How To Make Smoked Baby Back Ribs

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Here's how to smoke baby back ribs and be the hit at your next barbecue.

Traditional smoking, in a slow cooking smoker can be performed if you have one.  Wood used in the smoker can include mesquite, cherry wood or maple.  Smoking works better if the wood is soaked first.

Some of the best rib recipes start with simple salt and pepper.  You can make a dry rub and pack the baby back ribs with the rub.  The rub can include a variety of ingredients including dry mustard, garlic, chile powder or cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, pepper, oregano and other ingredients that suit your palate.  A 10-pound rack of baby back ribs could take approximately 6-10 hours depending on your smoker.  You should smoke your meat at a temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Apply the dry rub of your choice to your ribs.  Line your smoker with aluminum foil.  Place the ribs on the foil directly, that way the fat drippings will drip down into the wet wood and enhance the smokey flavor as they cook.

If you do not own a traditional smoker, ribs of any sort, baby back or regular ribs, can be smoked in your oven.  Put about 1 cup of water in the bottom of a broiler pan.  Add a few drops of liquid smoke to the water.  Line the rack of the broiler pan with aluminum foil.  Put a few holes in the aluminum foil to allow the steam from the water and liquid smoke to rise up to the ribs.  Apply dry rub to your ribs.  Lay the ribs on the broiler pan covered in aluminum foil.  Wrap the ribs on the pan in aluminum foil to create a cover.  Cook the ribs in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 4-8 hours.  Cooking time will depend upon the weight and size of your rib rack.

When camping or in the outdoors, you can smoke a rack of ribs by covering a barbecue grate with aluminum foil and laying the ribs on the grate.  Wrap the ribs in aluminum foil before laying on the grate.  Poke a few holes in the aluminum foil wrapped around the ribs, and also a few holes in the foil covering the barbecue grate.  This will allow the smoke from the campfire to come up through the foil.  Then lay the grate directly on the campfire.  This will also work with a traditional barbecue grille, whether you have gas or charcoal.

When the ribs are done, make your own favorite barbecue sauce, or use your favorite store bought sauce.  Baste the ribs with the barbecue sauce.  Re-cover the ribs, and then cook for about 20 more minutes to allow the sauce to penetrate the ribs and mix with the dry rub.


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