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Chipotle chile powder imparts great smoky heat to these tender, grilled pork back ribs with a cherry-chipotle glaze.


Recipe Summary

3 hrs 30 mins
1 hr
4 hrs 40 mins
10 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Dry Rub:


Instructions Checklist
  • About one hour before smoking, make the dry rub. Combine all ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Pat ribs dry with paper towels; generously coat both sides of ribs with rub. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, make the glaze. Combine all ingredients except cherry preserves in medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in preserves. Set aside to cool.

  • Heat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking at 250 to 300 degrees F. Add drained wood chips, if using.

  • Place the ribs, meaty side down, over a drip pan and cook for 2 hours spraying both sides of ribs with apple juice every 20 to 30 minutes. Add about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.

  • Remove ribs from grill. Double-wrap each rack in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Return wrapped ribs to the grill and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours more over indirect heat, until very tender. Add more coals as needed to maintain temperature for a charcoal grill.

  • Remove ribs from grill and unwrap. Place ribs over direct heat on grill and brush with glaze. Cook for about 5 minutes until the glaze is set. Turn ribs and repeat with more glaze.

  • Serve ribs with remaining glaze.


Serving Suggestions: Round out the menu with a crisp green salad with ranch dressing and a pot of spicy Texas-style pinto beans.

Recipe by BBQ Pit Master, Tuffy Stone.

Nutrition Facts

2897 calories; protein 148.8g; carbohydrates 85.4g; fat 215g; cholesterol 736.1mg; sodium 3168.9mg. Full Nutrition