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Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Updated on May 27, 2015

Smoking Baby Back Ribs

Every since I was a little girl I've been eating BBQ and love it. I'm always looking for new recipes for the grill. We use a charcoal grill. One thing that I have learned over the years of grilling is that it is always best to marinate the meat before putting it on the grill to smoke. I don't marinate my steaks but all other meats I marinate overnight.

Below is the recipe we have come up with for our baby back ribs and they will melt in your mouth. I like to keep things simple so that you still get the flavor of the meat and the marinate. You don't need a lot of ingredients to make anything taste good.

Remember to start your marinate the night before so that the meat can soak up all the yummy juices before you start cooking!!!!

Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Marinating ribs in apple juice and brown sugar
Marinating ribs in apple juice and brown sugar


  • 2 Slabs Baby Back Ribs, Or more if you have more company
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Juice or Cider
  1. The night before you cook - start your ribs marinating in apple juice/cider and brown sugar. Use your best judgement on the amount you put in the marinate. I use a little less brown sugar since the brown sugar will make them very sticky while eating. Just add enough brown sugar to cover the meat - pour the apple juice over the brown sugar and rub the meat to cover. Place in pan with rib side up so the meat is the the main apple juice marinate.
  2. Start your grill - making sure your fire is big enough to get the wood started once the charcoal turns gray
  3. you can use wood chips/chunks that have been soaked - I don't soak them personal. Add the wood chips/chunks once the charcoal has turned gray
  4. Place the ribs directly off heat once the grill temperature is between 250-300.
  5. Watch the temperature to maintain - adding additional charcoal and wood chips/chunks about every hour or so. This will depend on your living region and your BBQ Grill.
  6. Cook for about 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Sit back and enjoy the afternoon while maintaining the grill temperature

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves about 4 average hungry people


I am not sure what the calories or fat contents of this recipe is. They taste delicious and melt in your mouth. You know the ribs are done when they start to pull away from the rib. I don't like the meat to just fall off the bone but pull away from the bone will little to no effort.

Let me know what you think!!!!

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Crazy Facts

In doing some research on the web on how to improve my blogs and get followers, I have learned that you need to write more about yourself. People seem to want to follow someone else's drama and I totally get that. It took me awhile to get this recipe down and get my ribs to turn out just right. I made a few, well ok a lot of mistakes before I found out what I was doing wrong. My fire was never really hot enough to produce the smoke and heat needed to cook the ribs. So as my Daddy always told me, "Go Big or Go Home", so I went big!!!! Really big and tried to start a fire on the patio!!! Oh No!!! Guess its not a good idea to keep the wood pile under the fire box. Blonde move on my part, tho it wasn't just me!!!! HAHAHA. I just hope that one day. my children will learn to cook from me and not make the same mistakes I have. And maybe they won't since they have watched most of my mistakes happen in the kitchen.

Have a wonderful, fire free day and please, please let me know if you have tried the recipe or have another recipe for smoking. I love cooking and love trying new recipes!!!!!

Enjoy :)


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