One of my many passions is cooking. I love to experiment, and try new things, especially when it comes to BBQ. I have a Traeger, and try to use it at least three times a week.

Townsquare Media / Jesse James
Townsquare Media / Jesse James

Today, I brought some ribs into work that I had made on Sunday while my parents were in town. I brought them in for lunch but didn't quite get that far. Everyone here at the radio station gave me the sad puppy dog look, so I ended up sharing with them.

They all loved the ribs! Some of my co-workers even said they were the best they've ever had. I figured that since I got such a positive response that I'd share the recipe with you, so that you can impress your friends the next time you have them over for a BBQ.

Here's what you'll need (Depending on how many people you're cooking for)

  • 2 racks of pork ribs ( I like the baby back )
  • 1 bottle French's Yellow Mustard
  • BBQ rub of your choice.
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Juice
  • Spray Bottle
  • Basting Brush
  • BBQ (I make my own, but Sweet Baby Ray's is good if you don't have time)

Like I said, I have a Traeger, so I smoke the ribs before cooking them.

Here are instructions for cooking. You will need a smoker for the first step. I like to use a combination of maple, hickory, and apple wood.

  • Step 1: Remove ribs from package, and rinse them in the sink. After rinsing ribs, dry them with a paper towel.
  • Step 2: Completely cover ribs in yellow mustard. This has nothing to do with flavor. The mustard serves as an adhesive for your dry rub to stick to. After you coat the ribs in mustard, apply your rubs. It's best to massage the rub into the meat. After your ribs are rubbed, wrap the entire rack in plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight. (I leave mine 24 hours)
  • Step 3: After letting the ribs sit in the fridge overnight, it's time to start cooking! Remove plastic wrap, and set your smoker to around 175 degrees. Place ribs directly in your smoker. Smoke at approximately 175 for 3 hours. During this time, I keep a spray bottle of apple juice nearby, and give them a good spray about once an hour.
  • Step 4: After letting your ribs smoke for 3 hours, remove them and set each rack on its own piece of tin foil. Fold tin foil up around sides of ribs. Pour apple juice around the edges of ribs. (Until it's covering the bottom of the rib bone, but not over the ribs). Evenly drizzle honey and brown sugar over the top of the ribs from end to end. Close tin foil so that it's as air tight as possible. Increase cooking temperature to 225 degrees, and place ribs wrapped in tin foil back on the grill. Cook at 225 for 2 hours.
  • Step 5: After ribs have cooked in tin foil for 2 hours, remove them from the grill, and take out of tin foil. Grab your basting brush, and cover your ribs in your favorite barbecue sauce. After applying your sauce, return your ribs to the grill. Cook at 225 degrees for another 45 minutes to an hour.

And that's it! Delicious BBQ for you and all of your friends to enjoy. It's a fairly easy recipe, and the results are mouthwatering! Happy cooking!


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