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Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Smoked Baby Back Ribs Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com I had never had ribs before coming to the US, but totally fell in love with them after I had my first ribs at Everett and Jones Barbeque in Oakland, California back in my college days.  Since then I’ve tried ribs at many restaurants to find the best smoked ribs but none of them satisfied me.  It wasn’t until 5 years ago when my friend John bought a new smoker and invited us over for dinner one night and made these amazing Smoked Baby Back Ribs.

John Hsieh

Since that day, I’ve been a big fan of his smoked ribs and I have indulged myself with these delicious ribs on many occasions.  Recently when he invited us and other friends for dinner one night, I had to ask if he could share his recipe, and he kindly agreed to be my first non-blogger guest.

So everyone, please meet my dear friend, John.  He’s one of my husband’s best friends since  elementary school and they had gone to the same schools all the way through college.  Even after graduating from college, both of them continued to live in the same area and often hang out together.  The only difference now is that both of them are married with two children.  John’s wife is now my close friend, and their children are our children’s friends – basically his family is like our extended family.

The day of his dinner party, I sent my husband to John’s house at eight in the morning to take pictures of step-by-step tutorials before the smoking was in process (it takes hours to prepare).  I was actually surprised how much time and effort is required to make these ribs.  If you look at the Notes section in the recipe, you will see where John got this original recipe from.  You can also tell why this is simply the best of best ribs recipes based on the accolades its won over the years.

I have been dreaming of getting our own smoker so that we can smoke our own ribs, and now that John’s recipe has been revealed I asked my husband if we can buy a smoker so that I can finally enjoy these ribs every month.  Unexpectedly his answer was no, and he said it’s because these ribs are John’s signature dish.  That’s really true.  John’s smoked ribs have been my favorite of all the places I’ve tried.  He knows how much I love these ribs because I can’t stop saying how delicious these are every time I eat it.  So John, we’ll continue to be over at your house whenever you make these amazing ribs!

If you are like us and don’t own a smoker, today’s recipe may not be useful, but I hope you enjoy reading on how the best smoked baby back ribs are prepared.  Thanks John for teaching us how to make ribs, and I look forward to your next invitation! ;-)

Smoked Baby Back Ribs | Just One Cookbook

Smoked Baby Back Ribs Recipe
Total time
Serves: Serves 12
  • 6 Pork baby back ribs slabs (2 lbs per slab)
  • KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce
  • Honey
Dry rub
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Accent (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  1. Trim excess fat and extra meat so the rib thickness is even throughout.
  2. Place slabs of ribs inside a roasting pan.
  3. Mix dry rub ingredients together thoroughly.
  4. Generously sprinkle a layer over the ribs.
  5. Allow the marinated ribs to sit at room temperature for 1 hour before cooking. The salt in the rub draws moisture from the meat, forming a red ruby liquid covering the surface (see below).
  6. After applying the dry rub, you can start preparing the smoker because it takes a while for the smoker to sustain consistent temperature. The directions below is for a water pan smoker and specifically the Web “Smokey Mountain Cooker”. If you have a different smoker the end result might not turn out the same, adapt cooking time and method based on your manufacture’s direction.
  7. John made a few changes to the original recipe to make the smoking process easier. First he bought a larger water pan so he doesn’t have to refill water while smoking, and two, cover up the pan with aluminum foil so the cleaning will be a breeze. If you use the standard water pan make sure it stays filled during the smoking process. If you refill with cold water it could affect the smoker temperature so try to use hot water.
  8. This recipe requires 12-15 pound of charcoal. Light up charcoal in a chimney starter (do not use charcoals pre-soaked in lighter fluid). For direction on how to use a chimney starter, view the video here.
  9. After the charcoal burns for about 15 minutes, pour into smoker.
  10. Immediately add another chimney of "unlit" charcoal on top.
  11. Place the wood chunk on top of the charcoal.
  12. When the smoke wood starts catching on fire, assemble the cooker. Put the water pan in place and fill it with cool tap water. Close all three bottom vents, but set the top vent fully open and leave it that way during the entire cooking process.
  13. Allow the smoker to sit for about an hour before adding the ribs to the cooker. It’s not required but it is much easier to smoke with a rib rack.
  14. When the temperature is stable at 225°F, add rib to smoker. Do not add rib before the temperature is consistent.
  15. After three hours, open the cooker for the first time and turn the ribs over.
  16. Replace the lid and open the bottom vents to increase the cooker temperature to 250-275°F. Check if the meat is done after 1 more hour and every 30 minutes thereafter. The ribs will be done when they have a nice, brown color and the meat passes the “tear test.” Tear test - Take hold of two adjacent bones toward the middle of the slab and give them a pull. If the meat offers a bit of resistance but then tears easily, you know the ribs are done just right.
  17. Sauce the ribs on both sides with a mixture of 5 parts KC Masterpiece Original Flavor barbecue sauce to 1 part honey. Serve immediately.
Slightly adapted from Virtual Webber Bullet.com originally from Mike Scrutchfield's recipe and cooking procedure, which won the prestigious title "Best Ribs in the Universe" aka BRITU at the 1996 American Royal Invitational, the 1993 American Royal Open Bar-B-Que contest as the “Overall Grand Champion”, and "Reserve Grand Champion" at the 1994 American Royal Open.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs | Just One Cookbook


