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Smoked Baby Back Ribs with CK Pearl BBQ Sauce

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Protein: Pork
Cut: Baby Back Ribs
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes


  • 1 rack ButcherBox Baby Back Ribs


  • 4 oz paprika
  • 2 oz Cajun spice
  • 2 oz granulated garlic
  • 1 oz black pepper
  • 1 oz salt
  • 1 oz sugar

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 onion minced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1⅓ cup molasses
  • cup cider vinegar
  • 2⅔ cup ketchup


  • Place ribs bone-side up and gently drag a knife in an ‘X’ pattern across the bones, scoring the meat.
  • In a small bowl combine all dry rub ingredients and rub all over ribs coating well. Freeze leftover rub in ziplock bags for future rib dinners.
  • Preheat charcoal grill to 250°F. Try and keep the coals off to one side.
  • Remove ⅓ of the wood chips from water and place in perforated aluminum pan or foil. Place directly onto coals.
  • Place ribs bone-side down on grill, away from the coals, and cover grill.
  • Combine ½ cup of cider vinegar and ½ cup of water in spray bottle, and spray ribs once an hour, adding wood chips each time.
  • Let ribs smoke at 250°F for 3 hrs, adding small amounts of coal and wood chips as needed.
  • Remove ribs from grill, wrap tightly in foil and place bone side down in 300°F preheated oven for 1 ½ hours. Let ribs rest in foil for 30 min after removing from oven.
  • For BBQ sauce, sauté onions and garlic until soft, add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 min.
  • Brush some sauce on the ribs, throw them on a hot grill for 5 min to reheat and enjoy!
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