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The Best Fall-off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, grilled, meats, ribs, smoked meats, traeger


  • 1-3 Racks Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • Mustard
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Apple Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Start smoker on 225 degrees F. I used a Traeger Timberline 1300
  2. Trim all ribs of any excess fat.
  3. Remove membrane using a paper towel from back of rib rack (this allows more flavor throughout the ribs)
  4. Cover with light layer of mustard
  5. Sprinkle racks generously with rub on both sides
  6. Place ribs directly on smoker and smoke, spritzing with apple juice every 30 minutes, until internal temp reads 160 degrees F. I use my Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 for this step.
  7. Lay ribs upside down on foil
  8. Add brown sugar (LOTS!), butter, honey, apple juice and a dash of apple cider vinegar
  9. Double wrap in foil and place back in smoker and cook at 225 until internal temp reads 204 degrees F.
  10. Remove from foil (watch out for steam!) and if desired, sauce ribs generously and return to smoker for an additional 30 minutes or until sauce tightens.
  11. Slice between rib bones and serve

Recipe Notes

Tools Used: Traeger Timberline 1300 

Thermoworks Thermapen MK4

Heavy Duty Tin Foil