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The Best Smoked Rib Recipe

Forget Memphis and St. Louis. You can enjoy the best ribs AT HOME with this recipe.  The rib rub has some serious sweet heat - so be sure to have your favorite beverage nearby when you eat them.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ribs, smoked, smoker
Servings: 4 slabs
Calories: 826kcal
Author: Lynda


  • 4 slabs pork ribs
  • Mountain Dew
  • ¾ cups brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper + 1 ½ tsp
  • 1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce
  • Wood chips
  • Charcoal


  • Night Before: Remove membrane from underside of ribs. Soak ribs in Mountain Dew overnight in refrigerator. Soak wood chips in water.
  • Day of Cooking: Drain the Mountain Dew from the ribs. Combine spices and rub over ribs and let sit in refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Heat coals in smoker. Once at ideal range, place ribs in smoker on top rack. (We placed chicken drumettes on bottom rack to get the most use out of the charcoal.)
  • Smoke for approximately 4 hours. During the last half hour, generously apply Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce. Check to ensure that the internal temperature of ribs is 165° Fahrenheit before removing from the smoker.



Serving: 1/2 slab | Calories: 826kcal