The trick to getting perfectly tender ribs is to wrap the slabs in Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil.
You want to do a 2-2-2 method. This means that you are going to smoke your ribs for 2 hours – then take them off the smoker and wrap them for 2 hours – then remove the foil and place them back on the smoker for a final 2 hours.
If you really want to take it up another notch – Add a little apple juice, margarine, or whatever baste you like to use to the slab once placed on the aluminum foil. Wrap it up real good not allowing the bones to puncture the pouch.
This will create the perfect environment for tenderizing the ribs. I wrap my ribs for 2 hours at 225; be sure to check them at 1:45 minutes. You want to unwrap a slab and gentle tug on a few of the middle bones.If they feel like they will pull out with little or know effort, you have them right where you want them.
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