Smoked Baby Back Rib Recipe

Prep Time: 30 Min | Cook Time: 5-6 Hrs


  • 1
    Slab of Pork Baby Back Ribs
  • 2
    Your favorite BBQ rub
  • 3
    Yellow Mustard
  • 4
  • 5
    Stick Butter (Unsalted)

Baby Back Ribs are a staple among the BBQ community, and this Smoked Baby Back Rib recipe does not disappoint. You can never go wrong with a classic!


1- Start by removing your ribs from the packaging and pat dry with a paper towel.

2- Remove the membrane from the bone side of your ribs (Pro Tip: This is easily achieved by lifting the membrane from the bone with a butter knife, and then grabbing the membrane with a paper towel for a good grip).

3-Rub your rack of ribs with a thin layer of yellow mustard as a binder.

4-Apply your favorite BBQ rub to the ribs. Set aside for about 15 minutes to allow the rub to adhere to the meat while you get your smoker or cooker of choice fired up!

5- Bring the cooker up to 250 degrees F, place your ribs on the rack of your smoker or cooker, and cook for approximately 3 hours.

6-After 3 hours you should have a nice bark developed and the rub should have "dried" onto the ribs. It is at this point that you want to tightly wrap your ribs in aluminum foil with some honey (of your choice) and about 3-4 pads of unsalted butter on each side.

7-Place your wrapped ribs back on the smoker/cooker and cook for an additional 2-2.5 hours (pro tip: you can tell if you need more time by probing the ribs with a toothpick. If the meat "grabs" the toothpick, you need more time. The tooth pick should slide in and out like a warm stick of butter when the ribs are done).

8-Once your desired tenderness is achieved, remove ribs from smoker/cooker and allow ribs to rest for about 20-30 minutes. This will allow the meat to stop cooking and absorbs all the juices back in.

9-Slice your ribs and enjoy!!

Serve along side some mac n cheese or your favorite BBQ sides!! Let us know if you tried this recipe and how you enjoyed it!!

Author: Matt Cass
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