Smoked Baby Back Ribs | Just One Cookbook

I’m currently on vacation but will come back next Wednesday August 8th for a new post.  See you all then!  xo  - Nami


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  • Medeja August 1, 2012, 12:24 am

    Oh dear.. they look heavenly! I am on my way home and eating my dinner will be thinking about these ribs!!

  • Mel August 1, 2012, 12:42 am

    Oh my……. I bet this is the most delicious ribs. Just looking at the pictures already makes me drooling …. down to my keyboard!

  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy August 1, 2012, 1:02 am

    As soon as I saw the title of this post I knew I was in for a treat. Nami and John, you did not dissapoint with this post. THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok August 1, 2012, 1:27 am

    Great post Nami & John. This is an official request to be invited to the next smoking dinner party, please, please.

    Enjoy your holiday Nami.

  • Raymund August 1, 2012, 1:27 am

    All I can say is wow, now I need to wipe my keyboard with all of that liquid coming out of my mouth :)
    That looks so good!!!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 1, 2012, 1:40 am

    Thanks for your good friend John for his kind sharing. This look absolutely delicious and tempting! I don’t own a smoker but i might try this recipe using oven..Happy A lovely short break Nami.

  • Purabi Naha August 1, 2012, 2:06 am

    Oh, yum!!! These ribs are so full of flavour and I loved the rub! Loved your stepwise instructions. This is so tempting…my mouth is watering already!

  • William August 1, 2012, 2:51 am

    wow looks nice! but i thought you only share Japanese recipe. This is definitely not Japanese, isn’t it?

    • Nami August 1, 2012, 3:02 am

      I wrote in my FAQs page but I also share and keep non-Japanese recipes that my family enjoys on my blog as this is my just one cookbook where I keep all my recipes. Thanks! :-)

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 1, 2012, 3:10 am

    OMG Nami! I would love to get a smoker. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, especially when I’ve been seeing a lot of smoked dishes on TV….the ribs look so good….I would totally love to be able to make it…hope my boyfriend would let me get one. :P

  • Choc Chip Uru August 1, 2012, 3:36 am

    Ribs don’t usually look so wonderful my friend, they are so inspired! You come over sometime and goodbye vegetarianism :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef August 1, 2012, 4:00 am

    Fantastic ribs! I think I must invest in a smoker :)

  • Jen @ Savory Simple August 1, 2012, 4:39 am

    Those look just wonderful. I’ve actually never made baby back ribs for some reason. I always just order them at restaurants. Maybe I should finally give them a try!

  • Sandra August 1, 2012, 4:49 am

    I see why you enjoy going to John’s house for dinner. My husband handles the grill when it comes to ribs and we never get enough of them. He started using a chimney a couple years sgo to get away from charcoal lighter fluid. Enjoy your vacation and I hope the food is fantastic wherever you go.

  • Blackswan August 1, 2012, 4:54 am

    It’s almost mission impossible for me, so many steps to follow & I got lost halfway. Hahaha! I was trying to see if it’s possible to use the bbq method but I think I’ll drop the idea. I’ll just sit back & watch & wait to be serve. Heehee! It’s really nice to read all about John & the closeness your family shares with him. Lovely!

