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Dry Rubbed Smoked Baby Back Ribs

These dry rubbed smoked baby back ribs are rubbed in a quick three blend mix and hung in a barrel cooker for easy, fast, and crazy delicious finger licking good eats!
Course bbq, Main Course
Cuisine American, barbeque
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Marinade Time 4 hours
Servings 6
Calories 234kcal



Prep the Ribs:

  • Pat the ribs dry and trim and loose pieces or fat
    2 racks Baby Back Ribs
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
  • Rub the ribs with mustard
    1 tablespoon mustard
  • Mix the PK rub and Erubtion with salt in a small bowl
    4 tablespoon Christie Vanovers PK Pork Rub, 2 tablespoon Sasquatch BBQ Erubtion Rub, 1 tablespoon salt
  • Sprinkle evenly on the front and back of both racks of ribs
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge 4 to 8 hours.

Preheat the grill & smoke the ribs

  • Prep your barrel smoker for a temp of 275-300 degrees with your charcoal stacked to one side of the smoker.
  • Allow the grill to come to temp while you secure the ribs with the hanging hooks, about 2 ribs down.
  • Add wood chunks to the barrel smoker for added flavor.
  • Hang the ribs according to your barrel smokers directions on the cooler side of the grill.
  • Return the lid
  • Check the ribs after 1 hours and then every 30 to 45 minutes after that.
  • The baby back ribs will cook in about 2 ½ to 3 hours.

Baste ribs in BBQ Sauce

  • In the last 15 minutes of cooking, carefully remove the ribs from the cooker. Add the grill grate to the barrel.
  • Brush the ribs with bbq sauce and return to the cooker to let the sauce set.
  • Temp the ribs to make sure they are cooked through to 195 - 205 degrees F.
  • Remove from heat, tent with foil and rest 5 minutes.


  • Carefully run your blade along the rib bones to slice off portions or individual ribs and serve with additional bbq sauce if desired.


For this smoke, we tested Jack Daniels barrel chunks for smoking.
Smoked in a Pit Barrel Cooker with Cowboy Charcoal


Serving: 1g | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1276mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg