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Unread 06-10-2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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Something I have been wondering about tenderness scores on ribs... As a cook, where would you start tweaking things to get more moisture in your ribs.. ( btw, my assumption is using spares here )

I am asking this, not because I got bad scores, but more for curiosity/tinkering... For example, I cook my ribs 3hrs smoke, about an hour in foil, then back out of the foil, on the smoker until they pass the bend test... If I didn't get decent scores in tenderness using that method, what should I be looking at to try and get more tenderness/moisture into the ribs.
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Were the ribs too tender or not tender enough?
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when we were talking about it, we were going under the assumption of not tender enough, so dry...
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Adding a liquid or butter when wrapping seems to help.
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Not tender enough means they weren't cooked long enough.
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Ron, where would you add the time, in foil, or in the time after the foil. I was thinking the later, would that be correct thinking?
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You could do either. If they are close to perfect then add at the end. If they are farther off then add in the foil.
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makes sense. Sometimes when I am cooking mine, I get almost a false sense of doneness when bringing them out of the foil, because they are on the fragile side, from being in the applejuice, so I know personally, I am always leery of that. Thanks for the advice.. I planned on experimenting with some tweaks to my process this summer, and that will help from a troubleshooting perspective...
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