Smoked baby back ribs with a side of homemade coleslaw.
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins

Smoking ribs with an offset smoker make for a freaking amazing dinner.

Course: Barbecue, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Author: Ann Sass
  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 2 tbsp pork rub
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Remove the membrane from the ribs by placing one finger under the membrane in the middle of the ribs. Make sure you have gone all the way through to the other side to loosen the membrane.

    Remove the membrane from ribs.
  2. Starting from the middle pull the membrane up slightly and begin pulling it off to one side. It should come off in one sheet, try not to rip it.

    Pulling off the membrane from baby back ribs.
  3. Once the one side is off, pull the other side off. This will make your ribs infinitely more tender so don't skip this.

    Removing the membrane from baby back ribs.
  4. Add olive oil and rub in the spice rub. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to cook. You can prep the ribs in the morning for an afternoon or evening barbecue with no problem. 

    Preparing baby back ribs for smoking.
  5. Soak your wood chips at least 30 minutes before cooking begins.

    Soaking wood chips for smoked baby back ribs.
  6. Fire up the charcoal and bring the smoker up to at least 225º F but not more than 275º F. Add a pan of water to the smoker, this will assure you get that pretty red smoke ring on your meat.

    Preparing charcoal in an offset smoker.
  7. Smoke the meat for 2 1/2 hours or until done. I add barbecue sauce at about 2 hours and continue cooking so that it caramelizes.

    Smoking baby back ribs on an off set smoker.
  8. Let rest a few minutes and serve with coleslaw or your favorite side dish.

    Smokey baby back ribs.
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