Smokin’ Saucy Baby Back Ribs & Tips

Smoky Goodness Awaits with this Ribs Recipe

Get ready to embark on a mouthwatering adventure with our Smokin’ Saucy Baby Back Ribs & Tips recipe. Prepared to perfection, these succulent ribs and tender tips are a testament to the art of smoking and grilling. Set aside some quality time, fire up your Smokin’ Champ 1733 Smoker and Grill from Char-Griller, and let's dive into a world of smoky goodness.

Why Ribs on an Offset Smoker are Great

Ribs cooked on an offset smoker are often considered the best because they embody the essence of traditional barbecue. The offset smoker's indirect heat, generated by burning wood or charcoal in a separate firebox, creates a slow and consistent cooking environment that allows the ribs to absorb the rich, smoky flavors over an extended period. This slow and low cooking method results in exceptionally tender and juicy ribs that practically melt off the bone. Furthermore, the wood or charcoal used in offset smokers imparts a distinct smokiness and depth of flavor that elevates the taste of the meat to a whole new level. The process of tending to the fire and maintaining the temperature becomes a labor of love, adding an element of craftsmanship to the cooking process. In essence, ribs on an offset smoker embody the time-honored traditions of barbecue, and the end result is a flavor-packed, smoky delight that's hard to beat.

Prepping to Smoke Ribs

Before you dive into cooking, it's essential to prep your Char-Griller grill for smoking. Follow these steps:

  • Clean the grates thoroughly, removing any residue from previous grilling sessions.
  • Fill a charcoal chimney with charcoal and light it up until the coals are glowing.

Set Up for Indirect Grilling

Once your coals are ready, spread them out on one side of your grill's charcoal grate or into the side fire box of your offset smoker. This will create a two-zone grilling setup: one side with direct heat and the other with indirect heat. Place an aluminum drip pan filled with water on the indirect side to create a moist cooking environment.

Why a mustard binder? Using mustard as a binder in barbecue and grilling is a common technique, serving multiple purposes. Mustard acts as a sticky substance that helps dry rubs adhere to the meat, enhancing flavor and contributing to bark formation. Additionally, it adds a subtle, tangy taste to the meat and helps retain moisture during cooking, creating a moist environment inside the smoker or grill. While mustard imparts its flavor, this usually dissipates during cooking, leaving behind the desired flavors from the dry rub and the meat itself. Although mustard is a popular choice, other binders like olive oil, mayonnaise, or Worcestershire sauce can also be used, depending on personal preference and the desired flavor profile for the barbecue or grilling recipe.


Smokin’ Saucy Baby Back Ribs & Tips

Cook Time:
5 - 6 hours


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  • Main


  1. 01

    Remove the membrane from the ribs. No knife needed: see it, pull it with a paper towel and discard.



    • 1 rack Baby back ribs and rib tips
  3. 02

    Lather both sides of ribs and all sides of the tips with mustard for the binder.



    • Mustard for binder, to taste
  5. 03

    Season both sides of ribs and all sides of the tips with @certified.creole.bbq Louisiana Red Dirt Rub and Char-Griller Rub.

  6. 04

    Place the tips on a few Char-Griller Grills skewers.



    • 2 Char-Griller Skewers
  8. 05

    Fire up a Smokin’ Champ 1733 Smoker/Grill to about 300°F with lump charcoal and smoking wood. I used mesquite & post oak woods.

  9. 06

    Put the ribs and tips on the grill. Spritz periodically with apple juice.



    • 1 1/3 cups Apple juice
  11. 07

    Smoke the ribs and tips for three hours, then wrap. I wrapped the ribs in foil with butter, brown sugar, bbq sauce, apple juice and @certitfied.creole.bbq Louisiana Red Dirt Rub.



    • 1/2 cup Butter
    • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
    • 1 1/3 cups Apple juice
    • BBQ sauce, to taste
    • @certified.creole.bbq Louisiana Red Dirt Rub, to taste
  13. 08

    Cook in foil for a few additional hours.

  14. 09

    Open up the foil from the ribs and tips. Sauce and drizzle the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce the last 15 minutes.

  15. 10

    Remove the ribs and tips from the grill.

  16. 11

    Rest for 15 minutes, then enjoy!