Dry Rub Smoked Ribs

Last updated on October 4th, 2021

What can I say. I love Dry rub smoked ribs. To be fair, I love dry rub smoked – pretty much anything – but ribs are probably one of my favorite things to make. This past summer, I treated myself to a Traeger wood pellet grill smoker and it’s an absolute monster of a cooker. I can’t wait to show off some of my creations, and hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Tips & Tricks for making the best dry Rub Smoked Ribs

Ingredients:

  • yellow mustard
  • apple juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • dried oregano
  • ground ginger
  • pork ribs

These are your garden variety ingredients for making a basic rub and marinade. Even dry rubs have to have a sauce and I go with mustard, apple juice and Worcestershire sauce. You can also add in soy sauce, beer, and any other liquids that add in that salty / savory quality. The herbs are fairly basic as well. Just enough cayenne to kick things up a notch without getting to wild. But of course, if you like things a little wild, feel free to ADD a few more teaspoons to your rub. You’ll definitely feel the burn.

Preheat smoker to 225 degrees. Trim fat and membrane / silver from ribs. Combine mustard, apple juice and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl and mix well. Pour over ribs and slather into meat until thoroughly coated on both sides.

Combine all dry rub spice ingredients together and mix well. Sprinkle onto ribs and rub into meat until coated – on both sides.

Place directly onto rack of smoker and cook for 2 1/2 hours. At this point, it’s going to look somewhat pathetic and underdone – but that’s okay. .We’re just getting started!

Remove from smoker and place onto rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Sprinkle with another 1/4 cup of apple juice and 1/3 cup of additional brown sugar.

Place baking sheet with ribs back out onto smoker rack, seal aluminum foil into a pouch tightly (like a large envelope) and continue cooking at 300 degrees for an additional 2 hours.

Optional step: Remove from foil and baking sheet; brush ribs with favorite bbq sauce and cook for another 60 minutes

Remove meat from smoker and allow to rest for at least one hour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this recipe work for any outdoor grill?

I made this recipe in my wood pellet smoker. If you try this on a gas or charcoal grill, your results may be vastly different.

Should I marinade the meat overnight before cooking?

I didn’t and it came out just fine.

If it’s a “dry rub” why did you use BBQ Sauce during the last hour of cooking?

It’s an optional step towards the end – and it doesn’t wet the meat at all. As you can see from the images, it still cooks to that dry rub texture.

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Dry Rub Smoked Ribs

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Course: Lunch & Dinner Recipes, RecipesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Difficult
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

5

hours 
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

6

hours 

30

minutes

Dry rub smoked ribs. The ultimate feat -or feast in outdoor cooking using a wood pellet smoker cooker. This recipe will make your mouth sing.

Ingredients

  • Marinade:
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard

  • 1/4 cup apple juice

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • Dry rub spices:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • Ribs
  • 1 rack babyback pork ribs

  • Additional ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup apple juice

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

Directions

  • Preheat smoker to 225 degrees
  • Trim fat and membrane / silver from ribs.
  • Combine mustard, apple juice and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl and mix well.
  • Pour over ribs and slather into meat until thoroughly coated on both sides.
  • Combine all dry rub spice ingredients together and mix well.
  • Sprinkle onto ribs and rub into meat until coated – on both sides.
  • Place directly onto rack of smoker and cook for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Remove from smoker and place onto rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Sprinkle with another 1/4 cup of apple juice and 1/3 cup of additional brown sugar.
  • Place baking sheet with ribs back out onto smoker rack, seal in aluminum foil and continue cooking at 300 degrees for an additional 2 hours.
  • Optional step: Brush ribs with favorite bbq sauce and cook for another 60 minutes.
  • Remove meat from smoker and allow to rest for at least one hour.

Notes

  • I used a very large capacity Traeger wood pellet smoker. Your smoker may vary – please follow manufacturer’s times and instructions.

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