Hillbilly Heaven Apple Cider Ribs

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These ribs are awesome. If you have a smoker then try these. They are on the sweet side but you will not want any BBQ sauce with these and they are fall off the bone. The rub can be used on ham or any type of pork on the smoker. If you dont have apple cider then apple juice will work just as well.


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45 Min
7 Hr


  • 1/8 c
  • 1/8 c
    black pepper
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 c
    dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tbsp
    granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    onion powder
  • 1 to 3
    racks of pork ribs
  • 1 to 3 c
    apple cider
  • ·
    butter, softened
  • ·
    dark brown sugar

How to Make Hillbilly Heaven Apple Cider Ribs


  1. Start your smoker. We use pecan wood for the best flavor for these ribs. Get your smoker to around 250 degrees to 275 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix the first 6 ingredients. Take ribs and remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs or they will be tough and the seasoning will not get all the way through your meat. Rub seasoning all over both sides of ribs and place in fridge for about 1 to 2 hours or while your smoker is getting hot.
  3. Cook ribs on smoker meat side up for around 2 to 3 hours or until meat starts pulling away from the bones. Maintain your smoker temp. between 250 - 275 degrees.
  4. Take one rack of ribs and place on enough heavy duty foil to wrap with out the bones going through and fold up the sides since you will be adding liquids to this and you will have lots of juice.
  5. Be real careful since ribs will be hot. Rub both sides of first rack with butter, then with brown sugar, then pour 1 cup of apple cider and close foil tightly. Place back on smoker and repeat with remaiming racks of ribs. Cook 2 to 3 more hours.

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About Hillbilly Heaven Apple Cider Ribs

Course/Dish: Pork, Ribs
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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