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pitbossJB
06-17-2013, 11:55 PM
This coming weekend I'm going to smoke ribs for about fifty people on my newly completed UDS, I'll send pix when it happens. I'm figuring about one pound per guest. Am I high or low?

hachi-roku_fan
06-18-2013, 12:02 AM
Definitely take photos. I want to see how you load it up.

pitbossJB
06-18-2013, 12:07 AM
Will do, I've got three grates and I'm thinking of adding one more on top.

Kenn007BBQ
06-18-2013, 02:05 AM
with sides u could feed 5 to 6 people with one slab. I cooked 9 slabs st Louis cut ribs for 40 and there was none left and most went for seconds

foam2
06-18-2013, 07:00 AM
I think you would need at least 12-14 slabs, and don't invite too many big eaters... Getting those to fit on a UDS even on three grates will be difficult and the racks closest to the bottom will be done much sooner than the middle or the top grates. I did 4 racks, 2 per grate and the bottom ones were crispy like one of my friends liked it and the top 2 were almost done but needed a little more time. Making adjustments to the bottom rack with the middle and top grates in place will take a lot of heat out of the smoker and lead to a longer cooking time.
You may want to look at hanging your ribs in the UDS similar to the pbc cooker instead.

SmokinJohn
06-18-2013, 08:24 AM
Yes, we need pics!

I might be able to, with rib racks do 10-12 racks in my UDS (Haven't tried).

Are you going to foil them, or just let the smoke roll?

Ron_L
06-18-2013, 09:13 AM
with sides u could feed 5 to 6 people with one slab. I cooked 9 slabs st Louis cut ribs for 40 and there was none left and most went for seconds

That's about 2 bones each. That seems like a small portion. I think three bones (so 4 servings per rack) is a better guess if there is another meat or 4 bones (3 servings per rack) if that is the only meat.

pitbossJB
06-18-2013, 09:24 AM
I've got 12 racks to fit in. I'll trim them St. Louis style. I'm going to just let the smoke roll, no foil and I'm going to use Pecan with a water pan.

daTank
06-18-2013, 09:30 AM
sounds YUMMY!!

JussBuss
06-18-2013, 10:00 AM
I always figure about 3-6 ribs per guest. I did a half slab per guest on 18 people and none were left. Might have been the quality too though lol.

CharredApron
06-18-2013, 10:44 AM
1/2 rack per person but for 50 I'd be throwing on some Spatchcocked chicken too. :wink:

Carbon
06-18-2013, 11:03 AM
If you can figure out a way to do it you can easily hang at least a dozen slabs in the 55 gal drum. Just a couple of weekends ago I hung 5 slabs off a single rod going across in my mini 15 gal drum.

Here's that thread:
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=162339&highlight=ribs+yakitori

jcinadr
06-18-2013, 11:05 AM
I have not done it, from simply a pure volume point of view, I have considered making a wood smoking box to sit on top of my UDS (box just simplifies the use of rods). A wood box would be fairly insulated, so there should be no great heat loss with the increase in volume. I suspect it would not be all that hard to find an economical grid size, but I have mainly wanted to do it to hang sausage for smoking. Pretty sure it would be a simple project to make a smoking box for 100lbs of sausage, but you could probably hang ribs just as easy.

Bbq Bubba
06-18-2013, 11:17 AM
I've got 12 racks to fit in. I'll trim them St. Louis style. I'm going to just let the smoke roll, no foil and I'm going to use Pecan with a water pan.

Ditch the water pan. The drum already is a very moist cooking enviroment.

pitbossJB
06-18-2013, 11:33 AM
What I might do is make some racks and stand them on their sides then it would be easy to check the bottom slabs.

Carbon
06-18-2013, 11:42 AM
or you can roll each slab....that can get you about 6 on each cooking rack..

grantw
06-18-2013, 11:01 PM
you will fit the most in there if ya roll em like carbon says

pitbossJB
06-19-2013, 02:35 PM
Thanks guys, I'm thinking I might make some racks and just go with two grates.

