This is a great starter recipe for smoking your own BBQ ribs at home. Once mastered it can become the foundation to your own secret rib recipe.


Recipe Summary test

15 mins
5 hrs 15 mins
20 mins
5 hrs 50 mins
1 rack


Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Dry Rub:
BBQ Glaze:


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim any messy flaps from the ribs and remove the membrane. Rub mustard into the ribs.

  • Combine chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, sea salt, and garlic salt for dry rub in a small bowl; mix until well combined. Transfer to a shaker and sprinkle evenly over ribs. Let sit for 10 minutes to 2 hours.

  • Preheat a smoker to 225 degrees F (107 degrees F) according to manufacturer's instructions. Add wood chips to the smoker.

  • Place ribs on the preheated smoker and smoke for 3 hours.

  • Remove ribs from the smoker and place on 2 pieces of aluminum foil. Stir together apple juice, brown sugar, and melted butter; pour over ribs to cover. Wrap ribs tightly with the foil and return to the smoker for 2 hours.

  • Meanwhile, combine BBQ sauce and apple juice for the glaze until thin. Remove ribs from the smoker, unwrap, and discard foil. Paint on the sauce and return to the smoker until sauce has set, 15 to 30 minutes. Repeat this glaze step for a deeper finish, if desired.

  • Remove ribs from the smoker and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Cook's Note:

Use any wood chips you like.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of rub, sauce, and glaze. The actual amount of rub, sauce, and glaze consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

1355 calories; protein 78.5g; carbohydrates 55.7g; fat 89.8g; cholesterol 340.6mg; sodium 2600.5mg. Full Nutrition