How to Foil Wrap Ribs
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How to Foil Wrap Ribs

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If you want to enjoy juicy, succulent ribs every time, then it's worthwhile paying attention to the basics. Here is a technique for foil-wrapping that lets you check your ribs during the cook without damaging the foil resulting in dried out ribs. Noel Hassapladakis from Meat Mafia Collective shows us how!
  • Roll out a full arms width of heavy-duty foil.

    Roll out a full arms width of heavy-duty foil.

  • Cut off another 8cm of foil for the exposed bones.

    Cut off another 8cm of foil for the exposed bones.

  • Wrap the bones so they don't pierce the outer foil.

    Wrap the bones so they don't pierce the outer foil.

  • Fold over the ribs.

    Fold over the ribs.

  • Roll up the sides of the foil tightly.

    Roll up the sides of the foil tightly.

  • Fold over the top end twice.

    Fold over the top end twice.

  1. Start with a good, heavy-duty foil, standard supermarket foil will tear easily and will let out valuable moisture.

  2. Roll out a long piece of foil that is 2.5 times longer than the length of your ribs (about a full arms width).

  3. Cut off another 8cm wide length of foil, fold this in half lengthwise. This will act as a shield around your exposed rib bones so they won't pierce the outer foil layer.

  4. Prepare early, so your ribs can go straight into the foil as soon as they are removed from the Smoker. The dull side of the foil should wrap around the meat (shiny side out).

  5. Lay the ribs meat side down on the middle half of the foil. Add ingredients to add extra flavour and moisture underneath and on top of the meat.

  6. Take your small length of foil and wrap the exposed bones carefully. Smooth out sharp corners, otherwise, the foil may pierce and your ribs will go black.

  7. Fold the foil lengthwise in half and envelop your ribs.

  8. Fold in each side. Fold several times and fold right up to the edge of the ribs.

  9. Flatten the end and fold over twice. This end can be opened during the cook to check with a probe without ripping the foil.

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