MI Smoke
06-19-2013, 05:00 PM
Good luck:hail:
I don't have a UDS anymore, but I would like to see some pics.

BigBoi
06-19-2013, 09:24 PM
Subscribed for pics.

jcinadr
06-19-2013, 09:57 PM
Just a random thought - instead of simply rolling them could they be swirled/spiral instead (somehow pinned in place with skewers and perhaps jalapeño spacers)?

Did some quick math. I doubt you would get more than 10 per layer unless they were really packed in (which would mess up airflow). 2" per circuit would yield 8 (10 would be on the drum metal) 1 1/2" would get 12ish. Still would love to see the experiment of that many ribs on a pit (especially 2 layers - but that is one expensive experiment)

BigBoi
06-19-2013, 10:00 PM
Just a random thought - instead of simply rolling them could they be swirled/spiral instead (somehow pinned in place with skewers and perhaps jalapeņo spacers)?

Great idea with the pepper spacers

jcinadr
06-19-2013, 10:45 PM
I think the pepper spacers came to mind because I was thinking about doing ABT's this weekend. Bet 50 ABT spacers would be no problem. (I core my ABT's rather than split them)

pitbossJB
06-20-2013, 04:14 PM
That is a great idea, I can't use it this time, but I'm going to do that one soon.

Dr. Trout Bum
06-21-2013, 10:46 AM
I'll be interested to see how you fit all of that in....that's a lot of people to feed ribs to with one UDS. Hope it goes well!

pitbossJB
06-21-2013, 12:22 PM
Yeah I'm wondering too. I built some custom rib racks yesterday for the purpose and I'll post some pictures of them tonight.

Carbon
06-21-2013, 12:35 PM
I curious to see what you made.

In the next few days I'm planning on welding up a combination rib hanger and grate for my UDS using rebar and some remnant expanded steel.

pitbossJB
06-21-2013, 01:03 PM
I'd post them right now if tapatalk wasn't disabled. That sure made it easy for me.

BigBoi
06-21-2013, 01:27 PM
Tapatalk is great. But try uploading pics into Photobucket and copying the IMG links to the forum.

HogFan
06-21-2013, 01:48 PM
I would love to see how to fit ribs for 50 in a single UDS. I've got to admit, I'm skeptical it can be done (assuming everyone eats their fill and not other meat item served).

pitbossJB
06-21-2013, 02:16 PM
I hoping it's enough. I actually don't know the final head count. But I'm smoking fifty pounds of spare's.

pitbossJB
06-22-2013, 02:02 AM
Here are some pics of the rib racks that I made and also my water bowl set-up on my coal basket.
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westy
06-22-2013, 06:09 AM
Nicely done on the racks and basket setup. Good luck with the cook.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
06-22-2013, 08:07 AM
Very ambitious cook for one UDS you have planned. Pull this off and you will move from pitboss to pitmaster in my eyes!

pitbossJB
06-23-2013, 01:07 PM
Well I managed to smoke all the ribs in one cook and they were fabulous, in fact I think I could fit on four more slabs. But I totally failed in the picture department:sad: With all those people hot for ribs I barely was able to get my camera out. So here's what I've got.
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Thin blue

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aftermath

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going back on

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ready to serve

Carbon
06-23-2013, 01:14 PM
Well executed! And I like your your rib racks and basket set up. Very nice.

pitbossJB
06-23-2013, 01:34 PM
Sorry about the pictures, it's the last thing you think about when your hands are all slimy in the middle of a cook.

pitbossJB
06-25-2013, 10:07 AM
Wow I can't believe how much grease is in the bottom of this UDS. I'm going to have to make a grease pan if I ever cook that many ribs again, there's got to be a gallon in the bottom of this thing. I'm going to pressure wash it!