CCRyder's Cider-Smoked Ribs


Wood-smoked baby back ribs.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 5 mins
12 servings


Rib Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons sea salt

  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground New Mexico chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika

  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste

  • 3 slabs baby back pork ribs

  • 4 cups apple cider, or as needed

  • 2 cups barbeque sauce


  1. Mix white sugar, brown sugar, sea salt, chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ancho chile powder, black pepper, rosemary, thyme, cumin, nutmeg, allspice, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl to make the rib rub.

  2. Coat ribs evenly with rub. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Preheat smoker to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) per manufacturer's instructions. Place ribs on smoker meat-side up. Smoke until browned, about 1 1/2 hour. Remove from smoker.

  4. Pour apple cider into an aluminum roasting pan. Position ribs in the pan, standing on end if needed. Cover with aluminum foil. Return to the smoker. Continue smoking ribs until tender, about 2 hours more.

  5. Transfer ribs to a grill. Brush barbeque sauce on top. Grill until dark brown, about 10 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

511 Calories
30g Fat
35g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 511
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 1458mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 13mg 71%
Potassium 457mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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