  • Martyna @ Wholesome Cook August 1, 2012, 4:58 am

    Hi John – your ribs look fantastic! :-) I really should utilise our outdoor built in bbq more often for smoking fish and meat. Bookmarking this for when it starts getting warmer. Must try as there is not much better in the world than a smell of smoked meat.

  • Kate August 1, 2012, 5:06 am

    Looks fantastic! I’ll have to look into getting a smoker, definitely worth it for something like this.

  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers August 1, 2012, 5:06 am

    You are lucky to have a close friend who makes the best baby back ribs! I haven’t had a good one in ages! Unfortunately, it’s not something commonly eaten here in Italy. Love this post and maybe I can make something out of it without having a smoker. Oh my Nami, my craving just started! Enjoy your vacation!

  • Debra August 1, 2012, 5:14 am

    This made my mouth water. I don’t have a smoker but I sure wish I did. lol

  • Jeannie August 1, 2012, 5:32 am

    With so much work going into cooking these ribs, they are better be good! Very interesting read Nami, and have a good vacation.

  • Asmita August 1, 2012, 5:39 am

    My mouth is watering looking at these photographs. Insanely delicious!

  • Belinda @zomppa August 1, 2012, 5:57 am

    I’m positively drooling – lip smacking! John looks like a friend everyone needs!

  • Fern@Tofoodwithlove August 1, 2012, 6:15 am

    That looks awesome. Don’t think I can get the BBQ sauce though. Would love to make these :)

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book August 1, 2012, 6:17 am

    Oh WOW, what a phenomenal recipe. Your friend John should go into business selling this brilliant ribs.
    Enjoy your vacation.
    :-) Mandy

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen August 1, 2012, 6:25 am

    Oh my gosh, how delicious! I actually use the same ingredients you did for ribs — Masterpiece Sauce + honey, but I never thought of smoking it. I don’t have a smoker, will an ordinary grill do? Thanks for sharing the recipe, Nami. I will keep this in my recipe file — definitely a classic! Enjoy your vacation :-)

  • Vicki Bensinger August 1, 2012, 6:49 am

    Nami these sound delicious. However you can still smoke these with your BBQ pit. Many years ago I wrote a article on this topic and taught how you can even smoke directly on your stove. Since I haven’t used this particular technique in quite sometime I will find my instructions and send them to you. I may have even blogged about it in my early years. I will check.

    However, my guess is you’ll never like them as much as you do your friends. Just like when mom makes special dishes, it never tastes as good as when she makes it.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Ramona August 1, 2012, 7:02 am

    Wow!! I could not click fast enough to get over here to see these ribs. How cool that your hubby’s childhood friend is still so close to you both. Well done to both of you for posting these fabulous ribs. :) Enjoy your vacation Nami!! :)

  • The Café Sucré Farine August 1, 2012, 7:13 am

    Oh my, ribs are definitely one of my weaknesses and these look amazing! Thanks for sharing your friend, Nami!

  • Lola Lobato August 1, 2012, 7:39 am

    I am not much of a meat lover, but yours looks great ! fantastic seasoning recipe.

  • Chef and Steward August 1, 2012, 8:08 am

    Nami, we started subscribing recently. I think your hubby is right.. John’s ribs are great also because it’s John’s touch but the time and care makes a huge difference. Hello John, and congrats on being featured for your great recipe!

  • John August 1, 2012, 8:21 am

    Thanks for all the great comments. Smoking is great if you have large parties. I’ve smoked up to 9 racks of ribs at the same time, or 15lb of pork shoulder for pulled pork. It’s enough to feed a small army – or send everyone home with leftovers :-). Don’t let all the steps intimidate you. You can’t really go wrong, just keep the heat low and let it cook!

  • Valerie Brunmeier August 1, 2012, 8:48 am

    Oh, I bet these are SO good! It looks like a little bit of work is involved but the result would be well worth it. How exciting to see a man cooking :)

  • Eva Taylor August 1, 2012, 9:23 am

    What a great recipe. I’ve smoked ribs before and it is definitely a procedure so it is very nice that you have a friend who is expert at it so you need not go to the trouble. A couple of years ago we bought a Smoke Daddy http://www.smokedaddyinc.com/ which attaches to your BBQ and cold smokes. I’ve had great success with it doing a hot and cold smoked salmon http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/hot-and-cold-smoked-wild-pacific-salmon/.
    It’s lovely that John allowed you to document his rib smoking process.

