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Pellet Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Delicious baby back ribs with apple juice and garlic paprika dry rub.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Smoked
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $8


  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs
  • 1-2 cups apple juice
  • Southern style BBQ sauce
  • BBQ dry rub of your choice

Homemade dry rub

  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. paprika


Dry rub

  • A dry rub gives your meat a nice crust to work with. Though ingredients can be interchangeable, be sure to use some kind of sugar, pepper and paprika to create satisfying taste, texture and color.
  • Mix ingredients well and place in a spice shaker.
  • Spread rub generously onto front and back of ribs before first smoke on the grill.

Baby Back Ribs

  • Add your chosen flavour of wood pellets to your smoker and preheat to 225 degrees with the lid closed.
  • Remove the membrane on the back side of the ribs with a knife and paper towel.
  • Rub generously with dry rub.
  • Place the seasoned baby back ribs on your grill and smoke for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, remove ribs from the smoker and wrap in aluminium foil.
  • Generously marinate ribs with apple juice, seal the foil and return ribs to the grill for another 2 hours.
  • Remove ribs and coat them with BBQ sauce, then place back on the grill for 15 mins.
  • Keep an eye on the grill during this final stage so the coatings don’t burn.
  • Let the ribs rest on the grill for 10 mins, then serve nice and hot.