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Weber Smoked Ribs

Hey there, grill masters and meat lovers! Gather ’round, because today we’re diving headfirst into the glorious world of Weber smoked ribs. Picture this: succulent, fall-off-the-bone goodness with a smoky twist that’ll have your taste buds doing a happy dance. Now, I ain’t no culinary guru, but I sure know a thing or two about crafting these mouthwatering beauties on my Weber grill. So, let’s fire up that grill and get smokin’!

Weber smoked ribs

How to make smoked ribs on a Weber grill

Imagine this: the sun’s shining, friends are chattin’, and the scent of smoky goodness is wafting through the air. That’s the scene I live for! Here’s a quick rundown of how to whip up those legendary smoked ribs:

  1. Prep the Ribs: Start by choosing your favorite ribs – baby backs or spareribs, your call! Give ’em a good rinse and pat dry with some paper towels. Remove that pesky membrane from the back for extra tenderness.
  2. Rub-a-Dub-Dub: It’s time to get your rub on! Whip up a tantalizing concoction of spices – paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, cumin, a hint of cayenne for a little kick, and hey, don’t forget a pinch of love! Slather this goodness all over your ribs and let ’em marinate for a few hours. Flavor town, here we come!
  3. Get Smokin’: Fire up your Weber grill and set it up for indirect cooking. Toss in some soaked wood chips for that signature smokiness. Oh, the sweet symphony of sizzling!
  4. Low and Slow: Place those beautifully seasoned ribs on the grill away from the direct heat. Now, here’s where the magic happens: let ’em smoke at a low temperature for hours, giving them all the time in the world to absorb that smoky essence. Patience is the name of the game, my friends!
  5. Glaze It Up: In the last hour, coat your ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce. The sticky goodness will caramelize into a sweet and savory masterpiece.
  6. Dig In: After all the anticipation, it’s finally time to feast! Cut ’em up, serve ’em hot, and watch those smiles light up the backyard. You did it!

The simple rub

Now, let’s talk about rubs, shall we? When it comes to smokin’ ribs, my go-to is a blend of paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and a dash of cumin. Sprinkle it on, massage it in – it’s like giving your ribs a cozy spice blanket. Feel free to tweak the proportions to match your flavor cravings!

Best wood chips to use

Wood chips are like the secret ingredient that adds that smoky charm. Hickory and applewood are my top picks, but don’t be afraid to experiment! Pecan, cherry, and mesquite can add their own unique twist to the party. It’s all about that woodsy symphony.

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321 method: The rib whisperer

Ever heard of the 321 method? It’s like the Jedi master of rib smoking techniques. For the first three hours, let your ribs bask in the smoky embrace. Then, wrap ’em up in foil for another two hours to get ’em tender as a love letter. Finally, unwrap and let ’em sizzle for that last hour, glazed and glorious.

What to serve

Now, what pairs perfectly with these smoky wonders? A sidekick that won’t steal the spotlight, but knows how to groove alongside. Creamy coleslaw, buttery cornbread, and tangy baked beans – they’re like the backup dancers to your rib’s main stage show.

What to do with leftovers

Leftover ribs? A rare occurrence, but if it happens (kudos for your self-control!), turn ’em into a flavor-packed second act. Shred the meat and toss it into a sandwich, slap it onto a pizza, or even stir it into a hearty chili. Leftovers never looked so good!

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Well, folks, there you have it – my smokin’ journey with Weber ribs, complete with flavors that’ll make your taste buds do the cha-cha. So, the next time you’re ready to embrace the grill, don’t just cook; create a symphony of flavors that’ll leave your guests begging for an encore. Remember, grilling isn’t just about food; it’s about the stories, the laughter, and the memories created around that sizzling masterpiece.

And with that, I’m gonna wrap it up like a perfectly cooked rib. Thanks for hangin’ with me and indulging in this BBQ banter. Until next time, keep smokin’ and keep those smiles rollin’! After all, good food and good company – that’s what it’s all about. Stay saucy, my friends!


Weber Smoked Ribs

Elevate your backyard BBQ game with our unbeatable Weber smoked ribs recipe. Juicy, smoky, and absolutely delicious – get ready to impress your friends and family.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Marinating 2 hours
Servings 4


For the Rub:

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to taste
  • Black pepper and salt to taste

For the Ribs:

  • 2 racks of baby back ribs or spare ribs
  • Wood chips hickory, applewood, etc., soaked in water for 30 minutes

For the BBQ Glaze:

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce your favorite brand


Prep and Marinate

  1. At the back of the ribs, remove the membrane. Use a butter knife to lift a corner, then grab it with a paper towel and peel it off. This step ensures your ribs will be tender and flavorful.

  2. In a bowl, mix together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. This rub is your ticket to flavor heaven!
  3. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the rub generously over both sides of the ribs, massaging it into the meat. Place the rubbed ribs on a baking sheet and cover them. Pop 'em in the fridge to marinate for 2-4 hours. This is where the magic of flavor infusion happens!

Smokin' Good Time

  1. About 30 minutes before you're ready to cook, fire up your Weber grill. Set it up for indirect cooking by piling charcoal briquettes on one side. Place a drip pan filled with water on the other side to catch the drippings and maintain moisture.
  2. While the grill heats up, soak your wood chips in water for that smoky flavor. This helps prevent them from burning too quickly and gives you that perfect smolder.
  3. Drain the wood chips and scatter them over the hot coals. Close the lid and let that smoky goodness start rollin'!
  4. Place the marinated ribs on the grill grate over the drip pan, bone-side down. This is where patience comes in - let the ribs smoke at around 225°F (110°C) for about 3 hours. The art of low and slow is real!

Glaze and Finish

  1. After the first 3 hours, remove the ribs from the grill. Brush BBQ sauce on both sides of the ribs. Wrap each rack individually in aluminum foil to create a BBQ sauna. Pop 'em back on the grill.
  2. Let the ribs continue to cook, wrapped in foil, for another 2 hours. This method will tenderize the meat to pure perfection.
  3. Unwrap the ribs, careful of the steam, and place them back on the grill. Brush on more BBQ sauce and let them sizzle for an additional hour. This last step adds that gorgeous caramelized glaze.

Serve and Savor

  1. Your patience has paid off! It's time to remove the ribs from the grill and give it a few minutes to rest. Use a sharp knife to cut between the bones and serve up those succulent, smoky slices of heaven.
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