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Spicy Apple Babyback Ribs

I’m starting with a beautiful rack of babybacks. My plan today is to add layer after layer of apple flavor, starting with a marinade, next with the rub, then with a spritz and finally with the sauce.

I remove the membrane from the bone side and prepare a brine/marinade: 2 cups apple juice, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons sea salt.

Into a bag and into the refrigerator to soak up some flavor and moisture.

Four hours later, I pat them dry and apply some Simply Marvelous Spicy Apple rub, light on the bone side and heavy on the meat side.

Onto a rack in a foil wrapped pan and into the cooker.

After one hour, I give them a spritz: 1 cup apple juice, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Forty five minutes later, another spritz.

At two hours into the cook, I put a half cup of apple juice into the pan and covered with foil.

An hour later, the foil comes off and the ribs get sauced (my secret competition recipe thinned out with some…………you guessed it, apple juice!)¬†Total cook time was three and a half hours at 275; here’s how they turned out.

10 Responses to “Spicy Apple Babyback Ribs”

  • Joe:

    Mr. Bob an update ith apple rub

    I tried slicing 3 granny smith apples on a mandolin and I started dehydrating them to see if the caking problem. No matter how long in the dehydrator they stayed it still caked up in the rub. But the end results were fantastic ribs. Also used more honey in my sauce to get that shine. I was unable to find the agave nectarine my store. Next test of my smoking skills this weekend a brisket flat with method

  • Mister Bob:

    Thanks Kara, I’m glad you like the recipes and cooking methods. There are actually three reasons to use the pan and rack system in that type of cooker. I wasn’t using a water pan or pizza stone deflector for that cook, so the pan acts as a heat deflector and the ribs are cooking indirect instead of directly over the coals. Also, the pan keeps the cooker clean and finally, it does make transporting the ribs to and from the cooker much easier.