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auto5man
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24 16 7:41 am    Post subject: Grate spacing for ribs Reply with quote

Quick question All. I tried searching this topic but didn't have much luck (I'm on my phone in a rural area). Quick question...how close together can rib grates be spaced? I want as many grates as possible in a vertical stack arrangement (rib dedicated arrangement, no other meats)

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Dave

P.s. Yes, it's been awhile since I've been on Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24 16 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My opinion, as long as there is good airflow an you are not worried about drippings, which I wouldn't be, I would say 2 " between. Check the grill temp a few times for consistency. As long a the smoke is flowing between them you should be good.

I leave about an inch when making jerky and still get that good Smokey flavour on all the pieces. I have three racks stacked right on each other but I am using the vertical chamber at that point though.

Good luck and let us know how you do.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24 16 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2" to 3" will work fine.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20 16 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

went with 3 inches...worked well as far as increasing cooker space. On Thursday last week at Memphis in May, I cooked 116 racks of ribs at once! Really helped make a smoother Friday with ancillary turn-ins, as all of the team ribs got finished the day before. On Friday we are usually having to serve Lunch, dinner, and ancillary contest entries concurrent with getting 3 cases of ribs done by dinner time.

But the contraption was a little clunky and rickety, and we are going to rebuild it. Balancing strength vs weight (we want it to be removable to allow room for whole hog on the main grate) is the challenge.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20 16 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad it worked out for you. How did you do in MIM?

Interested in pics of your rebuild if you are posting...

Chris
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PostPosted: Fri May 20 16 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for asking, we had our best finish ever...placed 10th in ribs out of 115 teams. Not bad for a team that competes only ONCE per year. So much fun getting to walk on the main stage at sunset...Tom Lee Park!

I will try to do better and post pics of the rebuilt rack stack. Our first effort worked, but it was ugly and completed at the very last minute 😚😚 not sure when we will get around to it though!
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PostPosted: Fri May 20 16 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Auto5, thats pretty damn good
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