CQ's Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Easy recipe for succulent, fall-off-the-bone smoked baby back ribs.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs

  • 1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle apple juice

  • ¼ cup dry barbeque rub, or more as needed

  • aluminum foil

  • mesquite wood chips, soaked in water

  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce


  1. Remove membrane from back of ribs. Cut each rack into 3 rib pieces. Place ribs in a large bowl and fill with apple juice; soak for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  3. Remove ribs from apple juice, cover with dry rub, and wrap each piece in aluminum foil, creating a packet. Place foil packets, unstacked, onto wire racks. Reserve juice for cooking.

  4. Place wire racks into the preheated smoker. Pour reserved apple juice in the smoker's water pan. Cook ribs in the preheated smoker, maintaining a temperature of 250 degrees F (120 degrees C), for 3 hours.

  5. Put mesquite chips in the wood box and pull out foil packets. Remove ribs from foil and generously apply barbeque sauce; discard foil.

  6. Place ribs, bone side-down, back in the smoker and cook until meat pulls away easily from the bone, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the ribs should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of apple juice. The actual amount of juice consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

643 Calories
30g Fat
67g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 643
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 2884mg 125%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 883mg 19%

* 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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