Hot and Fast Smoked Pork Ribs

hot and fast smoked pork ribs

If you are reading this, you probably love smoking ribs, right?  So do I!  However, I do not always have a lot of time on my hands, often trying to fit to much into a weekend.  These hot and fast smoked pork ribs, smoked and braised in butter and bbq sauce, will allow you to fit some great tasting ribs into a tight window on a Saturday or Sunday.  You can put these pork ribs on the smoker at 3:00 and serve them at 6:30 with out compromising taste or tenderness.  Easy, fast, and delicious…. lets get cracking!

If you prefer watching a video, showing the whole process, check out my video below.  It shows how to prep the ribs, proper amount of seasoning, etc.

Hot and Fast Smoked Pork Ribs – Basic Process

  1. Pick out a great looking rack of St. Louis or Baby Back Ribs.  I prefer St. Louis as they cook more evenly.
  2. Start the smoker, ramping up to a set temperature of 325 F.  I use a Flame Boss setup on my Big Green Egg to hold temperature right where I want it. Check out my flame boss review here.
  3. Rinse, Dry, and Trim the Ribs.  Do not remove the silver skin on the bone side.
  4. Season with an easy 6 ingredient Rub.
  5. Smoke unwrapped for 2.5 hours.  Spritz with apple cider vinegar and water solution at the 1 hour mark, and then every 30 minutes.
  6. Spread the butter and bbq sauce mixture on both sides of the ribs, and then wrap tightly in foil, meaty side down.  Place on smoker for 45 minutes.
  7. Remove and let the ribs rest in the foil for 15-30 minutes.  Slice and serve!

I really think you will love these ribs, especially considering how fast you can make them.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

 

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Smoked St. Louis Pork Ribs 1.5 hours into smoke session.

 

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The ribs on the big green egg 2.5 hours into the cook. Ready to wrap.

 

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Finished smoked ribs, after resting 15 minutes in the foil wrap. Crazy good!
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Hot and Fast Smoked Pork Ribs

Smoke St. Louis Spare Ribs or Baby Back Ribs in only 3.5 Hours from start to finish! 

Course Dinner
Cuisine BBQ, Grilling, smoking
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Racks Pork Ribs St. Louis Spare Ribs or Baby Back Ribs

BBQ Rub

  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Celery Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Ancho Chile
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

BBQ Sauce & Butter Glaze

  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce Sweet, spicy... whatever you prefer

Rib Spritz / Mop

  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vineger
  • 1.5 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Pick out a great looking rack of St. Louis or Baby Back Ribs. I prefer St. Louis as they cook more evenly.  Usually in the 3-4 lb range.  Avoid previously frozen ribs or prepackaged ribs. 


  2. Start the smoker, ramping up to a set temperature of 325 F.


  3. Rinse, Dry, and Trim the Ribs. Do not remove the silver skin on the bone side.


  4. Season both sides of ribs with the Rib Rub.  Use approximately 1.5 - 2 Tablespoons per rack of ribs.  


  5. Mix water and apple cider vinegar together in food safe spray bottle 

  6. Melt butter and mix in bbq sauce to create the rib glaze to apply prior to wrapping in foil.  Reheat if needed before spreading on ribs. 

  7. Smoke unwrapped for 2.5 hours. Spritz with apple cider vinegar and water solution at the 1 hour mark, and then every 30 minutes.  Turn the Ribs twice during the process to allow even cooking.  


  8. Spread the butter and bbq sauce mixture on both sides of the ribs.  Use about 3 Tablespoons on each side of ribs.  Wrap tightly in foil, meaty side down. Place on smoker for 45 minutes. 


  9. Remove and let the ribs rest in the foil for 15-30 minutes. Slice and serve!

Recipe Notes

Cooking time does vary some with the type of smoker and the size of the ribs.  I typically use a big green egg for this recipe, monitoring the temperature at the same grate level of the ribs.  

 

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10 thoughts on “Hot and Fast Smoked Pork Ribs

  1. 5 stars
    Gonna try it tomorrow … but I was curious about your BGE setup where you could pull the smoke plate off with the grill rack so you could add wood chunks during cook. Where do you get that? Never have seen that.

    1. Hi there! So, the setup I use is sold at the ceramic grill store online. This is the one I use, but they have a bunch of options…. https://ceramicgrillstore.com/collections/big-green-egg-large-accessories-by-ceramic-grill-store/products/large-adjustable-rig-r-and-b-combo-bge

  2. Curious why you leave the silver skin on?

    1. For these hotter cooks, I think it actually helps retain moisture and the membrane pretty much goes away. You can try it either way and I think you will be fine. This topic is always a personal choice… one that people sometimes feel strongly about. I do not notice a big difference.

  3. 5 stars
    I just tried this recipe yesterday after usually going low and slow. But I had missed the window to start in the late morning.

    Applewood gave the ribs a nice sweet smoky layer to go with the spritzing. I kept temps at 325-350 and the 3 racks were so in 3 hours.

    This really turned out nicely. The family was going for seconds which is the best sign of a good result.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Paul…. thanks for letting me know how they turned out… I’m glad the ribs turned out tasty! Its always fun to hear that!

  4. 5 stars
    I typically use the low and slow method for ribs but, to hell with that; who has all that time with hungry kids running around, never ending chores to do, etc? I grilled a couple baby backs this way a week ago and they turned out excellent; even better than the low and slow method. Leaving the membrane on goes against everything we’re taught so I was skeptical about that. However, the ribs definitely turned out better because of that. They retained more moisture and the parts of the membrane that didn’t disappear entirely was turned into a thin flaky layer, sort of like seared fat on a steak but much thinner, which was truly awesome. I will rarely, if at all, ever go back to the low and slow method for ribs. This tasted so good that I’m pulling my GMG Jim Bowie grill out today and grilling four more slabs this same way again today (plus it’s Memorial weekend). Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I am glad the ribs turned out great! Have a great long weekend… Keegan

  5. I’ve been using your smoked butt recipe for the BGE and love it. Wanted to try your ribs recipe next. For the BGE, do you need to use the indirect convector? I know for the butt, it dripped into the drip pan of beer. What about for ribs? Thanks! (and, I’m a cookie so I apologize if this question is dumb lol)

    1. Hi Brian, I would definitely have the Egg setup with the deflector installed for indirect cooking. I would also generally get in the habit of having a drip pan below the meat, in this case and pretty much any smoking session you setup. It never hurts in my opinion. I think it matters less with short cooks like this, but would still use it. Thanks for checking out the site! -Keegan

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Hi, my name is Keegan Lare and I love to create delicious grilled and smoked food, bursting with bold flavors. I also love to see my friends and family try something tasty and new. It is in this spirit that I created Seared & Smoked.

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