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Stack of maple bourbon ribs on a wooden cutting board.
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Maple Bourbon Smoked Ribs

Maple Bourbon Smoked Ribs are a delectable dinner that are simply bursting with flavor. They're slow smoked, wrapped in Reynolds Wrap Foil, braised with a maple bourbon marinade, and glazed with a sinful maple bourbon glaze.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maple Bourbon Smoked Ribs
Servings: 4
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


Foiling Liquid

  • ½ cup bourbon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 8 Tablespoons butter


  • Preheat. Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • Prep and season. Remove the membrane from the ribs and season on both sides with Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub (you can buy this from the Hey Grill Hey Store, or make your own using the recipe linked in the notes section below).
  • Smoke. Place the seasoned ribs on the smoker and close the lid. Smoke the ribs for 3 hours.
  • Prepare the braise. Lay out two sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil side by side on a large work surface. Put 2 Tablespoons of butter on each sheet of foil. Sprinkle each with 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • Make the braise. Remove the ribs from the smoker, and place them meat side down onto the butter and brown sugar. Fold up all 4 sides of the foil without crimping to create a bowl (this is going to hold in the foiling liquid). Pour the maple syrup, bourbon, and remaining butter onto the ribs.
  • Seal and continue smoking. Bring together the long sides of the foil so the ends meet over the food. Fold the foil together and then roll until the foil is tight against the ribs. Double-fold the two short ends to completely seal the ribs in the foil. Place them back on the smoker and continue to smoke for 2 more hours.
  • Glaze. Remove the ribs from the foil. Return them to the smoker and baste them with the Maple Bourbon Grilling Glaze. Close the lid and smoke for additional 30-60 minutes or until the sauce is set and the ribs are tender.
  • Rest and serve. Remove the ribs from the smoker and rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Sweet Rub

Rib Rub

Maple Bourbon Grilling Glaze


Calories: 875kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 760mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.4mg