  • wok with ray August 1, 2012, 9:26 am

    What a succulent looking ribs. My mouth is watering just by looking at it. I’m sure it’s worth the time cooking it because of the wonderful flavor. Enjoy your vacation, Nami! :)

  • Rosa August 1, 2012, 9:29 am

    They look terrific! I wish I had such a friend (I generally cook for mine)… ;-P



  • Patty August 1, 2012, 9:43 am

    Wonderful directions for smoked ribs! My husband’s favorite is also Everett and Jones, if we are anywhere close by- we have to stop in for their ribs;-) Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing your friend John’s recipe! They look amazing- will have to hide these photos from my husband or we will be in the car driving over to Oakland,lol!

  • Jenny August 1, 2012, 10:03 am

    oh dear heavens, hold the smoker, I’m on my way!! That looks too scrummy, Nami, and a fascinating read. brilliant!

  • kitchenriffs August 1, 2012, 10:25 am

    Smokers are great – the kind John has is the best for home use, IMO. I don’t currently have one, but need to get one. Ribs are great, and you can do an amazing smoked brisket or pork butt. Those take awhile, though. Really nice post – thanks.

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love August 1, 2012, 10:46 am

    This is an outstanding recipe! I love ribs, I am definitely trying this recipe, they just look amazing!

  • A_Boleyn August 1, 2012, 11:53 am

    Amazing ribs, Nami. Congratulate your friend John on the time and effort he’s put in for his signature dish. How kind of your husband to not want to try and duplicate his recipe. Perhaps you can ask John if he’d mind if you made it yourself one day. :)

  • Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin August 1, 2012, 11:58 am

    Your photos are amazing and mouthwatering! What a perfect summer recipe! :)

  • Ashley August 1, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Oh me oh my. I need a whole rack of these, please!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking August 1, 2012, 12:59 pm

    I grow up eating smoked ribs and always enjoy them. I really like this recipe and photos are absolutely amazing…I am glad that John shared this recipe!
    Have a beautiful time on your vacation!

  • Kim Bee August 1, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Nami these are fabulous. I love ribs on the grill. I grew up with my mom making them in a pressure cooker which makes them so moist. So I’m sort of picky with my ribs. And these ones are making me crave ribs big time. Thanks to John for bringing such a wonderful recipe. Nothing like great smoked ribs.

  • Nandita August 1, 2012, 2:03 pm

    This dish looks fabulous Nami!! Kudos to John for coming up with such a wonderful recipe :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 1, 2012, 2:27 pm

    I don’t eat ribs often but if I’m going to eat them, smoked is the way to go! Hope you have a wonderful vacation, glad you are able to take some time off to relax :).

  • Lynna August 1, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Ohh… I LOVE RIBS! These look mouthwatering! Thanks so much John for sharing the recipe!

  • christobel August 1, 2012, 3:23 pm

    This look so good ! I will need to try this

  • yummychunklet August 1, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Drool…smoked ribs…

  • Lydia August 1, 2012, 3:40 pm

    You are amazing Nami. We are vegetarians, but the story behind and the description of the recipe is wonderful. Congratulation.

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman August 1, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Ribs are a passion of mine, because I cook them about once a month. No, I don’t have a smoker either but would love one too. My advice would be, if you’re gonna get one, get it as an attachment to a charcoal grill similar to one seen here because you can use it for grilling or smoking. It’s not very foodie of me (it’s a shortcut), but I’ve also used smoker bags to get the job done.

    Oh and there’s other proteins you can smoke too.

    (Trying to give you more ammunition with your spouse–hahaha)

  • [email protected] August 1, 2012, 5:18 pm

    what a post! Amazing details and techniques! I dont eat ribs, but I am sure this is adaptable!

  • Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings August 1, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Aw gawd, this must have been soooooooo delicious! And that’s one hell of a smoker! Sorry, I can’t stop staring at my screen. Makes me want to lick it because the ribs are just stunning! I’m in love, Nami…with the ribs!

