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Smoke House Ribs

August 6, 2009


~ Sean ~


Made some ribs last weekend, used a slightly different recipe than usual.  And to tell you the truth – they were so much more work than I had planned because I wanted to post them on Foodo just for you.  So please excuse me for not having any story to put here other than “These are fall off the bone tender and juicy.  So ENJOY!”





Trim ribs


 Cut off flap from under/bone side of ribs


Remove membrane

Remove membrane

Remove membrane from under/bone side


Cut pointed tip off – optional


With meat side up cut off rib tips following line of fat.  This gives the ribs a nice uniform thickness and is aesthetically pleasing.  Don’t throw out the trimmings – throw them on the grill as well – they’re mighty tasty!


Optional – Marinade ribs in fruit juice or apple cider/lemon juice mixture for 2 hrs. – I just sprayed these with Dole Orange Peach Mango Juice or better known as OPM (Opium) at our house.



Rub ribs with rub and let sit covered in the refrigerator 2-12 hrs.


An hour or two before grilling take them out of the fridge and let the ribs sit at room temperature!




1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup paprika

3 Tbsp pepper

2 Tbsp coarse salt

1 Tbsp smoked salt or more coarse salt

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cayenne


Soak wood chips in water or fruit juice. 


Put wood chips and or chunks in the wood box. 



Smoke House

"Smoke House"

Set grill up for indirect grilling/smoking. 


I have a gas grill so I fire all burners to get it warmed up. 


Put a bowl with mixture of 1/2 lemon juice, 1/2 water over burner opposite the wood chips. 


When the grill is warmed up turn heat down to achieve 250° cooking temp.  On my grill I leave the outside two burners on low.  Place ribs on warming rack.  Every 1/2 hour spray ribs with fruit juice of choice (juice used in optional marinade above). 


After 2 1/2 hours cover with BBQ sauce of choice.  If they are drying out you can put them in foil at this time too.


BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce


Here are two sauces I made that are very flavorful: 


BBQ sauce:


2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce (2 tablespoons if you like a little kick)

1 tablespoon rib rub

2 teaspoons liquid smoke

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all ingredients in medium saucepan, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.



Carolina Style


Mustard BBQ Sauce


1 cup prepared yellow mustard

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne


1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon liquid smoke


Mix everything except last three ingredients.  Simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2009 8:48 am

    oh i have been craving these, you are pushing me over the edge…

    • foododelmundo permalink
      August 6, 2009 9:23 am

      Me too! John doesn’t eat anything with bones and ribs are my FAVORITE!
      ~ Mary

  2. pat permalink
    August 6, 2009 1:54 pm

    Oh my, those look WONDERFUL!

    Such a LOT OF WORK, but so rewaqrding!! Good thing you made a whole mess of them.

    Wish I were there to eat them with you!!!

  3. August 6, 2009 9:36 pm

    I have not made ribs in a very long time!!These look great!Figtreeapps

  4. Sean permalink
    August 7, 2009 1:06 pm

    We brought these to a gathering at a friends house and everybody loved them. The downside is there were no leftovers.

  5. August 9, 2009 9:47 am

    OMG, I am so trying your North Carolina bbq sauce – that sounds amazing! I’ve always loved a vinegar based bbq sauce – yum!

  6. August 9, 2009 12:29 pm

    I am making a pork roast for lunch, and just made your NC bbq sauce – it ROCKS! I did use splenda and splenda brown sugar because I am diabetic, but that’s all I changed.


  7. August 14, 2009 8:04 am

    delicious ribs! perfect for a labor day cook out

  8. August 22, 2009 9:34 am

    may I kindly suggest getting a wood grill like a weber? Unless you clean those ceramic coals every time you use them, the taste of the grill is going to be unfavorable to those ribs.

    It’s so easy to light a fire using natural wood charcoal. NEVER use lighter fluid. you might as well drink a cup of gasoline!

  9. foododelmundo permalink*
    February 5, 2010 10:25 pm

    I forgot to tell you – I made that Carolina Sauce and DANG! It was AWESOME! ~Mary

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