Apple Cider Smoked Ribs

10 hrs 30 mins - Prep 30 mins / Cook 10 hrs

These tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs get a hint of sweetness from fresh apple cider that keeps them juicy and flavorful. Homemade dry rub and BBQ sauce ensure that every bite is packed with sweet, smoky, and deliciously spiced flavor.


About the cut: Baby back ribs are cut from the top section of the pig’s ribs near the backbone and may include some loin in the cut. This is a smaller section of ribs that will be faster to cook. Spare ribs are cut from the bottom of the ribcage and the cut may include some brisket. This is a larger section of ribs with more meat and bone that will take longer to cook.


This recipe was created by our partner Lauren Nagel of Bon Appeteach who made the dish on our Bronco Pro Drum Smoker, but you can make it on your grill or smoker.

4-6 Servings


For The Dry Rub
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
For The Ribs
  • 2 Racks Ribs - Baby Backs or Spares
  • > Yellow Mustard
  • > Diluted Apple Cider
  • 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
For The Apple Cider BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tsp Prepared BBQ Rub
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