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Smoked baby back ribs cooking instructions

Updated on June 17, 2013

prepping your ribs

First off making good BBQ isn't just turning on your cooker and throwing some meat on it. Good BBQ takes time and is hard work. Take your time prepping your ribs and the finished product will be one to remember.I like to start out with quality ribs as I feel quality meat cook better and tastes better. with ribs the first thing you want to do is place them meat side down and peel up the membrane and using a paper towel rip all of it off of the ribs. I also trim off any areas where there is excessive fat.

Tip when looking for ribs try to find ones that are the same thickness all the way across.. some can be thick on one end and thin on the other. They will cook either way but those thick ones don't seem to get as tender.

Once you have trimmed your ribs your ready to soak them. I like to soak my ribs over night and I soak them in coca cola. I use a 2 liter bottle and add a clove of garlic (crushed)and some onion. If you do not like onion then you can use onion powder about one tablespoon. If you do like onion then one chopped up small white onion will do. place those three ingredients in a pan and place your ribs in them and soak in fridge overnight.

prepping part 2

the next day when you are going to cook you ribs take them out of the fridge and pat them dry with paper towels. I then take and put a light coat of olive oil on my ribs using my hand. I put this on as it seals moisture and holds the rub on. Now apply your rub. ( i will provide a recipe for one down this page) put the rub on front and back and on the edges. After all your rub is applied place ribs back in the fridge for at least one hour to let the rub liquidize.

Time to cook

Turn on your smoker and set it to 275. Cook your ribs meat side up for 2 hours. Spritz with apple juice every 30 minutes.

After two hours take ribs off grill and place them in aluminum foil meat side down add 1/2 cup apple juice and seal them air tight. Use a good heavy duty aluminum foil do not use a cheap brand.

Place your ribs back on the grill for 1 and a 1/2 hours at 275 degrees.

After and hour and a half take ribs off and apply sauce and place back on the grill at 275 for 25 mins to allow the sauce to set.

Remove from grill cut and serve immediately.

cook time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 5 hours
Yields: 3 racks serves 6 people

Rub Recipe

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper


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      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      This sounds and looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing. Voted up as useful.


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