Baby Backs Question…..

CMTiger

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 2, 2021
Messages
624
Reaction score
553
Points
93
Location
Birmingham, AL
Grill
Traeger Pro 575 / Weber Genesis / Orion Cooker
And maybe a dumb one…..but if you cut the rack in half does it effect then relative cook time. I’m thinking that’s a no but wanted to ask for certainty
 

Slimpicker

MODERATOR and Troll Filter
Staff member
Joined
Aug 3, 2020
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
2,970
Points
113
Location
stl mo
Grill
Pro 575 Bronze► OKJoe's Longhorn Combo► WeberQ Gasser ►Weber kettle► UDS ► Inkbird Sous Vide
Does 3 racks instead of just one lengthen the cook time?
No.
 

RustyJake

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 14, 2020
Messages
1,424
Reaction score
1,958
Points
113
Location
Vancouver Island
Grill
Ironwood 650
And maybe a dumb one…..but if you cut the rack in half does it effect then relative cook time. I’m thinking that’s a no but wanted to ask for certainty
You thought correctly. It won't effect the cook time by cutting the rack in half. Just may make it easier to handle and fit more on the grill.
 
OP
OP
CMTiger

CMTiger

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 2, 2021
Messages
624
Reaction score
553
Points
93
Location
Birmingham, AL
Grill
Traeger Pro 575 / Weber Genesis / Orion Cooker
You thought correctly. It won't effect the cook time by cutting the rack in half. Just may make it easier to handle and fit more on the grill.
Well we are doing burgers primarily tomorrow. I was thinking of cooking a half slab because I wanted them. Then maybe the other half Monday because my wife and daughter don’t eat them
 

Slimpicker

MODERATOR and Troll Filter
Staff member
Joined
Aug 3, 2020
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
2,970
Points
113
Location
stl mo
Grill
Pro 575 Bronze► OKJoe's Longhorn Combo► WeberQ Gasser ►Weber kettle► UDS ► Inkbird Sous Vide
Well we are doing burgers primarily tomorrow. I was thinking of cooking a half slab because I wanted them. Then maybe the other half Monday because my wife and daughter don’t eat them

I'd think you could maybe count on it to go 2-2-.5 maybe, babybacks don't really need the 3-2-1
 

RustyJake

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 14, 2020
Messages
1,424
Reaction score
1,958
Points
113
Location
Vancouver Island
Grill
Ironwood 650
Well we are doing burgers primarily tomorrow. I was thinking of cooking a half slab because I wanted them. Then maybe the other half Monday because my wife and daughter don’t eat them
Bitter sweet, more ribs for you, but probably don't cook them as often because of being just for you.
I usually cook extra and freeze vacuumed sealed portion packs for the sous vide reheat later. Actually just had some tonight
 

RayClem

Active member
Joined
May 4, 2022
Messages
151
Reaction score
96
Points
28
Location
Chicago suburbs
Grill
Ironwood 885
The thickness of the meat that affects cooking time more so than the length or width. If you take a 3" steak and slice it into two 1 1/2" steaks, they will cook far more quickly.

Cutting a 3" steak weighing 3 pounds into two steaks still 3" thick, but weighing 1 1/2 pounds each will take nearly as long to cook as the original steak. There will be a slight difference, but not nearly as much as you might think.

With the baby back ribs, cutting a full rack into two half-racks won't affect cooking time much at all, but if you were to cut the rack into individual riblets containing one bone each, the cook time would be decreased significantly. As the riblets will be exposed to smoke and heat on more surface area.
 

Slimpicker

MODERATOR and Troll Filter
Staff member
Joined
Aug 3, 2020
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
2,970
Points
113
Location
stl mo
Grill
Pro 575 Bronze► OKJoe's Longhorn Combo► WeberQ Gasser ►Weber kettle► UDS ► Inkbird Sous Vide
but if you were to cut the rack into individual riblets containing one bone each, the cook time would be decreased significantly. As the riblets will be exposed to smoke and heat on more surface area.
You would have to come up with a very strict plan on doing this so they don't dry out.
It actually sounds interesting but I would imagine a covered foil pan getting involved at the end to make sure they stay moist.
 
OP
OP
CMTiger

CMTiger

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 2, 2021
Messages
624
Reaction score
553
Points
93
Location
Birmingham, AL
Grill
Traeger Pro 575 / Weber Genesis / Orion Cooker
I'd think you could maybe count on it to go 2-2-.5 maybe, babybacks don't really need the 3-2-1
I think I’m gonna do 275 throughout
 

RayClem

Active member
Joined
May 4, 2022
Messages
151
Reaction score
96
Points
28
Location
Chicago suburbs
Grill
Ironwood 885
You would have to come up with a very strict plan on doing this so they don't dry out.
It actually sounds interesting but I would imagine a covered foil pan getting involved at the end to make sure they stay moist.

I know you can buy country style ribs which are not much different than riblets, but you are right about needing to be vigilant.
 
OP
OP
CMTiger

CMTiger

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 2, 2021
Messages
624
Reaction score
553
Points
93
Location
Birmingham, AL
Grill
Traeger Pro 575 / Weber Genesis / Orion Cooker
Bitter sweet, more ribs for you, but probably don't cook them as often because of being just for you.
I usually cook extra and freeze vacuumed sealed portion packs for the sous vide reheat later. Actually just had some tonight
Very bittersweet. This is only my second go around with ribs since I’ve had the Traeger. So I’m still learning. Usually if I’m getting ribs it’s at my folks house with that big smoker/rotisserie I posted several months back
 

RustyJake

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 14, 2020
Messages
1,424
Reaction score
1,958
Points
113
Location
Vancouver Island
Grill
Ironwood 650
Very bittersweet. This is only my second go around with ribs since I’ve had the Traeger. So I’m still learning. Usually if I’m getting ribs it’s at my folks house with that big smoker/rotisserie I posted several months back
I still have dreams about that pit. That is one to be proud of.
 
OP
OP
CMTiger

CMTiger

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 2, 2021
Messages
624
Reaction score
553
Points
93
Location
Birmingham, AL
Grill
Traeger Pro 575 / Weber Genesis / Orion Cooker
I still have dreams about that pit. That is one to be proud of.
He just upgraded. It’s bigger. Haven’t used it yet by maybe get somewhere around 15 racks on it. Not sure. It only gets used for big events but next time we use it I’ll take some pictures
 
OP
OP
CMTiger

CMTiger

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 2, 2021
Messages
624
Reaction score
553
Points
93
Location
Birmingham, AL
Grill
Traeger Pro 575 / Weber Genesis / Orion Cooker
Rolling on
 

Attachments

  • F31F09C8-D6F9-470A-8C60-C569D704559D.jpeg
    F31F09C8-D6F9-470A-8C60-C569D704559D.jpeg
    260.2 KB · Views: 13
  • 27388639-D116-4162-A439-C217DCBFE20C.jpeg
    27388639-D116-4162-A439-C217DCBFE20C.jpeg
    311.5 KB · Views: 13

Latest Discussions

Top