  • Carolyn Jung August 1, 2012, 6:33 pm

    We do own a smoker. I’ll have to show this recipe to my husband, as he’s a rib fanatic. ;)

  • elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds August 1, 2012, 6:41 pm

    Smoked ribs must be so much more flavorful. The sauce looks amazing and this is a fun summer dish that can be enjoyed just by itself;)

  • Lora @cakeduchess August 1, 2012, 6:43 pm

    This dish reminds me of the delicious days of summer barbecues. That sauce looks incredible, Nami. Enjoy your vacation:)

  • Lorely August 1, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Hello Nami!! These looook soooo goood! I have loved Baby Back ribs since I was 13 and I’m sad because I don’t have a smoker at home :( You’re lucky you have a friend who cooks this so well!!! Have a happy vacation!! :)

  • Kitchen Belleicious August 1, 2012, 6:52 pm

    Drool! My mouth is watering Nami! Wow, you are one woman of many talents. these ribs look like they were cooked in a competition or something! Phenomenal

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 1, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Oh man I really need to get a smoker! I’ve always wanted one but now I’m getting really antsy about it! These ribs look absolutely phenomenal so as soon as I get that smoker, I’ll be making it :)

  • Lori Lynn August 1, 2012, 7:46 pm

    Kudos John! These rock!

  • Eha August 1, 2012, 7:48 pm

    My late wonderful father-in-law built a ‘two-storey’ smoker on our country property right behind the kitchen door! Oh, he also managed two pretty large square dams down in the valley, which he ‘seeded’ with brown and rainbow trout fingerlings in alternate years! What fun!!! So, the trout, after being salted the previous night, went in the top, and meats hung on the bottom: oft small legs of marinated Oz lamb, but oft ribs also! Thanks for the memory, Namiko [hope the holidays just great!!] and John!!! Haven’t a clue what ‘Accent’ is and I’m just ornery enough to use ‘real’ garlic, but otherwise thank you SO much for the post :) !

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 1, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Nami, is there a cuisine that you can’t master? :P They look fantastic!!:D

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 1, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Mmmm.. those smoked baby back ribs got me drooling… Big time :D

    So glad you posted the step by step photos. The process looks so fun!

  • Reem | Simply Reem August 1, 2012, 9:57 pm

    OK so here is the thing, I am ur friend and John is ur friend so technically I am John’s friend too…
    So next time he is making this I am on my way… ;-)
    Man this looks really good.

  • Andrea August 1, 2012, 11:28 pm

    Nami, what a fantastic post – I love the way you describe these delicious looking ribs and I love the pictures. I only grill (hubby gave me a Weber for my birthday a few years ago) and have never used a smoker before but I have heard so many people rave about smoking. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and the step-be-step description of the recipe!

    Enjoy your vacation! Looking forward to your next post!

  • amy @ uTryIt August 2, 2012, 1:52 am

    These ribs really look succulent and finger licking good. I have a smoker that’s build-in with the gas grill. But I haven’t use it yet and I have a feeling it might not work with this recipe….but I’m dying to try. Plus, I think the charcoal flavor is better than the gas grill ones.

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) August 2, 2012, 4:55 am

    Those ribs were prepared with a lot of love. It is wonderful to have such close friends.

  • Hotly Spiced August 2, 2012, 5:17 am

    That is very impressive Nami. I have only had ribs a few times as they’re not that common here in Australia but when I have had them, I’ve loved them. But this smoking recipe looks incredible and I would love to try it if only I could get my hands on a smoker! I love the story of John and how he has been a friend of your husband’s for such a long period of time and now how you are all friends as are your children. Great story. Enjoy your vacation Nami xx

  • Adora's Box August 2, 2012, 5:47 am

    Keeping good friends and recipes are just precious. They are irreplaceable treasures. Once again drooling at your food. Ribs, another one of my faves. My, doesn’t that just look delicious!Where can I find John? Running out of space for tattoos now.
    P.S. Sorry for being MIA. Rather swamped with things:)

  • Sissi August 2, 2012, 6:43 am

    Ribs are my favourite pork cut and these look fabulous. You are lucky to have such a skilled and generous friend. Great step-by-step photos! I wish I had a smoker (but then I would have to move out of the city which is out of question!). Have lovely holidays!

  • mycookinghut August 2, 2012, 6:55 am

    Looks absolutely delicious!

  • Jenn and Seth August 2, 2012, 6:57 am

    oh my god those look sooooo soooo good! yum!

