Baby Back Ribs Without a Smoker

Carolyn Haas


Authentic Barbecue is traditionally cooked in a pit or in a smoker for many hours. If you have neither the equipment or the time, try this brining method for a tasty alternative. I couldn't believe how easy it is!


★★★★★ 1 vote

40 Min
10 Min


  • 3 lb
    baby back ribs
  • 6 qt
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
  • 4 clove
  • ·
    dry rub seasoning of choice
  • ·
    salt and pepper
  • ·
    favorite barbecue sauce

How to Make Baby Back Ribs Without a Smoker


  1. Rinse ribs and remove fibrous material on back of ribs, if desired. Cut into 3 or 4 sections. Bring to boil in 6 qt. of water and simmer on low for about a half hour. Skim off scum if desired.
  2. Let stand to dry for about 5 minutes.
    Heat grill for direct heat.
  3. Brush ribs with olive oil.
    Sprinkle ribs with dry rub,salt and pepper.
  4. Brush hot grates with oil and grill meat. Turn a few times until charred in spots, about 5-10 minutes. Brush with BBQ sauce the last few minutes, or just serve at the table.

Printable Recipe Card

About Baby Back Ribs Without a Smoker

Course/Dish: Ribs
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern

Show 5 Comments & Reviews

17 Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes

17 Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes

These light and fresh dinner recipes are perfect for hot summer nights. Full of flavor and easy on your waistline, the entire family is going to love these healthy recipes. Salads, grilled chicken, salmon, and more make for delicious healthy meal options to make this summer.

20 Side Dishes That’ll Go Great With Grilled Meat

20 Side Dishes That’ll Go Great With Grilled Meat

The grill is heating up, chicken is marinating in the fridge, and burger patties are formed. Now what to serve alongside all the grilled goodness? We’ve put together 20 side dish recipes that will go great with grilled meat.

13 Flavorful Steak Recipes

13 Flavorful Steak Recipes

There’s nothing like cutting into a perfectly cooked steak. With these tried and true homemade steak recipes that are bursting with flavor and have proven cooking methods, you’re sure to have a winner. Simply add your favorite potato side dish and vegetable for a delicious steak dinner the entire family will love.