View Full Version : Baby back ribs. Like the first time.

08-02-2008, 02:11 PM
Probably been 10 years since I've tried to cook bbribs, so I feel like a first timer. Just never could get them to the same taste and tenderness as I have had from the pros. Since I've been here and reading, I'm ready to try again! So here goes. picked up a rack of baby backs, applied some Stubbs Rub, let set in the frig for few hours, and they are on the smoker with a pecan fire and a few sticks of the cherry I just got from the Okie. That cherry just smells great. Even before it burns. I'm gonna use the 3-2-1 method. Should I use the temp probe? or just the timeline?


Short One
08-02-2008, 02:36 PM
Might want to try more like 2-1 1/2-1/2 on baby backs. I'm sure someone who cooks them more than myself will jump in shortly. As for therm., ribs don't have enough meat to allow a good temp check, so we usually go by time and feel. The 3-2-1 method is just guidelines and with experience you should be able to modify the times to suit your needs and equipment. Good luck, Steve

08-02-2008, 06:12 PM
Do you like Baby food ribs? Is that what you mean by tender?

If you want them fall off the bone tender, the 321 will give you that. I think most folks here like them to have a bit more bite.

I indirect grill mine w/ smoke for about 1 1/2 hrs and that's the way I like them, about like a tender pork chop texture wise.

Either way you want them, more time in the foil=[more tender. It steams them. I myself don't like them steamed at all and never foil them.

Great post though, You just made my mind up as to what to have for dinner!:sign0092:

08-02-2008, 06:34 PM
Funny you should mention ribs. I just put two racks of baby backs on at 5:50pm today. I hadn't planned on taking any pictures, but I may snap one or two, just for evidence (and for Bubba).

Good luck with your ribs!

08-02-2008, 06:43 PM
Yes, I do like them "baby food tender".

5 hours into the cook. ribs are about ready to come off and into the cooler. Chicken is at 136. New potatoes are getting soft, and corn is starting to brown slighty. I did not glaze the ribs.


A special smoke for the cook.


08-02-2008, 07:53 PM
sliced and on the plate. The taste and texture was exactly what I wanted. Rib pic looks burnt, but I can assure that it was not.


08-02-2008, 08:00 PM
Nice. Very nice! That corn looks very good, too. Did you save another cigar for after dinner? Don't forget, a touch of scotch or bourbon during that cigar will finish the night well, and make you sleep real good.

My ribs are coming along slowly. It may be late before I post any pics. I'll start another thread so as to not hijack your thread.

Enjoy your dinner!

08-03-2008, 07:42 PM
Looks like great minds work alike. The only difference between your's and ours was that we had maters and you had taters.

and BTW- I'm real jealous of that Ashton! I don't miss giving up cigarettes, but gourmet cigars...that's different.

I'll start a new thread, I don't want to hijack yours. Check out Saturday Night BBs. I may have lost my good pix, PB glitched in the middle of the upload. Let me see what I got.

08-03-2008, 08:18 PM
I gave up almost all my vices, but good beer (Newcastle brown ale, & Fat tire) and fine cigars (Ashton VSG & Opus X) are two things that I refuse to give up

08-03-2008, 09:01 PM
I used to have a serious Fuente jones.:sifone::sifone::sifone:

I still miss 'em.

09-23-2008, 07:07 PM
I had two VSG's (aged in my hand built humidor for 3+ years)and one opus X with me in Ponca. They are both fuente products. The Aston brand is owned by Holts Distributing. The tobacco is grown on the fuente farms, and rolled by Fuente rollers. The VSG (virgin sun grown) is grown only on virgin soil, with full sun. They are back in the humi at 71%, but they will come to jenks with me next month.:msn-wink: Hmm, sounds like I'm tempting you. Not me!


I used to have a serious Fuente jones.:sifone::sifone::sifone:

I still miss 'em.

09-23-2008, 08:56 PM
Your are indeed evil!:smack:

09-23-2008, 09:56 PM
bastaad! :msn-wink:

I look forward to seeing you then, Curt. AND, I look forward to samplin' one of them.....<ahem!> :roflmaoha0:

TX Sandman
09-24-2008, 10:16 AM
Look good, Curt! "Ain't burnt, it's barbecue." :thumbs up:

As for the cigars, I like the smell, but never got into burning one myself.

09-24-2008, 05:01 PM
Look good, Curt! "Ain't burnt, it's barbecue." :thumbs up:

As for the cigars, I like the smell, but never got into burning one myself.

Well if ya do ever get to try a good stogie, you'd probably be hooked into another, expensive, hobby!