A sweet recipe for smoked pork ribs. I usually use baby back ribs but have had great success with spare ribs as well.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir salt, white sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, black pepper, white pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, and cumin together in a small bowl to make the dry rub. Rub the spice mixture into the baby back ribs on all sides. Wrap the ribs well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.

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  • Unwrap baby back ribs and place onto the wire racks of the smoker in a single layer.

  • Place the racks into a smoker, fill the smoker pan with apple, grape, pear, or cherry chips, and bring the smoker to 270 degrees F (130 degrees C). Smoke for 1 hour.

  • Stir together the apple juice, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and the barbeque sauce. Brush the ribs with the sauce every 30 to 45 minutes after the first hour. Cook the ribs in the smoker until the meat is no longer pink and begins to "shrink" back from the bones, 3 to 4 hours. Brush the sauce onto the ribs one last time 30 minutes before the ribs are ready to be taken out of the smoker.

  • Once the ribs are done, wrap them tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest 10 to 15 minutes. This will allow the juices to reabsorb into the meat and make the ribs moist.

Nutrition Facts

827.2 calories; protein 49g 98% DV; carbohydrates 22.8g 7% DV; fat 59.2g 91% DV; cholesterol 234.1mg 78% DV; sodium 284.2mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2010
Oh my, these are finger lickin' good! I may be a Northern girl, but I do know a good rib when I taste one. The key to a really good rib is in the rub and this rub is great! I actually made extra and put it in a small jar to have on hand. I did change one major thing though and that was the amount of salt - I cut way back on that; 1 & 1/2 tsp. for the full recipe. The rest of the recipe is a matter of taste. I used 1 Tbsp each of the black and white peppers, but really you could leave it alone. We have a smoker, but if you don't use whatever you have - gas or charcoal grill with a lid. If you do use a grill, wrap the ribs in foil and put a thin layer of BBQ sauce on the bottom of the foil before wrapping to prevent the ribs from sticking. Place them on the grill on low heat, cover, and let them cook for about two - three hours or until done. Unwrap them and finish directly on the grill basting the ribs in the remaining BBQ sauce. As far as the BBQ sauce is concerned again use what you have or like. I didn't have apple juice so I added a splash of apple cider vinegar, a splash of liquid smoke along with the brown sugar to some Bull's Eye BBQ sauce I had (I doubled the amount the recipe called for). These were absolutely fabulous, fall off the bone good - perfect with coleslaw and cornbread. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/07/2015
The appearance of the finished product looked spectacular. My mouth watered as I split the ribs into two bone sections. My first bite of the bark shocked me! I'm a salt driven eater, but this was over the top salty. My next attempt, I'll reduce the salt by half or perhaps double the total weight of the pork ribs. The meat was fall off the bone, moist and the fat rendered out. If it weren't so salty I would have ranked it higher. Read More
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138 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2010
Oh my, these are finger lickin' good! I may be a Northern girl, but I do know a good rib when I taste one. The key to a really good rib is in the rub and this rub is great! I actually made extra and put it in a small jar to have on hand. I did change one major thing though and that was the amount of salt - I cut way back on that; 1 & 1/2 tsp. for the full recipe. The rest of the recipe is a matter of taste. I used 1 Tbsp each of the black and white peppers, but really you could leave it alone. We have a smoker, but if you don't use whatever you have - gas or charcoal grill with a lid. If you do use a grill, wrap the ribs in foil and put a thin layer of BBQ sauce on the bottom of the foil before wrapping to prevent the ribs from sticking. Place them on the grill on low heat, cover, and let them cook for about two - three hours or until done. Unwrap them and finish directly on the grill basting the ribs in the remaining BBQ sauce. As far as the BBQ sauce is concerned again use what you have or like. I didn't have apple juice so I added a splash of apple cider vinegar, a splash of liquid smoke along with the brown sugar to some Bull's Eye BBQ sauce I had (I doubled the amount the recipe called for). These were absolutely fabulous, fall off the bone good - perfect with coleslaw and cornbread. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2009
It was good overall it got alot of compliments. But personally i felt like the cumin was to strong especially since the smell stayed on my finigers so i would advise to use less or to not use it at all. But overall it was really good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2008
this recipe was deicious. we added jack daniels for extra flavour Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2009
It was good and I did not stick to the recipe because I could tell that it would of been too spicy for my family. Here is what I did: I used 1 tablespoon of the pepper and white pepper. I used slightly less than the 1/4 cup of salt...lets say 1/4 minus 1 tablespoon. I used 1/2 of the cumin because I agreed with another reviewer that the cumin would of been too strong otherwise. Next time when I try this recipe I am going to buy the frozen 100% apple juice and use it undiluted I believe it will bring out a sweeter intensity that I would prefer. I also used apple chips to smoke with and that was great. The meat was fall off the bone good and it was plenty spicy so I was glad I had cut those peppers in half. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2015
The appearance of the finished product looked spectacular. My mouth watered as I split the ribs into two bone sections. My first bite of the bark shocked me! I'm a salt driven eater, but this was over the top salty. My next attempt, I'll reduce the salt by half or perhaps double the total weight of the pork ribs. The meat was fall off the bone, moist and the fat rendered out. If it weren't so salty I would have ranked it higher. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2009
Great recipe! I do not have a smoker so I added a small amount of liquid smoke to the dry rub. I also added 1/4 cup of apple juice to the dry rub and let the ribs marinate for 6 hours. I grilled the ribs on my gas grill and brush them with the BBQ/apple juice/brown sugar mixture frequently. They came out so tender and the taste was perfect. I served the ribs with a side of grilled zucchini/yellow squash and couscous. Enjoy!!!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
I have used this as a rub all summer and been asked many times for the recipe. It is good on chicken steak & fish as well as pork. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2011
On Saturday my Masterbuilt 30" smoker arrived. After doing the preheating (cleaning the unit) on Sunday, I gave this recipe a try. Not knowing what to expect, I asked my wife & her family to have something else ready for dinner that night. This recipe made me look like a hero. The ribs came out perfectly....even though I did not follow the recipe exactly (I did not marinate the ribs in plastic in the refrigerator as listed). I added apple chips every time I was basting (soaked only for 20 minutes) & left the top vent open fully. I would suggest that you check the meat after 4 hours...my smoker cooked it faster than expected. Most importantly, cover the ribs in foil...this really adds to the flavor. The best part of the recipe is the aroma that your house receives when brining in the ribs... Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2010
I let my family rate this. We are not BBQ kings by any means nor am I a BBQ queen. I need it easy. This was. I found the blend of herbs beautiful I say a less on the cumin my husband said no. He thougt the cumin was dead on. After readiing others reviews the cumin was the topic. I guess it depends on how much you love cumin. We are fans. I needed a fast recipe. I did not have time to marinate. I rubbed the ribs did let them sit for 30 minutes pacing then roasted in the oven at 325 degrees for about 1 hour 15 minutes. This rub did not need sauce the fat from the ribs allowed me to roll them for juiceness though the boys wanted me to smear some BBQ sauce on them so I did. Just added to the whole experience. They were very good and I will use it again when I don't have time to think ahead of time. Great blend of dried spices. Thumbs up! Read More
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