  • Denise Browning August 2, 2012, 7:50 am

    I am salivating, Nami! Thanks to John for sharing this wonderful recipe. You guys rock!!!

  • mjskit August 2, 2012, 10:04 am

    Bobby loves to smoke meats so I’m sending him this link! He has never smoked baby backs before and we both love them, so this might inspire him to do it. :) I would definitely make a meal out of these. To heck with the sides!

  • Sook August 2, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Nami, this looks so good! I love smoky flavors in ribs. Yummy! Also congrats on losing 5 lbs! That’s awesome! I’m still stuck at the same weight! I’m trying to lose 5 lbs this month. Wish me luck! ;)

  • Evelyne August 2, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Not sure I ever plan on getting a smoker but I love seeing recipes using them. These ribs look just divine.

  • Liz August 2, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I would crash John’s party, too, any time this fantastic ribs were being served! What a marvelous treat…thanks for sharing John’s technique with us, Nami!!!

  • Marina@Picnic at Marina August 2, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Hi Nami, have a great vacations! Those ribs do looks great! Can I have one, please? :)

  • Sophia August 2, 2012, 9:11 pm

    I have to admit, I’ve never been enamored with ribs, but yours look gorgeous, Nami! I love the glistening glaze…It’s all about the glaze for ribs!

  • anna August 2, 2012, 10:01 pm

    oh there is nothing like barbecue ribs in the summer time! i haven’t had nearly enough BBQ this year…

  • Michelle August 3, 2012, 2:45 am

    awesome looking!

  • love2dine August 3, 2012, 5:46 am

    I can just imagine this combination of flavours being so good.

  • rebecca August 3, 2012, 6:54 am

    wow they look divine

  • The Squishy Monster August 3, 2012, 9:21 am

    Ah, now you’ve got me craving ribs!! These look fabulous, my friend!

    Wishing you a happy weekend =D

  • michele @ i-heart-baking August 3, 2012, 10:02 am

    omg, as soon as i saw the first picture, my mouth instantly started watering! those ribs look so delicious!!!

  • Velva August 3, 2012, 3:56 pm

    My dad makes a killer smoked rib recipe! This looks killer too. Love, love ribs.

    Thanks for sharing your good friend John’s recipe.


  • ChopinandMysaucepan August 3, 2012, 4:57 pm

    Dear Nami,

    I have always enjoyed BBQ pork ribs but smoked ribs would have so much awesome flavours and aromas especially after 3 hours of smoking! Wonderful recipe from John and I also read about the BRITU recipe too. Happy holidays!

  • Terra August 3, 2012, 6:38 pm

    Oh you so need to buy a smoker, you will be so happy you did! My hubby has become an addict with smoking meat, LOL! I am so excited you shared your friend John’s smoked ribs, my hubby will love this recipe:-) Have a lovely vacation! Hugs, Terra

  • Kristy August 3, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Oh these just look out of this world! I’m going to have to have Mike try this recipe out sometime too. I can’t ever get enough ribs in the summer. :) Enjoy your vacation Nami!

  • gloria August 3, 2012, 8:12 pm

    These look awesome:))
    hey when you can come to my blog I have a giveaway!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce August 3, 2012, 8:16 pm

    This recipe is so wonderful. I love ribs and my husband loves to cook in what we named here “barril”. He is on a business trip, coming back on Monday, so I will save this recipe for him, I’m sure he will enjoy it.

  • Lyndsey @ The Tiny Skillet August 3, 2012, 9:22 pm

    What a great post, and how nice to have a friend since school and you all being such good friends now. I love seeing how other’s smoke their ribs and what a treat getting his recipe. I have that same smoker/grill and I love it…it is actually my second one after I wore out the first one. It’s great to smoke fish and garlic too! I must admit I was so impressed when I read the title and thought you smoked your own ribs! ;)

  • Suzanne perazzini August 4, 2012, 3:59 am

    Nami, I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on my blog because Just One Cookbook is one of my favourites. If you wish to pick up the award, please come visit my blog.

  • Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today? August 4, 2012, 6:09 am

    It’s definitely not an easy task to make good ribs. Yours look great! I need to organize a BBQ party, I feel that I really need it.

  • Kristina August 4, 2012, 7:32 am

    I don’t eat a lot of red meat anymore, but if someone puts ribs on the table I am all over it!! Craving a bbq now….these look awesome!

