Joe's Smoked Ribs: Cooking

Racks of ribs cooking on a smoker

8 half racks of ribs on a pellet smoker. The ribs are a reddish brown and the tips of the bones are just starting to be visible. Two temperature probes are laid out in the middle of the smoker.

A Time to Cook

The cooking of these ribs will done in three phases
Instruction Length of Phase
Phase 1: Smoking The ribs will be placed bones side down in a 275 degree smoker. About every 30 minutes, you will spritz the ribs with apple cider vinegar from your spray bottle. 3 hours
Phase 2: Wrap After 3 hours on the smoker, the ribs will be pulled off the smoker and wrapped in aluminum foil. Before closing up the foil, spray them with some apple cider vinegar and coat them with a generous squirt of your favorite BBQ sauce. Skip over spreading out the sauce, the heat and apple cider vinegar will take care of that for you. Make sure the aluminum foil is completely sealed, you want to keep all the moisture inside. Feel free to return them to the smoker, or simply put them into a 275 degree Fahrenheit oven (since they are wrapped up at this point, the smoke will be doing nothing). 2 Hours
Phase 3: Tighten Up Pull the ribs out of the oven and remove the foil. Be careful, these will be very hot and release a decent amount of steam. Turn up the temperature of the smoker or over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add a little more sauce onto the ribs, spreading it out this time. Return the ribs to the smoker or oven. 30 Minutes

Hot Spots?

Rotate your meat around the various areas of your cooking space in the smoker to ensure everything cooks evemly

Bread on grill showing the hot spots

16 slices of bread on a grill showing where the heat is distributed, highlighting any hot spots.