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The Virginian
03-16-2013, 08:16 PM
I have had several highly regarded bbq competition cooks say that they flip ribs part way through the cook, from meat side up to meat side down, before wrapping. I never bothered to ask why, and they never bothered to say. I do not flip my ribs over, but am looking for any little thing that might take them up half a notch. SOOOO, can anyone explain why flipping ribs part way through the cook would make them better? Theories?

Thanks,
Brett

jketron
03-16-2013, 08:19 PM
Flip them over when you foil so the meat cooks in the juices. If you are adding stuff when you foil you want the meat in the "stuff". If its meat up the meat isn't in the "stuff" you added at foil time

The Virginian
03-16-2013, 09:05 PM
I do keep them meat side down when I wrap, but the recommendation is to flip them over in the smoker an hour or so before wrapping. I am looking for a reason why that should improve the final product.

Lake Dogs
03-16-2013, 09:48 PM
Hopefully you'll be doing a few practice cooks. I suggest flipping one right next to one un-flipped; taste the results side-by-side.

Southern Home Boy
03-16-2013, 11:58 PM
I suppose it would depend on what kind of cooker you're using. I flip mine, but I use a UDS. With the more direct heat cooking you get with a UDS flipping does two things: One, it creates a little more bark on the meat. Two, it keeps the bone side from getting TOO blackened.

Yleekyoti
03-17-2013, 07:19 AM
I dont flip mine till I wrap. UDS . Looks like a side by side test run is in order!

Podge
03-17-2013, 08:07 PM
I do it because it makes me look cool.

Wampus
03-17-2013, 09:06 PM
Wait....flippin ribs is COOL lookin?


Dangit! No WONDER......






As said, we flip when we wrap, but don't see the need to do before. Personally, I'd be afraid of messing up the beautiful color with "grate crud", but maybe that's just me.

Lake Dogs
03-18-2013, 07:27 AM
chicks dig flipped ribs

just sayin'


I dont flip mine, and maybe I should....

timzcardz
03-18-2013, 08:05 AM
I never flip, and I never wrap.

Considering that I've had a few 1st places, as well as other top place finishes, I will not be doing either in the forseeable future.

So, I have no idea what it does.

Eggspert
03-18-2013, 08:08 AM
I think flipping helps get more uniform color, also I have a theory that it more even distributes the juices in the meat??? No scientific research to back this up.

Eggspert BBQ

Dragline
03-18-2013, 09:29 AM
Wait....flippin ribs is COOL lookin?


Dangit! No WONDER......






As said, we flip when we wrap, but don't see the need to do before. Personally, I'd be afraid of messing up the beautiful color with "grate crud", but maybe that's just me.

It's just you!


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Yleekyoti
03-18-2013, 11:23 AM
Grate crud?? you mean your not supposed to clean the grates?

Wampus
03-18-2013, 11:30 AM
Oh, we clean the grates, but there's still sometimes a light residue on them. I don't want grill or grate marks on our purty ribs!

ique
03-18-2013, 03:18 PM
I have had several highly regarded bbq competition cooks say that they flip ribs part way through the cook, from meat side up to meat side down, before wrapping. I never bothered to ask why, and they never bothered to say. I do not flip my ribs over, but am looking for any little thing that might take them up half a notch. SOOOO, can anyone explain why flipping ribs part way through the cook would make them better? Theories?

Thanks,
Brett

Even cooking. Cook your ribs meat up for the entire cook. My bet is there is unevenness in the color on the meat side vs. the bone side. There may be examples of pits that have a perfect balance of heat but most do not.

Flipping the ribs allows you to create a perfect balance of caramelized crust on both sides which in theory should lead to tastier ribs. When to flip in the cooking process depends on the cooker but the idea is to create even color on both sides.

CookinQ4U
03-18-2013, 03:26 PM
I'm new to this forum, but not to competition. I've seen guys do it, but just when they were getting a little too much char on the bone side. I only flip when I foil.