Smoked Ribs with the Best Glaze

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Resting Time: 1 hour
Make these Smoked Ribs and you will become known for smoking ribs. This is the famous, fail-proof 3-2-1 smoked ribs method and the results will rival your favorite restaurant baby back ribs.
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $35-40
Keyword: smoked ribs
Calories: 523 kcal
Servings: 9 people


Smoked Ribs Ingredients:

  • 3 racks baby back ribs (3 lbs each rack)
  • kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Homemade Seasoning Rub:

Homemade Glaze:


Prep Your Ribs:

  1. Remove the Silver Skin or thin membrane from the bone side of the ribs (if the butcher hasn't already). Score the membrane and peel it back, use a paper towel to get a firm grip on it.

  2. Pat dry with paper towels, season all over with kosher salt and rest at room temp 1 hour.

  3. In a spray bottle or mason jar, combine 1/3 cup apple juice, 1 Tbsp mustard, and 1 Tbsp maple syrup. Spray or brush all over rib racks. Generously season all over with all of the seasoning rub (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup). Grill Following the 3-2-1 Method.

3-2-1 Smoked Ribs Method:

  1. You set the pellet grill temperature to 225˚F or "High Smoke." Important: Always keep the lid closed when grilling.

  2. Grill the ribs directly on the rack (bone-side down) 3 Hours. Meanwhile, stir together the glaze ingredients.

  3. Remove ribs, brush glaze on both sides, wrap each in foil and grill 2 Hours.

  4. Remove foil, glaze the top and place directly on the rack 1 Hour.

  5. Test for doneness: Lift rack of ribs with tongs and bounce them back onto the rack - they should form a crack on the surface. The glaze will be set and slightly sticky to the touch.