honey garlic smoked ribs recipe
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Honey Garlic Smoked Ribs Recipe

Tender, fall off the bone smoked ribs recipe made on your Traeger pellet grill using the 3 2 1 method with a honey garlic sauce!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Ribs
Servings: 8
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 2 racks ribs
  • 1 c. honey
  • 1 1/2 c. apple juice divided
  • 1/2 c. water


  • 1/4 c. light brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1 c. honey
  • 2 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs be sliding a dinner knife under the membrane and over the bone. Left and loosen the membrane until it tears. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off. It might come off in one big piece of you will have to remove it in smaller pieces. This is ESSENTIAL so make sure you take it off.
  • In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the rub. Spread the dry rub over the ribs covering them completely. Wrap in saran wrap so they are completely covered. Place in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, but we recommend doing it overnight.
  • Prepare your smoker according to manufacture's directions to a heat of 225 F degrees.
  • Once the smoker is preheated to 225 degrees F place ribs, bone side down, on the smoker and let smoke for 3 hours at 225 degrees F.
  • Mix together 1/2 c. apple juice and 1/2 c. water in a spray bottle and spritz ribs with mixture every half hour.
  • After 3 hours remove ribs from smoker but leave smoke on at same temperature.
  • Lay tinfoil out on counter (enough to wrap ribs in) and lay the ribs on the foil. Mix 1 c. honey and 1 c. apple juice together in small bowl. Pour it carefully over the ribs and seal up the foil so nothing leaks out. Place ribs back in the smoker at 225 degrees F for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile in a mixing bowl combine all ingredients for honey garlic sauce.
  • After 2 hours has passed remove the ribs from the smoker. Remove the ribs from foil. Coat ribs with honey garlic sauce and place back on the smoker for 1 hour.
  • Remove from smoker and brush with sauce again and serve!


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 201mg | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.1mg