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Sliced smoked ribs brushed with BBQ sauce.

Smoked Ribs

These smoked ribs are baby back pork ribs coated in homemade spice rub and cooked to tender perfection. The easiest, most flavorful ribs that you'll ever make!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword pork ribs, smoked ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 488kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 racks baby back ribs about 6-8 pounds total
  • 2/3 cup BBQ spice rub
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice divided use
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce divided use
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat an electric smoker to 225 degrees F. Load the smoker with apple wood, cherry wood or hickory chips. Fill the smoker pan with water.
  • Remove membrane from ribs. Coat the ribs all over with the BBQ rub.
  • Place the ribs on the rack (bone side down) and smoke for 3 hours, basting every 30 minutes with 1/2 cup of apple juice.
  • After 3 hours, remove the ribs from the smoker. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup apple juice, 1 cup BBQ sauce and the brown sugar.
  • Pour the apple juice mixture over the ribs. Wrap each rack of ribs in foil.
  • Return the ribs to the smoker and smoke for 2 more hours.
  • Remove the foil from the ribs. Brush the remaining BBQ sauce over the ribs.
  • Turn the smoker temperature up to 250 degrees F. Smoke the ribs for 1 more hour. Let the ribs rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 572mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.6mg