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Bill's Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Bill's Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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These are to-die-for ribs you will want to serve to guests, to show off your cooking ability.

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  • Calories:
  • 1091 kcal
  • 55%
  • Fat:
  • 59.5 g
  • 91%
  • Carbs:
  • 87.3g
  • 28%
  • Protein:
  • 49.3 g
  • 99%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 234 mg
  • 78%
  • Sodium:
  • 1334 mg
  • 53%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Prepare charcoal in a smoker, and bring the temperature to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).
  2. Cut the ribs into smaller portions of 3 or 4 ribs, and place them in a large pot. Pour in enough apple juice to cover. Place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, and let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil the grate in your smoker. Place ribs on the grate, and throw a few cloves of garlic onto the hot coals. Close the smoker. Maintain the temperature at 225 degrees F (110 degrees C) by adding more charcoal as needed. Smoke the ribs for 7 hours, adding more garlic cloves to the coals occasionally.
  4. Make a sauce by mixing together the barbeque sauce with 2 cups of the apple juice from the pot. Season with granulated garlic. Baste ribs with this sauce while continuing to cook for another 30 minutes.
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Better Than Hamburger Helper

I was a little cautious because the recipe is so easy, but this was fantastic! Note: I have a gas smoker, and I really can't get the temp lower than 250. The ribs reached the fully cooked internal temperature just over 4 hours. I basted as directed, and in 30 minutes we had a winner.


This is mostly my mistake in that I didn't notice they were to be cooked on a smoker. However, I have to make the comment because someone out there like me may make the same mistake. In order for this to be as good as previously need a smoker! The grill, wood chips, etc. just will not do it justice. My advice, if you don't have a smoker stay away from this recipe but if you do have one, I wish I could be invited to your next bbq because I'm sure it's a lot better than mine turned out! :o)


Excellent! We finished the last 30 min. in a 350 degree oven wrapped in foil with the bbq sauce. This eliminates all that bbq sauce clean up in the smoker.