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My Favorite Smoked Ribs

These smoked St. Louis style ribs are simple and over the top delicious. In only 5 hours you can have fall off the bone ribs for your next outdoor party
Course Dinner
Cuisine BBQ
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Keegan


Rib Rub

  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Coarse Ground Pepper - one step finer than cracked
  • 1 Tablespoon Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Mop Mixture to Spray on Ribs

  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Water


  • 2 Slabs of St. Louis Style Ribs get fresh ribs from the counter - NOT the ribs wrapped in plastic and previously frozen!


  1. Setup your smoker for 275 F, indirect cooking
  2. Mix up the rib rub
  3. Mix up the Rib Mop Spray in a food safe spray bottle

  4. Rinse and dry your ribs
  5. Trim any excess fat and loose flappy pork from the ribs
  6. Season both sides of the ribs with the rub. Approximately 1.5 tablespoons per large meaty rack of ribs.  Less if your ribs are on the thinner side. 

  7. Add one chunk of fruit wood to the smoker and place ribs on smoker meat side up for 5 hrs, dependent on thickness of ribs.  

  8. At the 1 hr mark add 1 more chunk of fruit wood.
  9. At the 1.5 hour mark, spray the ribs with the Rib Mop Spray. Repeat every 30-45 minutes until the ribs have been smoking 4.5 hours.
  10. Check for the ribs every 30 minutes at the 4.5 hour mark to see if they are done, continuing to spray the ribs with the Rib Mop Spray.  You know your ribs area ready to take off when.... you pick up the ribs with tongs, the ribs should bend easily at the halfway point and the bark should start to crack slightly as the ribs bend. 

  11. Spray one last time and pull from the smoker to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  12. Flip over the ribs meat side down to cut between the bones more easily.  

  13. Flip back over and serve with your favorite BBQ sauce