Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Smoked Baby Back Ribs

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These baby back ribs brought sexy back. They were a nice balance of sweet, heat, and bite. Make 'em, don't make 'em, but always respect the rib. This is a simple crowd pleaser.
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
For the ribs
  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • Rib rub; use your favorite! I used 1/2 cup black pepper and kosher salt along with a 1/4 cup each of paprika, brown sugar, white sugar. From that base, go bonkers; I like to add garlic powder, onion powder, ginger powder, and cumin in about 1-2 tablespoons each. Cayenne would be nice, but 1/2 teaspoon or less. 
  • Yellow mustard

For the foil wrap

  • Foil
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar

    For the glaze

    • 1/2 cup of your favorite ketchup based BBQ sauce
    • 1/4 cup pepper jelly
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • (optional) hot sauce to taste, I use Texas Peterrrr
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    • Trim any floppy bits from the ribs that will burn in the cook
    • Pull the membrane off the back of the ribs. This is easiest if you use a paper towel for grip.
    • Slather the ribs lightly with yellow mustard. This imparts no noticeable flavor, just acts as a binder for the rub.
    • Give a full coat of rub to each side and the egdes of the ribs. Let rub adhere for 15 mins. The rub will look darker in color and a little wet when this process completes.
    • Get your smoker set up to 250F
    • Once your smoker is at temp, put the ribs on
    • Once your bark is set and you have a nice red color (any where from 3-4 hours usually. Rub is set when it does not rub off the ribs when touched), wrap your ribs in some foil with brown sugar, butter, honey.
    • While the ribs are cooking, mix all glaze ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer for 5 mins to bring flavors together
    • After about 1-1.5 hours (when ribs have a nice bend to them but not falling apart), take ribs out of the foil, paint them with the glaze and put them back on the smoker
    • Over the next 30 minutes, glaze them 1 more time and cook until they reach about 195-200 degrees F internal. We're going for a nice tender bite with some structure, but if you like fall off the bone, cook them a little longer. 

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