Slab of smoked BBQ Ribs on a black cutting board.
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Smoked BBQ Ribs

Tender and delicious, these saucy Smoked BBQ Ribs are pure perfection and fall off the bone. Step by step instructions on how to smoke ribs using the 321 and 221 method.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Dinner
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 239kcal
Author: Amanda Mason



  • Rinse each slab of ribs under cool water. Ensure the membrane under the ribs has been removed. If there is excess fat on your ribs, trim it off.
  • Take the rub ingredients and mix well. Massage on both the front and back of the ribs.
  • After the smoker is prepared and pre-heated, place each slab of ribs on a rack in the smoker bone side down. Lather on the BBQ sauce and smoke slow and low on 225 degrees for 3 hours.
    NOTE: If you're smoking baby back ribs, remove the ribs after 2 hours.
  • After the alloted time is up, take the slab of ribs out of the smoker and place them on a large piece of aluminum foil.
  • Add another layer of BBQ sauce on the ribs.
  • Wrap each slab of ribs individually and tightly in aluminum foil. Place the aluminum wrapped slab of ribs back in the smoker bone side up and smoke for two hours.
  • After 2 hours more of smoking the ribs, remove the aluminum foil packet and unwrap.
  • Add another layer of BBQ sauce, place the ribs back on the smoker bone side down for one more hour.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.2mg