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JMSetzler
05-06-2011, 12:35 AM
I was shopping around on Amazon for a rib rack to use on my WSM 18.5 and they all pretty much look the same to me. There are a couple models that will flip over and can be used as a roasting rack.

If you have a favorite rib rack or one that you just love, how about sharing a link?

Thanks!

Q-Dat
05-06-2011, 12:40 AM
I have the Steven Raichlen rib rack. It serves its purpose well, but it is kinda big so I don't know if it will fit in the 18.5". It may though. Also its a bit of a pain to get clean if you don't have a dishwasher.

If I were to buy one today it would probably be the dual purpose one that you mentioned.

Soybomb
05-06-2011, 12:42 AM
I have some generic rib/roast rack and find its a pain with spares. Might work better with baby backs. Consider rolling and skewering your ribs, I think its the easiest.

Brewer
05-06-2011, 12:43 AM
I use this one: http://www.traegergrills.com/shop/detail/BAC245

I've tried a few others and I really like the Traeger because it supports the whole rack evenly and it has 8 slots (the most I've seen). Not sure it would fit in your 18.5 but it fits in my 22.5 well.

I was looking at Klose rib racks and I likely would have chosen them had I not ran into the Traeger at a local restaurant supply. The Klose rack may fit better in your 18.5 - it looks a bit smaller.

sroxberg
05-06-2011, 12:43 AM
No not all rib racks are the same. I have a Weber 18.5 and don't use a rack. I use bamboo skewers and roll the racks and then slide a skewer threw them at them at three locations to hold them in a curl without any of the meat touching.

With this method I can get six to eight racks in my WSM.

I purchased a rack but it was too tall since I like baby back ribs, and it must have been designed for spares ribs.

john616
05-06-2011, 01:02 AM
I have the Steven Raichlen rib rack also. It cost more but it is a substantial rack! This picture shows a Weber rack on the left and the Steven Raichlen rack on the right. Shown are baby backs but for spares the Steven Raichlen is better. It also has handles.
Look on Amazon.com

Frank Grimes
05-06-2011, 01:06 AM
I use a roaster rack turned upside down, it works fine.

Hankdad1
05-06-2011, 01:50 AM
I bought one of these at TJ Max for about $8. It works fine as both a rib and a roast rack. Plus it eliminates one more item out of the grilling storage area.

Amazon.com: Charcoal Companion Non-Stick Reversible Roasting / Rib Rack: Patio, Lawn & Garden@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41mDinCQy3L.@@AMEPARAM@@41mDinCQy3L (http://www.amazon.com/Charcoal-Companion-Non-Stick-Reversible-Roasting/dp/B000OHBXJ6)

And yes, oil it b4 using, no brainer.

Crash
05-06-2011, 07:47 AM
We prefer the rib/roast rack that is shown above. Works perfect for us.

Never done a roast on it though, just ribs.

GreenDrake
05-06-2011, 08:03 AM
I love my Traeger racks, extremely well built.

aquablue22
05-06-2011, 08:14 AM
I have a rack that my father bought from Weber probably 30 + years ago, holds six rack nice and neat on the weber, fits on the top shelf of the dishwasher!

Fatback Joe
05-06-2011, 09:11 AM
Another vote for the Traeger.

Bill-Chicago
05-06-2011, 09:28 AM
For my WSM 18.5", I modified a pair of those taller racks with the potato spikes on the ends.

Picture in this thread:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?p=383382#post383382

They have worked really well for me

BBQ Grail
05-06-2011, 12:07 PM
I just invert the roasting rack my wife uses in the kitchen. Works great...

http://fantes.com/images/8862racks.jpg

TheDr
05-06-2011, 04:49 PM
Bloody genius using the roasting rack upside down! I never thought of that but I am going to see if mine will work for ribs since its never used in the roasting pan.

JMSetzler
05-06-2011, 05:06 PM
I just invert the roasting rack my wife uses in the kitchen. Works great...

http://fantes.com/images/8862racks.jpg

Thanks for this one... I picked up one of these (Oneida brand) at Bed Bath & Beyond this afternoon for ten bux... along with a nice set of poultry shears and a Calphalon carving set...

