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Oct 4, 2013 09:38 AM

Pictorial from Bradley forum re smoking ribs

This is simple. Is it pretty much the standard that most use? I'm thinking ribs next :)

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  1. That is a thing of BEAUTY!

    1. Yeah, TenPointFive does some good stuff. I've followed his posts on the Bradley forum for years. Habanero Smoker is another one to look out for.

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      1. re: JMF

        That helps. So far I've found the site a bit overwhelming so being able to zero in on a couple of folks will help.

        1. re: c oliver

          Yes, the site is hell. But when you can weed out the good stuff, that's when it's good. The site has a lot of proven recipes. The folks who post there are some of the best from the Bradley forum.

          1. re: JMF

            I had seen her also. Thanks (yet again!).

      2. Hell yeah. Ribs are up next. For sure.

        1. It should be's just ribs and you're just flipping a switch.

          Don't be intimidated by meat.

          I cooked a full rack of spares yesterday. Direct heat, coals, and hickory wood. Two hours and DONE. Perfect ribs.

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          1. re: JayL

            Jay, I respect you a lot. I was more asking about the prep part.

            1. re: c oliver

              Prepping is as complicated as you care to make it. There are varying methods...none of them difficult.

          2. I sort of do it like the pictorial. I don't sauce them (because my wife and I prefer them unsauced) most of the time. I also finish in the oven instead of the Bradley. My oven is more efficient than the Bradley so I use it for most of the non-smoke time.

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            1. re: travelerjjm

              JMF had this to say and it makes sense to me:

              JMF Oct 9, 2013 03:52 AM
              I think the smoker is more efficient since it only has a 500 watt element.

              1. re: c oliver

                That was my initial thought, too. But then I read about the effects of opening the door, the superior insulation of the home oven, etc. and decided the latter was probably better. My oven seems to hold its heat pretty well compared to the Bradley. It's difficult to test the oven cycle time. I have a convection oven so it is a bit more efficient.

                Maybe if I had a PID for my Bradley I'd think differently.

                1. re: travelerjjm

                  What's the "oven cycle time" please?

                  1. re: c oliver

                    An oven uses basically "bang bang control" it's heating elements (electric in my case) are either on or off. We can look at that cycling and see how much is on time and how much is off time. So if an oven is using 3.7KW but is only on for 15 minutes, it's using just under 1KWH for that 15 minutes. If the smoker is using 500W and on for 1 hour it uses .5 KWH in that hour.. In that case, the smoker is using less electricity

                    1. re: travelerjjm

                      Mr. Smarty Pants!!! After a second reading I understood who you wrote :)

                      1. re: c oliver

                        I figured you would. :) I just thought maybe someone else might not really understand the issue so I thought I make it clear.

                        1. re: travelerjjm

                          Oops, I wrote "who" instead of "what" :)