View Full Version : Safe low temp for ribs?

10-11-2015, 01:09 PM
I normally cook baby backs between 275 and 300 because they turn out great for me and I prefer not waiting as long as it takes at 225.

But my pellet smoker doesn't put out as much smoke at 275 as it does at 225, so I want to experiment with cooking lower and slower than I usually do. I'd like to see whether the smoke taste is more noticeable at the lower temps. And occasionally I have cooking situations where I would actually like my cook time to run LONGER . . . :loco: . . .

So I'm curious what temps are safe to smoke pork ribs. 200 ok? 175? What I would probably do is run at a low temp for a couple of hours and then boost the temps back up to finish them off.

Any info is appreciated!

10-11-2015, 01:24 PM
That will be fine. You don't want the meat to be at 40-140 for more than 4 hours.

10-11-2015, 01:26 PM
You can run the cooker at 180 degrees or so with any food product for 2 hours or more, then ramp it up to cooking temps with no safety issues. issues.
A lot of folk do that with pellet cookers to increase the smoke level on the product.

10-11-2015, 01:37 PM
180 degrees for 18 hours spare ribs. Least that's what a friend used to do at his restaurant. He used green hickory.

10-11-2015, 01:39 PM
If it's burnin pellets it's making smoke just of the cleaner variety at higher temps