Smoked Chipotle BBQ Ribs Recipe

Get ready for a mouthwatering journey into the world of barbecue bliss with our Smoked Chipotle BBQ Ribs recipe. Tender, succulent ribs first kissed by the smoky embrace of chipotle and secondly slathered in a rich, smoldering barbecue sauce. Arguably, this dish is the epitome of indulgence. So, here’s how to craft this unforgettable culinary experience.


several racks of uncooked ribs

The Ingredients

  • 2 racks of pork ribs
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your heat preference)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

a close up shot of some perfectly seasoned BBQ sauce

The Chipotle BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced (adjust for heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Wood chips for smoking (hickory or mesquite work well)

a green pellet grill

The Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly to create a dry rub.
  • Pat the racks of pork ribs dry with paper towels.
  • Generously rub the dry rub mixture onto both sides of the ribs, ensuring even coverage.
  • Wrap the seasoned ribs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Preheat your smoker to a temperature of around 225°F, using your choice of wood chips for that authentic smoky flavor.
  • Place the seasoned ribs on the smoker grates, bone side down.
  • Smoke the ribs for approximately 4-6 hours, or until they achieve a beautiful smoky bark and the meat is tender and has pulled away from the bones.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • While the ribs are smoking, combine all the chipotle BBQ sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • During the last 30 minutes of smoking, brush the smoked chipotle BBQ sauce generously onto both sides of the ribs, allowing it to caramelize and create a sticky, flavorful crust.
  • Once the ribs are done and the sauce is beautifully caramelized, remove them from the smoker.
  • Slice the ribs between the bones and serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping.


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Thus, these Smoked Chipotle BBQ Ribs are a flavor-packed journey that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight. Notably, the smoky aroma, the sweet and spicy chipotle sauce, and the tender, juicy ribs make this recipe a true barbecue masterpiece. So, gather your family and friends, fire up the smoker, and get ready for a finger-licking good time!

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