  • PolaM August 4, 2012, 7:45 am

    Those look good! I’d love to try them!

  • Malou | Skip to Malou August 4, 2012, 3:08 pm

    have you heard of a green egg? my friend has that and it smokes so good too. Too bad i don’t have a smoker. But i’m consoled with the fact that I live in STL where smoke bbq ribs is just around the block where i live.
    happy vacay!

  • Charles August 4, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Is there space for me at the next smoked ribs party too? I’ll need to figure out how to get over there from France, but I’m sure I could make it! I have no smoker (nor a garden in which to smoke) so I’ll have to look and drool unfortunately – they look fantastic!

  • nipponnin August 4, 2012, 8:50 pm

    すご~い!お上品には食べられないけれど、リブって美味しいよね。いっぱいナプキンを用意して、たくさん食べた~い!Tell him that I want to be included in the next gathering.

  • Priscilla@ShesCookin August 4, 2012, 9:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing John’s recipe and method, Nami! Making perfect smoked ribs is definitely an art. We don’t have a smoker, maybe one day… Meanwhile I’ll just drool over these :) Hope you’re having a fab vaca!

  • Parsley Sage August 5, 2012, 7:39 am

    Great seeing a non-blogger up here! And with such an outstanding recipe! I wish I GOT invited over for these awesome ribs ;)

  • Kristi Rimkus August 5, 2012, 9:02 am

    My husband makes a mean rib. I’ll have to give him this recipe to shake things up a bit!

  • Sylvia August 5, 2012, 1:38 pm

    I’m so jeolous! How I wish I could have a taste of these delicious looking ribs too!

  • Anne@FromMySweetHeart August 5, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Hi Nami! I don’t own a smoker but I really love ribs! And these look just sensational! : )

  • Suzanne August 5, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Nami, thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe from your friend John. My husband loves to use the smoker for meats and he just got a new one for Father’s Day. Ribs have always been a bit of a mystery to us on how to get them just right. He will be trying these very soon, and you know buying a smoker doesn’t mean just ribs tell your husband we smoke out Thanksgiving turkey every year, so yes get one!

  • Katherine Martinelli August 5, 2012, 8:23 pm

    Wow these look amazing! And I love “meeting” John and hearing about your friendships.

  • Alyssa August 5, 2012, 8:33 pm

    When we lived in Florida, we had a smoker and my husband used to want to smoke EVERYTHING. But my favorite was always ribs too. These look perfectly saucy, juicy and tender. YUM! Totally perfect with the beer you have in the pictures :)

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 6, 2012, 12:40 am

    With our weather, Nami, I am probably never going to own a smoker. The Bbq hasn’t seen the light of day for about three years. Brrrrrr. Definitely giving these ribs a try in the oven though. Hope you are enjoying your vacation.

  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats August 6, 2012, 2:06 am

    I feel like I have gone to heaven (metaphorically speaking) and came back to earth. The best place I had ribs was about 3 years back in Hurricanes, near Cockle Bay Wharf-Sydney. That wonderful smokey, juicy succulent tender ribs, oh! those mouth watering ribs.. was so good that it would be my 1st to go to place once I make a trip back down to OZ. Well, we don’t have a smoker, but we do have a huge grill on the patio waiting for me to show some love. Hopefully it’ll taste as good eh? Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, and I can relate to you and your extended family. I am friends with my parents close friends kids too.. It’s like a cycle, generations after generations. Till then!! xoxo, Jo

  • Cucina49 August 6, 2012, 10:24 am

    We sadly don’t own a smoker, but what a great tutorial and detailed photos. I can only imagine how good these must taste.

  • Juliana August 6, 2012, 5:19 pm

    Wow, the ribs sure look great…and I can only imagine the taste of the ribs…absolutely perfect!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and hope you are enjoying your vacation Nami :)

  • Tania @ A Perfect Pantry August 6, 2012, 7:20 pm

    These look divine.. just last week hubby asked me to make him BBQ ribs… am going to use your recipe. Thanks.

  • Shirley August 6, 2012, 7:42 pm

    Beautiful golden color on these, and I’m trying to imagine how good they must taste. I vetoed a smoker for our home too — we just have so much stuff, and so many cold and snowy months when it wouldn’t go into use. You’re lucky to have a friend who will make them!

