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Spicy Smoked Ribs

Fall off the bone tender ribs with a spicy rub and spicy BBQ sauce! Smoked using the 321 rib method.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Ribs, Spicy Smoked Ribs
Servings: 8
Calories: 554kcal
Author: Julie Evink



  • 2 racks Baby Back Ribs
  • 4 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 c. Spicy BBQ Sauce divided
  • 1 c. apple juice


  • ½ c. Paprika
  • ½ c. Brown Sugar
  • ¼ c. Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Dried Chopped Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Cayenne
  • 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Instant Coffee
  • 1 tsp Dried Molasses


  • 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.
  • Mix the rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Spread yellow mustard evenly over the ribs covering completely. Next, spread the dry rub over the ribs covering completely. Wrap in saran wrap so they are completely covered. Place in fridge to rest a minimum of 2 hours, but we do it overnight for best results!
  • Prepare your smoker according to manufacture's directions to a heat of 225 F degrees. We use apple wood chips when making these ribs, but you can use your favorite flavor.
  • 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 1/2 c. bbq sauce and 1/2 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.
  • After 2 hours has passed remove the ribs from the smoker. Remove the ribs from foil. Mix together BBQ sauce, honey and brown sugar for the finishing sauce in a mixing bowl. Coat ribs with finishing sauce and place back on the smoker for 1 hour.
  • Remove from smoker and brush with sauce again and serve!


Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 2295mg | Potassium: 1011mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 7977IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 6mg