Smoky Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Dive into the irresistible flavors of tender, juicy ribs coated in a smoky barbecue sauce. This recipe guarantees a mouthwatering experience for any barbecue lover.


  • 2 racks of pork baby back ribs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, aiming for around 300°F (150°C). If using a charcoal grill, set up for indirect heat.
  2. Prepare the ribs by removing the membrane from the back of the racks. Use a knife to loosen the membrane from one end of the rack, then grab it with a paper towel and peel it off.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using) to create a dry rub.
  4. Rub the dry rub generously over both sides of the ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  5. Place the ribs on the grill over indirect heat. Close the lid and let them cook for 2 hours, maintaining a steady temperature.
  6. While the ribs are cooking, prepare the barbecue sauce by combining the barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until warmed through.
  7. After 2 hours, brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce mixture. Continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bones easily.
  8. Once done, remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing between the bones. Serve with extra barbecue sauce on the side.
  9. Enjoy your delicious smoky barbecue ribs with your favorite sides and dig in!

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