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Old 06-06-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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Question St Louis Ribs finish temp?

I am smoking my first racks of St Louis Ribs today, what temp should I look for at finish?
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:10 PM   #2
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Very few use internal temps for ribs. When the meat has pulled back about a half inch from the end of the bones and the rack bends fairly easily when you lift it from one end, they are done.
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:18 PM   #3
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what he said also 165 internal is a number we use
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:18 PM   #4
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How the hell do you measure the temp of ribs when you have a 1/4" of meat at the most?

Go with the bend test. Pick the rack up from one end and if it droops to almost 90*, they're done!
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what bubba said, you will see the meat start to separate, done, rest allitle, and enjoy
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:22 PM   #6
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Its the bend in the rib and the meat from the bones retreacting. I don't know or have ever known of anyone checking for internal temps on ribs.

Once you smoke a couple of racks you'll get a feal for the right time. Ribs reall are about timing. Not to much on internal temps. 220-250 4-6 hours.
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What Bubba said! Temps are not a criteria for ribs. Good luck bro!!
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See all the above...^^^...plus you can add the "tear test"...

Take hold of two adjacent bones toward the middle of the slab and give them a pull. If the meat offers a bit of resistance but then tears easily, you know the ribs are done just right

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don't really know what else to say, they are all right so good luck
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As has been mentioned, I look for the meat to pull back from the bone ends a tad........

I then insert a toothpick between the bones. If it goes in easy and pull out clean, them ribs are done.
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How the hell do you measure the temp of ribs when you have a 1/4" of meat at the most?

Go with the bend test. Pick the rack up from one end and if it droops to almost 90*, they're done!
The ones I got were really thick, about 3/4 to 1 inch thick, two slabs weighed about 3.75 lbs each. So I was able to stick probe in, I also did the bend test and that seemed to help me as I am still learning.

Thanks for everyone's help they turned out great.
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