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Old 05-16-2018, 02:30 PM   #1
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Need advice! Going to be doing baby back ribs very soon! Do you use a rib rack or straight on the grates? Thank you all in advance!
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:39 PM   #2
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I always go straight on the grates...unless i need more room...then use the rib rack.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:50 PM   #3
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Rack only when necessary. Mine bunches the racks up too tightly in my mind.

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Old 05-16-2018, 02:50 PM   #4
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:51 PM   #5
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If space was an issue....rib rack. Otherwise, flat on the grate. Actually, when having to use the rib rack....they're a pain to clean afterwards
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:58 PM   #6
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Appreciate the advice! No rib racks used in the cooking of 3 racks of babybacks
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:41 PM   #7
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What those other guys said.
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:02 PM   #8
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+1 What they said above.
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:44 PM   #9
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I don't even own a rib rack, never cook more than 3 racks at a time.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:06 PM   #10
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I use bamboo skewers to hold them upright. It only takes two, you just push them through and space them the way you want. When they're ready, there's no rack to clean and store.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:06 PM   #11
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I don't have a rib rack. I have to admit, after all these years, I have never inquired, read anything about and have any info on rib racks. I have always gone straight on shelves. I am curious to see answers. Do folks have any experiences with the fat rendering and the ribs losing a significant amount of rub?
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:28 PM   #12
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I just saw mine in the basement today. The spiders seem to like it.
If you are cooking on a kettle.

For ribs, if you need room for more, pick up a spare cooking grate. Flip it upside down and rotate it so the handles on the new rack are at 90 deg from handles of the old rack, so the new rack is supported in four places. It will fit under the lid.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:37 PM   #13
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I've got one I hacked for a mini wsm- had to... sucker cooks good- but grate space is super tight.

If I'm cooking on one of my others: flat on the grate- always. (but I'm not like some of these fellas doing 8+ racks at a time)
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:31 PM   #14
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Same as most of these boys. Straight on the grate unless room becomes an issue.
I cook on a kettle, indirect. Two racks of spares go straight on. Three or four get the grate.
I don’t notice much, if any difference in quality or cook time. The main reason I don’t use the rack unless needed is the cleanup PITA.


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Old 05-16-2018, 08:23 PM   #15
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Like the others have said- on the rack unless I need extra space, then they get the rack.
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