  • Lucy @ Lucy eats August 7, 2012, 2:02 am

    Oh my, what tasty looking ribs! I was drooling the whole time I was reading, Nami! If I were you, I would be at John’s house every week for some of those delicious ribs. Yum!

  • jack August 7, 2012, 2:18 am

    Oh Nami, John’s ribs look sooo tasty! I’ve been curious about bbq smokers for a long time because you just don’t see these in Australia – the standard here is just a normal bbq. I’d love to do a makeshift smoker if I ever have my own back yard one day! You are so lucky to have a friend who makes these ribs! :)

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles August 7, 2012, 7:20 am

    Nami, these ribs look positively succulent! We enjoy ribs and I like learning about different preparation methods and ingredient choices. I don’t have a water smoker but I’m very tempted to get one after viewing this post!!

  • FiSh August 7, 2012, 7:21 am

    i love your very detailed explanation here :) it tempted me to try on some too!

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  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 7, 2012, 8:12 am

    It’s been a few days and I’m still thinking about these ribs. Glad to see they’re so popular and rightfully so! Like I said on FB, now I think I need a smoker. :)

  • Jill @ MadaboutMacarons August 7, 2012, 8:17 am

    Nami and John,
    This looks incredible and I’ve been trying to sniff this from my screen, so much the description is making me drool. We don’t have a smoker but boy, now wish we do! Takes ribs to another world.

  • kita August 7, 2012, 12:31 pm

    I can’t believe your husband said no! That makes this meatatarian sad. ;) These ribs look perfect and the recipe sounds amazing.

  • Holly | Beyond Kimchee August 7, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Wow, that is one good looking rib. You are lucky to have a wonderful BBQ loving friend. I can tell how delicious it could be just looking at the picture and reading the recipe.

  • Kate August 7, 2012, 6:35 pm

    I know I already commented but, I wanted tolet you know that I made these and my boys husband included) RAVED about them endlessly. Being a vegetarian, I pride myself on being able to cook meat without tasting it (very difficult to find trustworthy recipes). Apparently this recipe is perfect. Nicely done! A definite keeper.

    • Nami August 11, 2012, 1:27 am

      Hi Kate! Thank you for trying this recipe!!! I’m glad to hear your husband and your sons enjoyed this. Thanks for your kind feedback. :-)

  • Kankana August 7, 2012, 7:15 pm

    Nami .. just like you, I never had ribs before coming to US and now it’s my fav meat dish :)

  • kyleen August 7, 2012, 7:34 pm

    Oh… my… goodness… All that meeeaty goodness! These smoked baby back ribs look so freaking amazing. I wish I could just reach into the computer screen and grab one. And all the step-by-step pictures are so helpful. Amazing post!

  • Katerina August 8, 2012, 12:52 pm

    That’s waht good friends are for isn’t it? To show us new and tasty things. Beautiful ribs but the friendship is even more important!

  • Yi @ Yi Resevation August 8, 2012, 8:32 pm

    wow these smoked ribs look absolutely delicious. I love ribs but rarely make racks like these at home. Sigh~ living in an apartment means I will have no place for a smoker but I am saving the recipe for future reference in case I move to a house :) Thanks for sharing it!

  • Divya August 9, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Would you believe it if I told you that I’ve only had ribs once? It wasn’t the best experience because they were too dry, so I never tried them again. But these ribs looks so juicy and delicious. Maybe it’s time to try ribs again!

  • Sammie August 11, 2012, 10:51 am

    omg Nami!! These ribs look sooo amazing!! I’ve never actually made them before. I should try this recipe while there’s still sun! haha..

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 12, 2012, 8:47 am

    Hi Nami,

    I love that they have been friends all this time, and now you are all family. So sweet:) The ribs look so delicious! I think well worth the work and wait.

    Hope you are enjoying your holidays:)

  • Dara August 14, 2012, 8:19 am

    These are fantastic! Really good ribs are so hard to find. I wish I had a smoker. Thanks for sharing the step by steps!

  • Patty August 14, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Oh my dear these look gorgeous!! You’ve ruined me for other meat!

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    Great, easy to follow, step by step guide. Thanks! I love smoked baby ribs, and my wife loves them as well :)

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