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Sweet n' Spicy Smoked Ribs

  • 1 rack of Pork Loin Baby Back Ribs

  • 3 Tbsp. yellow mustard

  • Killer Hogs Hot BBQ Rub (or your favorite rub)

  • 1 can of Wild Cherry Pepsi or Dr. Pepper

  • 1/2 stick of butter

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup honey (We’re going to try maple syrup next!)

  • 1/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (We used Sweet Baby Rays Sweet n’ Spicy)

  1. Set your smoker to 235 degrees Fahrenheit. (We used hickory wood chips!)

  2. Prep your ribs by removing the membrane and drying off with a paper towel. We cut ours in half to fit better in the smoker.

  3. Evenly coat the ribs on both sides with the mustard and immediately spread your Hot BBQ rub. Use enough to completely cover the ribs. Work the spices into the meat with your hands.

  4. Place in the smoker once heated to temperature.

  5. After 1-hour, empty soda into spray bottle and spritz the ribs on both sides. Continue smoking for two additional hours and coat with soda each hour.

  6. Remove the ribs from the smoker and place each half in piece of large aluminum foil. You need enough to fold up the entire 1/2 rack.

  7. Cut the 1/2 stick butter into 8 small pieces. Each rack will get 4 pieces of the butter total. Cover the ribs with the brown sugar and honey. No need to be pretty here. Load them up and then wrap up in the foil and try to prevent any leaks.

  8. Put the wrapped ribs back in the smoker meat side down for an hour and a half.

  9. Remove from the smoker and take aluminum foil off, and then put back in the smoker while you glaze BBQ sauce on top.

  10. Smoke one final time for 30-45 mins. Remove from smoker and serve immediately.


I can't take too much credit for this recipe. My husband loves using his smoker and he came up with this recipe through trial and error, and oh my gosh they are so good. I didn't grow up eating ribs. When my parents would make them, I rarely ever ate any. I always thought ribs were super fatty and a lot of work to eat while only getting small amounts of meat per bite. My whole perspective has changed after having smoked ribs. This recipe turns out every single time! They're fall-off-the-bone tender, smoky, sweet and have a little bit of heat from the rub. I highly recommend Killer Hog's products. They have great rubs and sauces!

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