Bill-Chicago
05-06-2011, 05:21 PM
Thanks for this one... I picked up one of these (Oneida brand) at Bed Bath & Beyond this afternoon for ten bux...

I'd return it.

I had zero luck using these roaster/rack combos.

When flipped in rack position, only the top of the V point is high enough to support the rack of ribs.

You end up with the ends of the slabs draped towards either the front or the back of the rack.

When cooked, your meat will form into this distorted shape and will be impossible to wrap in foil, should you so choose.

Just my .02

Wish I woulda remembered that with my previous post

JMSetzler
05-06-2011, 05:25 PM
I'd return it.

I had zero luck using these roaster/rack combos.

When flipped in rack position, only the top of the V point is high enough to support the rack of ribs.

You end up with the ends of the slabs draped towards either the front or the back of the rack.

When cooked, your meat will form into this distorted shape and will be impossible to wrap in foil, should you so choose.

Just my .02

Wish I woulda remembered that with my previous post

I'll keep it whether it works or not. I'll just use it as a regular roasting rack. I might just build a rib rack. I wonder if a wooden design would hold up for any length of design in a smoker?

thillin
05-06-2011, 08:00 PM
I have a couple of ss racks from Klose. They are great and heavy duty enough to outlast me. They are true stainless and I;ve dropped them plenty, and have never bent.

BBQ Grail
05-06-2011, 08:20 PM
I'd return it.

I had zero luck using these roaster/rack combos.

When flipped in rack position, only the top of the V point is high enough to support the rack of ribs.

You end up with the ends of the slabs draped towards either the front or the back of the rack.

When cooked, your meat will form into this distorted shape and will be impossible to wrap in foil, should you so choose.

Just my .02

Wish I woulda remembered that with my previous post

I don't have those problems. Trimmed ribs aren't a problem and I don't cheat by foiling.

EDIT: :-D

ccourt9283
05-06-2011, 08:33 PM
These are the best I seen, but expensive.

http://www.southernsteamers.com/rib-racks.htm?gclid=CMuK8e291KgCFYhM2godvjptIA#RibRack s


http://www.southernsteamers.com/images/rib-rack.jpg

NRA4Life
05-06-2011, 09:43 PM
I own 3 of the Southern Steamers, excellent quality and highly recommended. All Stainless, holds 9 racks of ribs.

NRA4Life
05-06-2011, 09:46 PM
Here is another thread on the same thing.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=105393

BBQ Grail
05-06-2011, 10:05 PM
Have you considered rolling your ribs and standing them up on end? I've used that technique a couple of times with good results.

Carbon
05-06-2011, 10:15 PM
I have the Southern Steamers rack too. They're rather large so I cut them in half to make two smaller racks (holds 4 slabs each) to fit my cookers.

rauljustice
05-06-2011, 10:51 PM
any pictures of the "rolling rib skewer" mod

how do you "roll" a rack of ribs?

Gore
05-06-2011, 10:53 PM
The first one I bought was so hard to clean I threw it out. Look for simplicity. The one I now use is like the one posted by Hankdad1. It is easy to clean and works fine.

BBQ Grail
05-06-2011, 10:56 PM
any pictures of the "rolling rib skewer" mod
how do you "roll" a rack of ribs?

I don't have any pictures but the process is simple. Trim to St. Louis cut and just loosely roll them and secure with a wooden skewer.

Google "rolled ribs" and you'll come up with some pictures...

smokin joe's and son
05-06-2011, 11:10 PM
I bought one of these at TJ Max for about $8. It works fine as both a rib and a roast rack. Plus it eliminates one more item out of the grilling storage area.

Amazon.com: Charcoal Companion Non-Stick Reversible Roasting / Rib Rack: Patio, Lawn & Garden (http://www.amazon.com/Charcoal-Companion-Non-Stick-Reversible-Roasting/dp/B000OHBXJ6)

And yes, oil it b4 using, no brainer.

Ditto on this one, I picked up two of them at Marshalls (same as TJ Maxx) for $8 each.

Blackened
05-06-2011, 11:49 PM
Just picked this one up at Costco last week..


http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/7858/ribrack.jpg

Bevo
05-07-2011, 12:13 AM
http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/7858/ribrack.jpg
Beat me to it..I saw these today and had to purchase!