Smoked Ribs

Happy 4th of July! For many of you, Independence Day means grilling with your family. Today, I’m going to show you a quick and easy recipe for smoked pork ribs, and it doesn’t even involve needing a smoker.



6 hours…low and slow wins the race.


charcoal grill

30 charcoal briquettes

mesquite or hickory chips



1 rack of spare ribs


1 tsp. salt

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. paprika

dash pepper

dash oregano

pinch cayenne pepper


Prep your grill. Light 30 charcoal briquettes (yes, I count them, for barbecue at least. For grilled meats and veggies, flame on).

Put all spice ingredients into bowl. This is your rub. Mix.

I have a rack of spare ribs here. Lay it in a large baking pan. Squirt the entire thing with mustard, so that your rub will adhere.



Apply the spice rub.

SmokedRibs2Meanwhile, after your coals are ashy, move them toward one side of the grill.

SmokedRibs3Cover with wood chips.

SmokedRibs4Place seasoned ribs on upper grate, as far away from the heat source as possible.


Cover. SMOKE!

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Choosy dads choose Gif

Check in 45 minutes to 1 hour later. Add wood chips in the smoke has died down. Do this every hour until the charcoal has given up the ghost.

Once the charcoal is extinguished, your ribs should start to look like barbecued ribs.

SmokedRibs7Take them inside and place in a 275 degree oven for the rest of the cooking time.

They call this "The Texas Crutch," which is also a good WWF name.
They call this “The Texas Crutch,” which is also a good WWF name.

Take them out when it’s dinner time. The meat should be juicy and fall apart.

Look at that.


Serve with a vegetable or two and celebrate America’s birthday with your family. God bless.



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