Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs are a great thing to make on a lazy Sunday at home. I realize those days are few and far between in the summer but we managed to have one here and decided to spend the day playing around with the smoker. This recipe was adapted from one of my new favorite sites Hey Grill Hey and the link to the recipe is 3-2-1 Ribs.
I did not use the rub recipe provided I just used some we had on hand. I rubbed the ribs down and wrapped them in plastic wrap and let them marinade over night.
This process will take all day so plan ahead, there are a few steps to follow but they are well worth the effort. These ribs will come out smokey, slightly sweet and falling off the bone.
First take the ribs out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. While you are doing that pre-heat your smoker to 225 degrees.
Then, put the ribs in the smoker and let them sit for 3 hours. You can mow lawn, do laundry, mix a cocktail like my Pineapple Mango Margarita,take a nap, whatever suits you. It’s Sunday a day of rest.
After three hours take out the ribs and wrap them in foil upside down. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2-3 tablespoons softened butter and 1 cup of your favorite liquid. I used dark lager beer and you could really taste it in the ribs. The recipe calls for apple cider but I didn’t have any. You could use pretty much anything you want to though, beef broth, fruit juice, pop. Whatever floats your boat. Then tent the foil and return the ribs to the smoker for another two hours.
Once they have cooked in the foil for two hours take them out and return them to the smoker bone side down and schmear with your favorite bbq sauce. Let them cook for another hour and they should be perfection!
- 1 rack of baby back ribs
- 3 - 4 T of your favorite rub
- 1 c beer or liquid of choice
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- 2 - 3 T softened butter
- ½ c. bbq sauce
- Wood chips for smoker (I used apple wood for this recipe)
- The night before rub the ribs with dry rub, wrap them in plastic wrap and put in the fridge.
- The next day take them out and come to room temperature (30 min to an hour)
- While they are coming to room temp, heat your smoker to 225 degrees and add your wood chips.
- Put the ribs in the smoker and let sit for 3 hours.
- After 3 hours take the ribs out and put bone side up in aluminum foil. Rub in brown sugar, put butter on top and pour on liquid.
- Tent foil over the ribs and return to the smoker for an additional two hours at 225 degrees.
- After 2 hours take the ribs out and smear on the bbq sauce.
- Return to the smoker bone side down for an additional hour.