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Spicy Smoked Back Ribs with Maple Glaze

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"Tender pork back ribs are slowly grilled with a spicy rub and maple syrup, then brushed with a sweet and spicy glaze."
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5 h servings 3411
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. About 30 minutes before smoking, make the dry rub. Combine all rub ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Generously coat both sides of ribs with rub. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Whisk together all ingredients in large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Heat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking at 275 degrees F. Add drained wood chips, if using.
  4. Place the ribs, meaty side up, over a drip pan and cook for 2 hours, spraying with apple juice every 30 minutes. Add about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.
  5. Remove ribs from grill. Place each rack on double stack of large aluminum foil. Drizzle maple syrup and butter on each rack; sprinkle with brown sugar and spray with apple juice; wrap each rack tightly with foil.
  6. 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.
  7. Remove ribs from grill and unwrap. Place ribs over direct heat on grill and brush with barbecue sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is set. Turn ribs and repeat with more sauce.
  8. Serve ribs with remaining barbecue sauce.


  • Recipe by BBQ Pit Master, Tuffy Stone.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 3411 calories; 238.9 164.4 151.2 797 10375 Full nutrition

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This recipe is delicious!!! My family said these were the best ribs ever!!! Better than the ones we have had in fancy restaurants!!!... I don't have a smoker at home but I love the smoke flavor ...

Outstanding recipe. Will definitely prepare this again!!!

I pressure cooked the raw ribs for 20 mins, took them out places them in a pan and added the dry rub and let that marinate the meat while I prepared the glaze. Dipped each rib in the glaze and s...

One of the best rib recipes that I've ever made, however it is way too salty. I recommend cutting the salt on the rub in half. Otherwise very good. The sauce is excellent as written. Th...

Ohmygoodness. OH MY GOODNESS. These are PHENOMENAL!!! Definitely some of the best ribs I've ever had the pleasure of eating. I served them for a Father's Day celebration and they were absolu...