Baby Back Ribs, Smoked to Perfection

Learn how long to smoke ribs at 250 degrees with this recipe. I like smoked ribs that are buttery and crisp on the outside, moist and tender on the inside, and stay on the bone. This recipe is a variation of the popular 2-2-1 technique for smoking baby back ribs.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins


  • 3 racks pork baby back ribs

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • ¼ cup barbeque sauce (such as KC Masterpiece® Original), or to taste


  1. Place 3 fist-sized chunks of wood in a smoker and heat to 250 degrees F (121 degrees C).

  2. While the wood burns down, mix salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin together in a bowl. Apply rub to both sides of ribs.

  3. Add ribs to the smoker, bone-side down, once a thin blue smoke appears. Smoke for 2 hours.

  4. Reduce heat to 225 to 250 degrees F (107 to 121 degrees C). Wrap ribs lightly in aluminum foil to retain juices. Continue smoking for 1 1/2 hours more.

  5. Remove foil and continue to smoke until meat is tender but still stays on the bone, about 1 hour more, brushing lightly with barbeque sauce in the last 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1700 Calories
135g Fat
4g Carbs
111g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 1700
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 135g 173%
Saturated Fat 50g 250%
Cholesterol 536mg 179%
Sodium 1688mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 111g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 220mg 17%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1490mg 32%

* 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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