Certified Grilled and Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Cook Time:
3 - 4 hours


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  • Main

These ribs are cooked hot and fast on the grill but don't worry, they still have all of that great smoky flavor you love and are nice and tender. A perfect recipe if you don't have a ton of time but still want to make great BBQ.

This recipe is for the AKORN® Kamado, but you can do the same recipe using a barrel grill and a two-zone fire.


  1. 01

    Using a sharp knife, remove any loose meat on the ends of the ribs. Also, remove any excess fat from the top/meat side of the ribs. Tip: If you can pull any fat, you should remove it.



    • Full slabs of spare ribs
  3. 02

    Turn the ribs over, so the bones are facing up. Remove the membrane and discard. Remove any excess fat.

  4. 03

    Begin by leaving the ribs bone side up and apply a coating of hot sauce for a binder. Tip: Don't apply hot sauce or rubs on the sides of the ribs. This keeps the exposed bones from getting burnt during the smoking process.



    • Hot sauce
  6. 04

    Apply an even coating of BBQ rub on the ribs.



    • Favorite BBQ rub
  8. 05

    Flip ribs to the top/meat side of the ribs and apply a coating of hot sauce for a binder. Tip: Seasoning the bottom of the ribs first will help prevent the top/meat side seasonings from being messy.

  9. 06

    Apply an even coating of BBQ rub on the top of the ribs.

  10. 07

    Ribs are ready to be grilled.

  11. 08

    Grill the ribs for 2 minutes, meat side down on the grill grate.

  12. 09

    Flip the ribs so the meat side is facing up and grill for an additional 1-2 minutes.

  13. 10

    Using your Char-Griller Grill glove and grill grate lifter, lift the grill grate and move off to the side of the grill. Quickly insert the Char-Griller AKORN® Smokin' stone, insert Char-Griller drip pan filled with water, place grill grate with meat back in the pit.

  14. 11

    Shut the top smokestack to a low setting and do the same to the bottom of the vent. This will allow you to quickly lower your fire. Lock in the temperature when it hits 325°-350°F by adjusting the smokestack and bottom vent.

  15. 12

    Spritz with apple juice every 30 minutes and rotate ribs.



    • Apple Juice (not concentrate)
  17. 13

    After smoking for 2 1/2 hours, coat ribs with BBQ sauce and smoke for an additional 20 minutes.



    • Favorite BBQ sauce
  19. 14

    Remove ribs and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Slice and enjoy.