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Smoked Pork Ribs on the Weber Kettle

Super simple backyard barbecue ribs on the Weber Kettle
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby back ribs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes


  • Weber Kettle
  • Charcoal lump or briquettes
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Basting brush


  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt Morton's
  • 1 Tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cracked peppercorns
  • 1/2 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 Cup Your favorite BBQ Sauce


  • Prepare your ribs by removing the membrane, small bones, flap, and scraggly pieces.
  • Apply dry rub to bone side and meat side of the ribs.
    1 Tbsp Kosher salt, 1 Tbsp Dark brown sugar, 1/2 Tbsp Cracked peppercorns, 1/2 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • Get your Weber Kettle to 250F for smoking.
  • Once at 250F, place your ribs in the cool zone - opposite of your fire. Add a chunk of your favorite hardwood; I used a chunk of cherry for the first hour.
  • Every hour or so, add another chunk of hardwood. The second hour I added a chunk of Pecan.
  • Allow the ribs to come up to around 175F - 180F internal.
  • Once they reach around this temperature, you can wrap with aluminum foil.
  • You can use any number of ingredients in your aluminum foil wrap. I prefer to spritz with a small amount of water. Once wrapped, return to your weber kettle meat side down.
  • When wrapped with aluminum foil, it will only take 30-45 minutes for the ribs to reach tenderness.
  • After 30 minutes, use the bend test to see if the ribs are tender. Pick the ribs up at the 5th bone with a pair of tongs. When tender, the ribs should bend at a 45 degree angle.
    Combine this with the tear test to see if the meat pulls cleanly away from the bone.
    Ribs typically finish at around 195-205F internal.
  • Allow the ribs to rest on the counter for 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature is between 145 - 165F. During this time, put your barbecue sauce on your ribs. You can also "paint" the sauce on with a basting brush.
    1/4 Cup Your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Once rested, slice between the bones and enjoy!