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Sep 3, 2012 09:24 AM

Foil and BBQ sauce

I keep hearing that I should not cook any meats like ribs in foil if the ribs are sauced. Why? Thank you and Happy Labor Day.

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  1. For one thing the vinegar in the sauce will eat holes through the foil.

    1. You'll be fine. It would take a veeeeeery long time for the aluminum to react to the low levels of acid in your sauce and dissolve . . . as in months.

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      1. re: 1POINT21GW

        I have had it eat pinholes overnight.

        1. re: kengk

          Me too, every single time the acidic food touched the foil in the fridge. I would think just cooking them in foil would be OK, just not storing them in it. What about that new foil on the market that is non-stick or something like that?

          1. re: KSlink

            Just to clarify, this would be for cooking only and not storing or marinating.

            My wife just reminded me that when foil cooking bags were available (not be found any longer in my area) we used to cook them with sauce but they only cooked for short periods. I don't recall if the cooking bags had any special coating on them or not.

            Thanks for the replies so far.

      2. One reason not to cook ribs in BBQ sauce is that most sauces contain a lot of sugar, and since ribs need low and slow cooking, they can burn before they are done. Most BBQ joints do not sauce their ribs until the very end of cooking, if at all.