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Masterbuilt Smoked Ribs

Hey there, barbecue aficionados and grill gurus! Buckle up because we’re diving into the smoky, saucy world of Masterbuilt Smoked Ribs! You know, those mouthwatering pieces of meat that fall right off the bone, leaving you with a taste that’ll make you wanna do a happy dance. And trust me, I’ve had my fair share of rib-tastic adventures. So, grab your apron and let’s get grilling!

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How to Make Smoked Ribs on Masterbuilt

So, you’re ready to embark on this rib-tastic journey? Well, saddle up, my friends, ’cause I’ve got the ultimate step-by-step guide for you. Here’s how to turn those slabs of meat into smoky perfection:

  1. Prep the Ribs: Start by giving your ribs a little TLC. Remove the membrane from the back – you want that flavor to penetrate every nook and cranny!
  2. Seasoning Serenade: Rub those ribs down with a generous helping of your favorite dry rub. Don’t be shy – give ’em a massage that would make a spa therapist proud.
  3. Fire Up the Masterbuilt: Get that smoker up to around 225°F (107°C). It’s like creating a cozy little rib retreat where the magic happens!
  4. Wood Wisdom: Choose your wood chips wisely, my friends. I’m talkin’ applewood, hickory, cherry – they’re like the secret ingredients to smoky success.
  5. Smoking Symphony: Pop those ribs on the smoker grates and let ’em dance in the smoky haze for about 3 hours. Don’t forget to baste ’em now and then!
  6. Wrap It Up: Time to wrap those ribs up in foil. Add a splash of apple juice for an extra dose of flavor. Let ’em cook for another 2 hours – patience, my BBQ comrades!
  7. Unleash the Flavor: Unwrap those beauties and let ’em sizzle for about an hour. Brush ’em with your favorite BBQ sauce, ’cause we’re all about that lip-smacking glaze!

What Kind of Ribs To Use

Now, let’s talk rib selection. Baby back ribs, spare ribs – there’s a whole rib family out there! Personally, I’m all about baby back ribs. They’re like the Beyoncé of the rib world – tender, flavorful, and always ready to steal the show.

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What Kind of Wood Should You Use

Listen up, BBQ comrades, wood is the secret sauce to smoky success. Go for fruit woods like apple, peach, or cherry for a hint of sweetness. Mesquite and hickory are bolder choices that’ll add some serious punch to your ribs. It’s all about creating that smoky symphony of flavors!

What Is the 3-2-1 Ribs Method?

Ah, the 3-2-1 Ribs Method – a rib journey that’s practically a rite of passage for grillmasters. It’s like the golden ratio for rib perfection! Smoke ’em for 3 hours, wrap ’em in foil and cook for 2 hours, then unwrap and let ’em sizzle for 1 more hour. It’s a bit like following a recipe, but with a dash of BBQ magic!

How Do You Know When It’s Done Cooking

It’s like a rib rendezvous – when your ribs are ready, they’ll be practically begging to fall off the bone. Grab those tongs and give ’em a gentle twist. If they’re ready to part ways with that bone, well, you’ve hit the jackpot, my friend!

What to Serve

Alright, alright, we’ve got our smoked ribs locked and loaded. But what’s the supporting cast for this meaty masterpiece? Coleslaw with a zesty twist, cornbread that’s so good it’ll make grandma jealous, and maybe a pile of crispy french fries. It’s all about the delicious ensemble!

What to Do With Leftovers

Got some leftover ribs? Don’t let ’em go to waste! Whip up a rib-stuffed omelette for a hearty breakfast, or shred that meat for the ultimate BBQ sandwich. Trust me, these ribs are like the gift that keeps on giving.

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And there you have it, my BBQ buddies – the tantalizing tale of Masterbuilt Smoked Ribs. From the first sizzle to the last bite, it’s a journey filled with flavor, flair, and a whole lot of finger-licking goodness. So, go on, fire up that smoker, and let the rib adventure begin. Thanks for joining me on this saucy ride – remember, ribs aren’t just food, they’re an experience. Stay smoky, stay sassy, and keep those grills fired up!

Well, folks, that’s a wrap! Thanks a million for hanging out and indulging in this BBQ bonanza. Remember, life’s too short for boring food, so go forth and conquer the world of Masterbuilt Smoked Ribs. Until next time, keep the flames high and the flavors even higher. Catch you on the smoky side, my fellow foodies!


Masterbuilt Smoked Ribs

Elevate your grilling game with our Masterbuilt smoked ribs recipe. Smoky, savory, and simply irresistible – a true feast for meat lovers.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 4


  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to taste
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Wood chips apple, hickory, cherry, or mesquite


Prep and Seasoning

  1. Lay the racks of ribs on a clean surface. Use a butter knife or your fingers to gently loosen and lift the thin membrane from the back of the ribs. Grip it with a paper towel and peel it off completely.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to create a flavorful dry rub.
  3. Sprinkle the dry rub evenly over both sides of the ribs, pressing it gently to adhere. Let the ribs sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Smoking the Ribs

  1. Preheat your Masterbuilt smoker to 225°F (107°C) using your choice of wood chips (apple, hickory, cherry, or mesquite) for that signature smoky flavor.
  2. Place the seasoned ribs on the smoker grates, bone-side down. Close the smoker and let the ribs smoke for about 3 hours. Maintain a steady temperature of 225°F (107°C).

Wrapping and Finishing

  1. Lay out two sheets of aluminum foil for each rack of ribs. Place each rack on its own set of foil. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of apple juice over each rack. Seal the ribs tightly in the foil to create a packet.
  2. Return the foil-wrapped ribs to the smoker and let them cook for another 2 hours. This step helps tenderize the meat and infuse it with moisture.
  3. Carefully remove the ribs from the foil and place them directly on the smoker grates again. Brush a generous layer of your favorite BBQ sauce on both sides of the ribs.
  4. Let the ribs cook, uncovered, for about 1 more hour. This allows the BBQ sauce to caramelize and develop that irresistible smoky glaze.

Savoring and Serving

  1. Check the internal temperature of the ribs by using a meat thermometer. They're ready when the temperature reaches around 195°F (90°C), and the meat is tender and ready to pull apart.
  2. Carefully remove the ribs from the smoker and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing. Cut between the bones to separate the individual ribs.
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