low and slow smoked ribs on a cutting board
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Low and Slow BBQ Ribs: Traditional Ribs with

Simple recipe for traditional low and smoked pork ribs.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue, Party Food
Keyword: Low and Slow Ribs
Servings: 3 people



  • Start by rinsing your ribs under cold water and patting dry with a paper towel. Trim down any excess fat and remove the thin membrane on the back of the ribs.
  • Season liberally with the "secret" sweet rub and prepare your grill for indirect grilling. The target temperature on your grill is 225 degrees F. Use fruit woods like apple, peach, cherry, or hardwoods like hickory or oak.
  • In a small saucepan combine the butter and apple cider. Place on your grill alongside the ribs. Close the lid and cook for an hour and a half without opening the lid.
  • After the ribs have cooked for an hour and a half, baste liberally with the apple cider mixture. Close the lid and continue to cook for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 more hours, basting the ribs every 45 minutes to an hour with the cider mixture.
  • If desired, coat the ribs with desired BBQ sauce and return to the grill for an additional 30 minutes to set your sauce. Allow the ribs to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.