Smoked Pork Ribs
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Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Smoked Pork Ribs

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr (includes resting time)
  • Active: 2 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
If you don't own a smoker, this is a great way to do ribs on the grill. I first saw this technique done by Adam Perry Lang, who is not only a great barbecue chef but a great all-around chef. In fact, he knows more about meat than practically anybody I've met. For this recipe I use pork spareribs, but the technique works just as well with lamb ribs too, though cook times will vary. Feel free to substitute your favorite BBQ sauce.






  1. Mix to combine all the rub ingredients. Moisten the ribs with lemon juice and then coat all sides with the rub, making sure to distribute evenly.
  2. Arrange the grill or smoker for indirect heating so the ribs will not be directly over the heat source. Using low heat and applewood chips (about half a pound), place ribs on cool part of the grill, wrap in foil, make a few incisions in the foil and smoke for 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together all glaze ingredients.
  4. After 1 hour, pour a third of the glaze on top of the ribs and seal tightly in the foil, being careful not to tear it. Do the same with remaining racks. Return ribs to the grill and cook meat-side down for 30 minutes, maintaining low heat. Occasionally check the grill to make sure it remains low. After 30 minutes, flip the foil bundles and continue cooking.
  5. After 1 hour of cooking, remove the ribs from the grill and let rest in the foil for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, raise grill heat to medium-high. Cut the lemon in half and grill flesh-side down until nicely marked and slightly soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. When done resting, remove the ribs from the foil and place on the grill meat-side down and cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the ribs from the grill and garnish with the grilled lemon, sea salt, oregano and extra virgin olive oil and a little drizzle of honey.

Cook’s Note

Michael prepared only 1 rack of pork baby-back ribs on the episode.