How to make it

  • First Prepare rib rub by thoroughly mixing all ingredients. Store in airtight container.
  • The night before smoking, trim your ribs of all excess fat. Place them in a large plastic bag and pour in Italian dressing to coat. Seal bag well. Refrigerate for 4 hours, turning occasionally. Remove and wipe off dressing. Sprinkle each rib with pepper then 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup of the onion flakes. Wrap each rib in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next morning remove from wrap and wipe sludge off ribs. Generously coat front and back of ribs with Rib Rub and using your hands, rub seasoning into meat and set aside. The smoking process will take 6 hours. Using a chimney charcoal starter get about 15 briquettes red hot. Place coals on one end of grill and place 1 pound of green hickory or mesquite around coals. Use water-soaked hickory or mesquite chunks if you can't get fresh-cut wood. I used some soaked apple wood chunks between hours 2 and 3 of the grilling process.
  • Keep internal temperature of the grill at 200 to 225 degrees. Add more charcoal and hickory or mesquite chunks every hour as needed. Place ribs bone side down but not directly over hot coals. After 3 hours, remove ribs from grill and wrap in aluminium foil. Hold in covered grill at 180 to 200 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until fork tender.
  • Next build a real hot bed of coals over the entire bottom of grill. Be careful because this step goes quickly. Place ribs back on grill to add char flavor. When meat becomes bubbly it is done. Make sure to char off bone side membrane until it becomes papery and disintegrates. Slather with BBQ sauce. Let heat caramelize sauce.
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  • angelgirl94 11 years ago
    I now know what I'm making for Sunday's dinner. These ribs slathered with my homemade bourbon whiskey bbq sauce and potato salad on the side. Great recipe! Love the pictures. :)
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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    LOVE smoked ribs, and a high FIVE to you!! :+D
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    " It was excellent "
    m2googee ate it and said...
    I am getting hungry! These look great.
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Ill take a slab or two of ribs great post wonderful recipe thanks high5
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  • texaspapajohn 12 years ago
    I'm definitely going to try this one, In the past, I have smoked the ribs then triple wrapped them (foil, cling wrap, foil) and slow cook them in the oven (225) overnight. This gets my 5 fork rating
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