bottles of beer: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://primalgrill.org/htdocs/primal_grill_recipes.html">http://primalgrill.org/htdocs/primal_grill_recipes.html</a><!-- m -->

I'll have to try out some more ribs, ah shucks, on the Drum I got from Chris. Keep in mind though that the 3-2-1 method isn't set in stone. It may vary from cooker to cooker. Hope this helps.

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3-4-Q,

Thanks for the info. I want to do an all day cook next weekend with ribs and chicken.....no sense wasting the leftover heat from the briquettes. Clean the rack......rake off the hickory from the ribs.....add mesquite.....and away I go. Just need to get the TV outside with the cooler and watch some football while I get the smoke on.

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With a WSM, I shoot for a 250 -275 cooker temp. The foiling allows the ribs to steam more tenderness into themselves, than you would get if you just left them on the grate. You have to be careful at this step, too much steam and you'll get a slight boiled flavor to them. So don't put too much liquid in or leave them foiled for too long. For the foiled liquid, I use a few tablespoons of apple juice or cider vinegar.
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I like using a spray bottle so the meat just gets misted rather than pouring cider on the meat. This works for pork butt also. I really prefer a fresh made cider to a store bought bottled version. More flavor. Other liquids / ingredients work for briskets and chicken too. Maybe an aujus for the beef. The drippings make excellant basting / injecting juices also. Smile

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