If you’re just getting started and want to know how to cook BBQ smoked ribs, here’s something to help you on your journey to becoming a smoked rib connoisseur. And even if you’re a rib smokin’ veteran, we’re sure you’ll find some golden nuggets when you follow along with this step-by-step video tutorial…

Simple BBQ Smoked Ribs Recipe

Step one, as with almost every rib recipe, is trimming the rib rack. Trim down any excess fat that will not render down during cooking, cut off any loose pieces of meat and remove the silverskin from the bone side of the rack. If you want more information on trimming ribs, check out this in-depth guide.

Step two: applying the rub. Here are the ingredients for a great rib rub- feel free to adjust, add or remove ingredients to make it your own!

  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp granulated onion
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp spoon white sugar
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl, and apply a light coat to the ribs. Let sit at room temperature to allow the meat to “sweat through” the rub, then apply a second layer of rub. You should end up with ribs that have a nice, mahogany color.

Set your cooker up for indirect cooking (creating two heat zones, or using a deflector plate) and preheat to 275ºF. Once up to temp, place the ribs on the grill and close the lid.

Every 20-30 minutes, spray with some apple juice to keep the meat moist. Keep repeating to the end of the cook. At the 1 hour mark, spread some squeeze butter over the ribs- it will give them a great color and also absorb the smoky flavor while melting.

The ribs are ready when a toothpick or thermometer probe goes through with very little resistance. About 20 minutes before they are done, spread some BBQ sauce on top, so they can caramelize.

Let the BBQ smoked ribs rest for 10-15 minutes at room temperature after the end of the cook. Then slice, serve and enjoy!

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