How Do I Smoke Ribs?

Pork ribs are the kings of any backyard cookout.  They are a pigcycle with a built in handle.  When done right they are juicy and delicious.  The Fat Boy has cooked his fair share of racks in the back yard and at competition.  Follow these basic steps for great ribs off of the smoker.  As always you will find ways to make the cook and the ribs uniquely yours.  The following steps will work for both baby back and spare ribs.

Smoking pork ribs is a delicious way to cook them and infuse them with a smoky flavor. Here’s a general outline of how to smoke pork ribs:


  • Pork ribs (baby back or spare ribs)
  • Dry rub (we highly recommend Fat Boy Premium All Purpose or Fat Boy Sweet Rub) You can also layer both flavors to add depth to your ribs.
  • Foil pan or baking sheet
  • Barbecue sauce (We highly recommend Fat Boy Sticky Stuff Sauce)


  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F to 250°F.
  2. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. (This is optional but recommended for more tender meat.)
  3. Season the ribs with a dry rub of your choice. Be generous and rub it into the meat and let them rest for about an hour.
  4. Place the ribs in the smoker bone-side down. (This is important for even cooking.)
  5. Let your smoker warm up for at least 30 minutes while you prepare the ribs.
  6. Smoke the ribs for 4 to 6 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 195°F to 203°F. (Use a meat thermometer to check.) You may also use the 3 2 1 rib method as a beginning guideline. This is 3 hours smoking, 2 hours wrapped and 1 hour with sauce.
  7. If you want to add barbecue sauce after cooking without wrap, brush it on the ribs during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  8. Remove the ribs from the smoker and let them rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Enjoy your delicious smoked pork ribs!

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