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Barbecue Rib Racks

Barbecue Smoked Ribs
Ribs on the Smoker

If you’ve ever tried to grill or smoke ribs, then you know that ribs take up a lot of space.

Though you can wrap ribs around in a circle shape and pin or tie them, that doesn’t work that well. Ribs are bad about going back to long and flat in shape. So, you end up wrestling ribs if you’re cooking more than a couple (and who the heck cooks only a few ribs?).

Yep. Ribs can be a challenge . . . that’s where the rib rack comes in, and Weber is my top pick though there are a number of good brands on the market. I just know and trust Weber, and my racks have stood up over time.

What is a Rib Rack?

The rib rack is just a simple piece of metal. It will put you to mind of the metal racks used in the office to keep papers in order. It’s just a metal contraption that has four slots (or can vary) for sliding in ribs just like you would use for papers or files. Come on. You know you can relate. Just file your ribs and let them simmer. It’s not THAT hard.

Racks – Not Just for Ribs

You can put other cuts of meat in the rib rack. Chicken or pork chops and so on can go in the rack. Again, this helps as far as even cooking. It’s just not as critical with other smaller cuts of meat. Ribs are the hardest to cook and get right, and the rack makes it much easier.

My Rack Gripe

The only complaint I’d have with the typical rib rack is that it only holds 4 big ribs. You can get a second rack and do two levels on the smoker (Smokey Joe has two levels) or get two racks and put them in larger regular grills (which can hold 2 racks). With one rack, you can feed 8 people. Big ribs easily serve 2 people per rib. So 4 ribs will work for most families. If you want to cook for larger groups or want to freeze ribs for later (and they heat up as good or better than right off the grill), then think about 2 racks. I’d say to buy one first and then decide.

Double Fun

I’m really glad I got the rib rack. We’ve given it a good work out. I think I may buy a second rack. We like to have parties and also love the ribs warmed over later. They freeze and then can be heated in the oven for a great meal. Since it takes so long to cook ribs, I’d say that bulk cooking is a good idea. Four ribs may not be enough even if they can feed 8 people. The more I think about, the more I think I’m needing another rib rack.

Thumbs Up to Rib Racks

It can be tempting to skimp on the gear. But rib racks are inexpensive, and the headaches saved with trying to tie ribs makes it definately a worthwhile purchase.



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