Smoked Ribs

4 from 3 votes

Smoked Ribs

The easiest, foolproof way to get tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs.
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes


  • Z Grills Pellet Smoker
  • Z Grills Hickory Wood Pellets



  • Prep your ribs. Remove the membrane, which is a thick plastic-like skin over the bony part of the ribs. Removing this allows the smoke to penetrate the meat better.
  • Apply seasoning. Rub the ribs with some peanut oil, then apply an all-purpose seasoning blend as a base which consists of salt, pepper, and garlic. Then hit them with a BBQ.
  • Place your ribs onto your smoker with bone side down and smoke for 2 hours at 235°F. Every 45-1 hr., spritz them with an apple cider vinegar water mix to maintain moisture.
  • After 2 hours, remove ribs from the smoker. Place ribs on some tin foil and apply some honey butter and brown sugar to the top first. Flip ribs over and apply more honey butter and brown sugar. Wrap up the ribs with the tinfoil, making sure not to puncture the foil. Return ribs to the grill meat side down. Smoke for another 2 hours at 235°F.
  • Once 2hrs is over, remove the ribs from the smoker and check tenderness. When removing from the smoker, your ribs should have a nice flex, so be careful while transferring them. You want to see some good pullback on the bones. You are good to go if you can pull and wiggle the bones and seem loose but will not separate. If you do not see this, you may need to return to the grill and cook for a bit longer, checking periodically.
  • Once tender, apply your favorite BBQ sauce. Remove the ribs from the tin foil and apply BBQ sauce top to bottom. Return ribs to the smoker for 1hr. At 235°F or until the BBQ sauce has thickened up and become tacky.
  • Remove ribs from the smoker and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Slice and enjoy!


Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork, Smoked

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  1. Ron Myers says:

    No 235 degrees setting on my Z 700 E I guess I can’t use this recipe.

  2. Douglas Williams says:

    For the Ribs can you use another oil other than peanut oil, as some people can not eat peanut products

    1. Tayseer Suleiman says:

      You may use sesame oil, Best an extra virgin olive oil or cotton oil

  3. Edward J Matthews, Jr. says:

    4 stars
    My Z-Grill 1000 does not have a 235* setting….

  4. Jim Wardein says:

    What does “Then hit them with a BBQ” mean?

  5. Jaq Fernandez says:

    5 stars
    My grill doesn’t have the 235 setting either but I used 225. Every now and then I cranked it to 250 to raise the temp but brought it back down. Still turned out fantastic. I used olive oil instead of peanut oil. Made a home made rub. I only used this recipe for timing and temp.

  6. Ronnie Gregory says:

    3 stars
    Would’ve given it 5 stars if my smoker had a 235 temp. Anyways, turned out great. I just used 250 at first then 225 while wrapped and then 250 when sauce went on. Only did 30 mins for final part of cook.

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