Where To Probe Ribs To Get The Correct Temperature Every Time

When cooking meat, it’s important to monitor its internal temperature. This helps ensure that the food is cooked thoroughly and safely.

Where To Probe Ribs To Get The Correct Temperature Every Time

The best way to do this is with a probe thermometer. They’re easy to use and can be used on any type of meat, including smoked ribs.

With pork ribs, it’s important to probe them in the right place or you may not get an accurate temperature reading.

We find out where to probe your ribs to get the temperature right.

Where Do You Need To Probe Ribs?

The best place to check that your ribs are done is between two bones. Ideally, you should probe the ribs in the middle of the rib sack.

It’s important not to let the thermometer touch the bones because it will affect your temperature reading.

You should also make sure that your meat thermometer is taking correct measurements. 

How To Check Your Meat Thermometer

Checking your meat thermometer regularly ensures that it stays calibrated and accurate. If you don’t, you risk overcooking or undercooking your meat.

To check your meat thermometer, follow these steps:

1. Place the tip of the thermometer into a deep-fryer basket or other container filled with hot oil.

2. Heat the oil until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Remove the thermometer from the oil and wait for 5 seconds before checking the temperature.

4. Once the temperature has been recorded, remove the thermometer from the heat source and allow it to cool down.

5. Repeat this process a few more times and take the average temperature.

6. If the readings aren’t consistent, then recalibrate your thermometer.

How To Calibrate Your Meat Thermometer

If your meat thermometer isn’t working properly, it could be damaged or you need to recalibrate it. It’s best to try recalibrating first.

Where To Probe Ribs To Get The Correct Temperature Every Time

How to calibrate your thermometer will depend on the type of thermometer. You can usually find specific guidance in the user manual that came with your thermometer. However, you can try the following steps.

To calibrate your meat thermometer, take a tall glass and fill it with cold water and ice.

Then hold the meat thermometer in the cold water for half a minute. Make sure that you don’t touch the bottom or the sides of the glass walls. 

You should allow around 2 minutes for the temperature calibration if your thermometer is a dial thermometer.

If your thermometer indicates 32 degrees Fahrenheit, then it shows correctly.

Why Is It Important To Check The Temperature Of Pork Ribs?

Pork ribs can be tricky to cook properly. They tend to dry out quickly if they are cooked too long.

If you overheat them, they’ll become tough and chewy. If you underheat them, they’ll taste bland and unappealing.

So, how do you know when pork ribs are ready? There are several ways to tell whether your pork ribs are cooked.

One way is by using an instant-read thermometer. Another method involves cutting open the meat and looking at it.

However, if you cut your pork ribs open before they are done, you will lose the right cooking temperature.

That’s why we recommend testing the internal temperature of pork ribs with a meat thermometer.

Why Does The Positioning Of The Probe Matter?

Cooking pork ribs to a perfect temperature can be an art in itself. The right temperature means the perfect cooking consistency. 

This applies to most meats, so why does it matter so much where you probe pork ribs?

Pork ribs naturally contain a much larger amount of bones than most other meat. That means there’s a lot of space inside the rib sack.

When probing the ribs, you need to avoid touching any bone. Bone has a different temperature than meat, so when you end up probing the bone with the thermometer, you will get an altered reading.

What’s The Best Temperature For Pork Ribs?

There isn’t one specific temperature that you want to aim for when cooking pork ribs. However, there are some guidelines that you can use as a reference point.

For example, if you’re cooking ribs on the grill, you may want to aim for around 195 degrees Fahrenheit. You may notice it to come off the bone slightly earlier.

If you want to keep the ribs on your heat source for longer, then it’s best to take them off before 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s important to find the right sweet spot as pork ribs go leathery and chewy when they are cooked for too long.

Does Rib Meat Need To Fall Off The Bone?

The answer to this question depends on your preferences. Some people like their ribs falling off the bone, while others prefer them intact.

In general, the thicker the rib, the longer it takes for the ribs to fall off the bone. Thinner ribs tend to break apart easily.

The rib meat will fall off the bone when it’s cooked for too long at a high temperature. This means that the meat will be dry.

Meat that falls off the bone has a slightly more leathery texture, which is often covered with more ketchup or barbecue sauce.

However, some barbecue lovers prefer this type of cooked meat. If you prefer your pork rib meat to fall off the bone, then you may need to try out the temperature that works best for you.

We would recommend not to go past 195 degrees Fahrenheit at first. It’s better to start slow and work your way up until you reach the desired temperature and your preferred texture.

How Long Should You Cook Pork Ribs?

The length of time depends on what type of cooker you are using.

You should always test the internal temperature after about 15 minutes of cooking. This gives you enough time to ensure that the ribs are cooked thoroughly.

Once you’ve reached the desired internal temperature, remove the ribs from the heat source. Allow them to rest for a little while.

Then, slice or chop them into portions and serve.

How Do You Know Ribs Are Done Without A Thermometer?

To determine if pork ribs are fully cooked, look for these signs:

  • When you poke the ribs with a fork, they should pull away easily.
  • When you press down on the ribs, they should spring back.
  • When you squeeze the ribs together, they should feel firm but not hard.


Pork ribs are easy to cook and make a great addition to your next BBQ party. They have a unique flavor that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Cooking pork ribs doesn’t require a special recipe. For the perfect temperature, you can just follow the above guide.

Saying this, our recommendations are just a guideline and you can always vary the cooking temperature to get the texture and consistency that tastes right for you.

John Rinder
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