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Best ribs I've made yet!!! Call me crazy!!!


Joined Oct 22, 2013
I have a new method for ribs. I have been cooking ribs traditionally for years. I make damn good ribs. I typically use the 3-2-1, 2-2-1, 2.5-1.5-1, straight 4-5 hr cook, with water, without, etc... The best ribs with the best bark were last night. I accidentally stumbled upon this method. Let's call it the 2-2.5, I was cooking for the whole family several months ago. I couldn't get all the ribs on my smokers. I ended up putting two racks in the oven TO START WITH!. I finished them on the smoker when the other meat came off. We had all eaten by the time they were ready so I only tasted them. The texture and flavor was great but I was full and didn't think much else about it. I'm back in the kitchen experimenting last night and BAM!!! TRUST ME AND TRY THIS ONE TIME!!!! I guarantee you will change your method for cooking ribs.

I used baby backs.

1. I remove the membrane

2. Salt both sides of the ribs generously, then lightly season both sides with enough rub to cover the rack. Add a THIN layer of mustard to both sides and lightly season again.

3. Lightly cover the ribs with enough brown sugar to cover the whole rack. I don't think you can use too much.

4. Placed the ribs meat side down on some tin foil with about 4 Tbs of juice. (I used pineapple mango, u can use whatever you like)

5. Wrap them good and bake in the over at 250 for at least 2 hrs. I have only done this twice and last night I went 2hrs and 10 mins. I wouldn't go less than 2hrs but probably not more than 2.5. This will make them very tender. Then longer your bake them the more 'fall of the bone' they'll be.

(I start getting my coals/smoker ready the second hr the ribs are in the oven. That way the smoker has a stable temp when I'm ready for it)

6. Remove them from the oven. Lightly season them with more rub and brown sugar. ( I add enough brown sugar to lightly cover the whole rack, use as much or little as you want. More sugar means more bark) Wait maybe 5 mins and let the sugar melt and disappear before step 7.

7. Place them on then smoker and pour the wood to it. I personally like a combo of pecan and mesquite, 2-1 ratio. Don't kill it with the smoke but keep it smoking for the next 2-3 hrs. Cook at 250-275 for 2-3 hrs. Make sure you slowly increase your temp after 2 hrs if your bark isn't looking dark enough. when your bark is nice and dark but not burned. Take them off eat em!!!!

8. Be careful not to eat your fingers!!!!

I usually don't sauce my ribs, I don't have to. They are stupid good. Slightly sweet and spicy but you can still taste the meat.

I make my own rubs and use commercial rubs. LIGHTLY season your ribs if your rub has a lot of heat or smoked spices. Or if it has notable amounts of chili powder. You can ruin your ribs with too much spice and smoke. TRUST ME, I've ruined a bunch over the years.

Mistake #1. Not baking them long enough or too long. Try 2hrs to 2hrs 15mins.

Mistake #2. Don't use too much rub, especially if it has much heat or strong spices, you won't taste the meat. Don't be afraid to use the brown sugar!!! I use a rub with brown sugar in it and I use EXTRA on the ribs!!!!

Mistake #3. Watch your smoker temp!!! Keep your temp at grate around 250 for the first two hrs. Gradually increase your temp to improve your bark it you need to. Check every 15 mins or so. I had my temp at 300 when I pulled them off last night but I let it creep up to that temp.

Mistake #4. DON'T OVERSMOKE WITH HICKORY!!!! It can ruin your ribs. I've made that mistake several times.

Best ribs I've made yet!!! Follow this one to the 'T" and you WON'T regret it!!


Epic Pitmaster
Joined Oct 7, 2012
Thanks for sharing. I would do the first 2 hours on the smoker instead of the oven. But I'm just a mule.

Now for the big mistake # 5 and it is a biggie!

Happy smoken and watch the fingers.



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Apr 22, 2011
Thanks for the thorough recipe. Glad they worked out for you!!


Smoke Blower
Joined Sep 12, 2008
sounds like a plan!  I can make "smack yer grandma pulled pork" but I have never been able to get ribs the way i want 'em.  I'll try this next time thanks! 


Smoking Fanatic
Joined May 23, 2013
Ribs in the oven first???????

3 - 2 - 1 or 2 - 2 - 1, only after marinating for 24 to 36 hours, then the night before the smoke, rinse them off, Dry them off, apply glue (I use honey), Apply your rub.  Then wrap tightly in Plastic wrap, put in fridge overnight.  The morning of the smoke, remove Ribs from Fridge, unwrap, apply more Rub if needed.  Go get the smoker set up and warmed up, do the whole cooking/Smoking in the smoker.

I made them this way the same day our local Rib Fest was happening, folks who went to the Rib Fest and tried my Ribs, said mine were much better than anything found there.



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Apr 23, 2010
Thanks for sharing your method Vinnie.

For me the only time my ribs see the oven is on a reheat.  But you know what they say...different strokes for different folks!  




Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 28, 2010
Sounds really tasty! Don't you have any photos of the ribs? 
Since this thread is 5 months old and the OP hasn't been on the forum in a couple of months, the answer is most likely no there will be no pics

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