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Bradley Smoked Ribs

Today, I’ve got a smokin’ hot topic to dish out – Bradley Smoked Ribs! Now, I’m no culinary guru, but I sure know a thing or two about crafting finger-lickin’ ribs that’ll make your taste buds dance a jig. So, grab a seat, and let’s dive into the world of BBQ magic, one juicy rib at a time.

So, picture this – a sunny Sunday afternoon, friends and family gathered ’round, the smell of sizzling goodness wafting through the air. Yeah, you guessed it – I’m talking about my first encounter with Bradley Smoked Ribs. My buddy Mike fired up his Bradley smoker, and I’m telling ya, my mouth started watering even before those ribs hit the grates.

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How to Make Smoked Ribs on Bradley Smoker

Alright, folks, let’s get down to business! Here’s how to whip up some finger-lickin’ Bradley Smoked Ribs that’ll leave your guests begging for more:

  1. Choose Your Ribs Wisely: Now, when it comes to ribs, you’ve got choices galore – baby back, spare, St. Louis style. I’m all about the baby back variety – they’re tender, they cook evenly, and they’re like a flavor sponge!
  2. Rub-a-Dub-Dub: Time to get messy! I’ve found that a rub with a punch is the way to go. Mix up some brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, a dash of cayenne if you’re feelin’ spicy, and don’t forget a hint of black pepper. Slather that concoction all over your ribs and let ’em soak in that flavor goodness for a bit.
  3. The Smokin’ Symphony: Choose your wood like you’re selecting the right notes for a killer guitar solo. I’m partial to hickory – it adds a robust, smoky flavor that’s hard to beat. Load up your Bradley smoker with those wood pucks and preheat it to about 225°F (110°C).
  4. 3-2-1, Let’s Smoke!: Now, let me hit you with a pro-tip – the 3-2-1 method. Smoke your ribs uncovered for 3 hours, wrap ’em up in foil with a splash of apple juice for 2 hours to tenderize ’em, and then unwrap and smoke ’em again for that final hour. Trust me, it’s like a BBQ time warp to flavor town!
  5. A Culinary Curtain Call: The moment of truth has arrived! Your ribs should have a drool-worthy bark and be so tender that they’re practically fallin’ off the bone. Give ’em a final glaze with your favorite BBQ sauce, let it caramelize a bit on the grill, and boom – you’re in smoky rib heaven!

The Rib Rundown: Choosing the Right Cut

Now, before you start your smokin’ journey, it’s crucial to pick the right type of rib. I’m ride-or-die for baby back ribs, but if you’re in it for a meatier experience, spare ribs or St. Louis style might be your jam. Remember, it’s all about personal preference – just like pickin’ your favorite playlist.

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Rub-a-Dub Flavors: The Magic in the Rub

Let’s chat about that rub, shall we? It’s the secret handshake to flavor town. My taste buds scream “Hallelujah!” for a rub mix that’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta savory. Feel free to channel your inner kitchen rockstar and tweak the ratios to match your flavor groove.

Wood: Fueling the Flavor Fire

Alright, let’s talk wood – the stage crew that adds depth and character to our smoky performance. Now, don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis; pick a wood that aligns with your taste. Mesquite brings boldness, apple wood is a touch of sweetness, and cherry wood – oh man, it’s like the cherry on top of your culinary masterpiece.

Unveiling the 321 Method: Magic in Numbers

So, you’ve heard me rave about the 321 method, but what’s the fuss? Well, my friends, it’s a BBQ symphony! Three hours of smokin’, two hours wrapped in foil for tender lovin’, and one more hour of smoky infusion. It’s like a culinary dance – the kind that makes your taste buds tango!

Sides That Sizzle: Rib-Worthy Companions

No rib party is complete without the ultimate supporting cast – the sides! Think mac ‘n’ cheese with a crispy breadcrumb topping, buttery cornbread that’s melt-in-your-mouth amazing, and a fresh slaw to cut through the richness. It’s all about balance, baby!

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Overall, folks, Bradley Smoked Ribs are a BBQ adventure that takes taste to new heights. From selecting the perfect ribs to nailing that rub and dancing with wood and time, every step is a flavorful journey. So fire up that Bradley smoker, grab your tongs, and get ready for a smokin’ good time that’ll make you the star of every backyard bash!

And there you have it, my fellow flavor enthusiasts! Thanks a million for joining me on this smoky escapade. Remember, life’s too short for bland food – so keep those flavors smokin’ and those taste buds rockin’. Until next time, keep it saucy, my friends!

Bradley Smoked Ribs

Craving smoky, juicy ribs? Look no further! Our Bradley smoked ribs recipe will satisfy your carnivorous cravings and make you the hero of any backyard cookout.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Marinating 1 hour
Servings 4


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs about 2.5 pounds each
  • Hickory wood chips for smoking

For the Rub:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Mop Sauce (optional, for basting):

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


The Rubdown

  1. In a bowl, combine all the rub ingredients: brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt. Mix them up real nice – that's your flavor powerhouse!
  2. Lay your baby back ribs on a clean surface, bone side up. Peel off the thin membrane on the back of the ribs – use a paper towel for grip if it's being stubborn.
  3. Massage that rub you just whipped up onto both sides of the ribs. Get in there, make sure every nook and cranny is coated with flavor. If you've got the time, cover 'em up and let 'em marinate in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Flavor party, here we come!

Let the Smoke Show Begin

  1. Fire up your charcoal grill or smoker. Set it up for indirect heat – that means, coals on one side and ribs on the other. Aim for a steady temperature of around 225°F (110°C). Toss a handful of hickory wood chips onto the coals for that smoky goodness.
  2. Place your seasoned baby back ribs on the grill, bone side down. Close the lid and let the magic happen. Time to grab a chair and soak in that smoky aroma!

The Mop Sauce Dance (Optional)

  1. If you're feelin' fancy, whip up the mop sauce while the ribs are smokin'. In a bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, water, Worcestershire sauce, vegetable oil, honey, salt, and black pepper. Mix it like you're mixin' up a hit song.
  2. Every hour or so, give your ribs a good basting with the mop sauce. Use a grill brush or a mop brush – get artistic with it! This step keeps 'em moist and adds another layer of flavor.

The 3-2-1 Symphony

  1. After about 3 hours of smokin', it's wrap time! Lay out two long sheets of aluminum foil. Place each rack of ribs on a sheet and drizzle with a bit of apple juice or water. Wrap 'em up tight, like you're tucking 'em in for a nap.
  2. Back on the grill they go, this time wrapped in their foil blankets. Let 'em hang out for 2 hours. This is where the magic of tenderness happens – they're gonna be fall-off-the-bone delightful!
  3. Unwrap those beauties and let 'em smoke for one final hour. This step gives 'em that perfect bark – that crispy, caramelized exterior we all dream about.

The Grand Finale

  1. Your meat thermometer is your best friend now. Insert it into the thickest part of the ribs, avoiding the bone. When it reads about 195°F (90°C), you're golden. It's time to unveil your smoky masterpieces!
  2. If you're feelin' saucy, glaze those ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce. Let it sizzle on the grill for a few minutes – just enough to caramelize that sauce into a sweet and tangy masterpiece.
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