How to Smoke Ribs

It’s hard to imagine a weekend barbeque without a rack of saucy ribs smoking nearby. Smoked ribs have a unique flavor that is hard to resist. However, many still don’t know how to smoke ribs properly. The good news is you don’t need to shell out a fortune on the latest smoker. Learn how to smoke ribs with any standard and a few ingredients at home.

How to Buy the Best Ribs

The best place to find fresh ribs is at the butcher’s or fresh food market. You can also choose the store-bought variety but most have preservatives injected to prevent them from spoiling. Most come already marinated or seasoned, which can be either a benefit or a disadvantage. Look for fresh ribs with a pink, healthy color. Avoid meat with discolored spots.

When it comes to the type of ribs, most cooks prefer St. Louis spare ribs. They are tender, meaty and absorb seasoning very well. Baby back ribs are also a good option but smoking them might be a bit of a challenge. While beef is the popular choice, pork ribs taste just as good.

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Health Benefits of Smoked Ribs

Smoked ribs carry plenty of nutrients, from protein to vitamin B. Ribs, especially beef ribs; can contain as much as 60 grams of protein. The meat is also rich in vitamin B6 and B12, which promote a healthy metabolism, energy and strong muscle. Potassium is also on the meat’s nutritional profile, as well as oxygen-carrying iron and sodium.

How to Smoke Ribs at Home

It’s important for beginners to learn how to smoke ribs with a standard smoker. You can also improvise with a grill but the process can be quite complicated if you’re not experienced.


Seasoning ribs is a lesson on its own and should be approached with care. You have the choice of using a dry rub, a wet rub or store-bought marinade. Rubs are easy to make and require basic ingredients. You can make a dry rub with salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and other spices. There are many recipes online for wet rubs too.

To season ribs, first peel off the membrane that usually covers the meat. Rub on the seasoning and allow meat to marinade in it for 20 minutes or more.

Smoking Ribs

Step 1:

Heat your smoker to 107 C or 225 F. Place your ribs in the smoker and cook for 5-6 hours, spraying them with a little water every hour.

Step 2:

Take ribs out of the smoker and marinade generously with homemade or store-bought barbeque sauce.

Step 3:

Wrap your ribs tightly in aluminum foil, adding a few tablespoons of apple juice, water, beer or broth inside the foil before closing.

Step 4:

Return ribs to the smoker to cook further for 2 hours.

Step 5:

Remove the foil and cook for another 30 minutes to 1 hour uncovered. Taste for doneness and serve.

When ribs are smoked properly, they should be tender with flesh falling off the bone. To ensure the best flavor, give meat time to soak up your seasoning. Serve with mashed potatoes, salads, meat sauces and or fresh bread.


Grilled Ribs with Pico de Gallo

Your weekend can even be more exciting when you do some grilling with the entire family. Most Filipino families love to do pork barbecue, grilled pork belly, and grilled bangus. Preparing Grilled Ribs with Pico de Gallo is also a good idea to make your outdoor grilling more enjoyable. Grilled Ribs with Pico de Gallo is a pork rib dish that is marinated, grilled, and served with Pico de gallo. I like this dish because it is very flavorful. The pico de gallo serves as a side and an appetite enhancer because it goes well with the dish. You can also substitute it with eggplant salad (ensaladang talong) to make the meal more Filipino. The marinade that I used is a basic Asian soy sauce marinade. This recipe can also be applied to other cuts of pork, beef, and chicken, as well.

Try this Grilled Ribs with Pico de Gallo recipe. Let me know what you think.

Grilled Ribs with Pico de Gallo

Grilled Ribs with Pico de Gallo


  • 2 lbs. spare ribs
  • 3/4 cups dark soy sauce
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups pico de gallo

Cooking Procedure

  1. Combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, chili powder, ground black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Place the spare ribs in a re-sealable bag. Pour-in the mixture and then marinate for at least 6 hours.
  3. Make the basting sauce by pouring the remaining marinade in a bowl. Add the ketchup. Stir.
  4. Grill the spare ribs for about 8 to 10 minutes per side. You can rotate the ribs to prevent it from getting dry or burnt. Make sure to baste the ribs when rotating.
  5. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with pico de gallo.
  6. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4

Oven Barbequed Spare Ribs


Oven Barbequed Spare Ribs is simply barbequed spare ribs that is cooked by baking and broiling. Though grilling and/or placing inside the pit is the traditional and most common way of cooking this dish, baking it in the oven would be the next alternative (unless you really want that smokey flavor and smell).

This is recipe is the simplest and least effort consuming  that I know of. It could take a while to bake that rib but I’m sure that you won’t mind doing it over and over after you tasted one.

Having some grilled corn on the cob or mashed potatoes would be great as side dishes. Then again, a cup of steamed rice or two is still the perfect choice.

Try this mouth watering Oven Barbequed Spare Ribs recipe. Continue reading Oven Barbequed Spare Ribs