Steaming Along Today I put the finishing touches on my steam box and successfully bent the two previously discussed ribs. However, at no point did the steamed ribs feel supple and why they didn't break I don't know. It took me at least 5 minutes to bend each rib. I've reviewed posts regarding steaming and will try some additional tactics before proceeding with the next set of ribs. The method I used was to wet the ribs with a hose and wet towel ten minutes prior to placing in the steam box. Then I steamed for about 35 minutes. I had so much resistance by the time I reached the sheer my hands were shaking! I'm thinking of setting the ribs in the steamer vertically instead of flat. Checking my steam box temp before starting the steam process (I started shortly after producing steam). Trimming my ribs a little longer (I only gave myself two extra inches maybe one more).