McLemore Boys

Traditional Smoked Pork Ribs

Serves: 6 people
Cook Time: 6+ hours


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Traditional Smoked Pork Ribs Recipe

Using a Masterbuilt grill, this recipe brings out the rich, smoky flavor of pork ribs, slow-cooked to perfection. The McLemore Boys, known for their expertise in BBQ, have perfected this method to ensure every bite is tender, juicy, and packed with authentic smoky goodness.

Low and slow smoking is the secret to achieving ribs that are truly mouthwatering. This method allows the ribs to cook evenly, breaking down the tough connective tissues and rendering the fat, resulting in meat that is incredibly tender and falls off the bone. The prolonged exposure to low heat ensures that the smoky flavor penetrates deeply into the meat, creating a depth of taste that is simply unparalleled. By taking your time and letting the ribs slowly absorb the smoke, you ensure that each bite is infused with a rich, smoky aroma and a complex, savory profile that fast cooking methods simply can't replicate. This patient approach to smoking ribs is what transforms a simple cut of meat into a culinary delight, making it well worth the wait.

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Whether you're a seasoned pitmaster or a grilling novice, this smoked ribs recipe will guide you through the process, promising a mouthwatering result that will make you the star of any cookout.


  1. 01

    Set a grill/smoker to 200°F and add the wood chunks

  2. 02

    Prep the ribs by pulling the membrane off the back side. Season the ribs liberally with BBQ rub. Pro Tip: To start peeling the membrane from the ribs, use a butter knife and wedge it right in the middle of the rack and once you’ve got it started, grip the membrane with a paper towel and remove it. The membrane will be too slippery to pull off the rack with just your fingers.


  4. 03

    Place them on the middle rack in the grill/smoker. For easy cleanup, place an aluminum pan below the ribs to catch the drippings. Smoke for 3 hours, spritzing with apple juice every 30 minutes.


  6. 04

    Remove the ribs and place on sheet of aluminum foil. Coat with BBQ sauce and double wrap with foil.


  8. 05

    Place the ribs back on the middle rack and smoke for 2 hours.


  10. 06

    Remove the ribs from the grill and turn the grill up to 300°F. Unwrap the foil, place the ribs in a pan, and coat again with BBQ sauce.

  11. 07

    Return the ribs to the grill and cook for 1 hour more to caramelize the BBQ sauce.

  12. 08

    Serve and enjoy! 



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