Spicy Smoked Ribs Recipe

If you’re like me and like your ribs with a little kick, you’re gonna love this spicy smoked ribs recipe. I’m using my new Killer Hogs Hot BBQ Rub that I’ve been working on for a while, and I finally got it right. It has the same color as our Killer Hog rub, but instead of being sweet, it has a savory, spicy kick.

I started with a couple slabs of Compart Duroc St. Louis Cut Spare Ribs. You could use loin back ribs if you want but I like the meaty, spare rib for eating.

You’ll want to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs first, then rinse them under cool water to wash off any bone fragments from processing. Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel, and let them sit on the counter for a few minutes to air dry.

spicy smoked ribs

I’m not using mustard or any type of binder on these ribs. They’re getting a medium coat of my new Killer Hogs Hot BBQ Rub and that’s it. I let them sit for 2 hours in the fridge kind of a dry brine.

For these spicy smoked ribs I’m using my Big Green Egg set up with the deflector plate. As always you can cook them on any grill or smoker set up for indirect cooking. The smoking temperature needs to be running in the 250⁰ range for this cook. I use Lump coal in the Egg with a several chunks of Pecan wood (or your personal favorite) scattered around for smoke.

spicy smoked ribs

Place the ribs on the cooking grate and close the lid. After 45 minutes of smoke, I start spritzing them with plain water. It’s just for a little extra moisture since we’re cooking with dry heat; also layer on a little dust of rub if they look like they need it.

Continue to cook the spicy smoked ribs spritzing as needed for 2 ½ -3 hours. I typically flip the ribs over once during the smoke process so they’ll have even color on both sides.

spicy smoked ribs

For wrapping you’ll need some Heavy Duty aluminum foil. Tear off a couple sheets long enough to cover the ribs. Place each slab on a sheet meat side up first. Spritz with water, dust a little rub on the meat side, and flip the slab over (meat down, centered in the foil). The bone side gets a spritz, more rub, and 2 Tablespoons of Tiger Sauce (it’s a spicy flavored cayenne pepper sauce you can find in most super markets).

Bring the foil up around the ribs and pour in about 3oz of Apple Juice for added moisture. Close the foil tight and crimp the ends so nothing can leak out. Place the ribs back on the smoker for 1-2 hours or until tender.

I always check the tenderness after 1 hour of cooking in the wrap. Tenderness can be a little subjective. In contest we want a rib that’s tender enough to get a clean bite but doesn’t fall apart; but some people like ribs that almost fall off the bone. I’m somewhere in the middle. I want the ribs to be juicy and soft; that’s a perfect eating rib in my book.

spicy smoked ribs

These spicy smoked ribs were just right at just over an hour, so off they go for the all-important rest. Just let them sit out on the counter for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to vent the foil so steam can escape. This step lets the ribs cool off, making them easier to handle; plus it gives them a chance to tighten up just a little. *remember this if you accidentally take the ribs over a little.

At this point these ribs are ready to eat. I like them dusted with just a touch more of rub. If you want them wet, go ahead and slather on your favorite sauce and place them back on the pit for a few minutes.

spicy smoked ribs

They’re perfect cut into 1 bone pieces; I promise, you can eat a whole slab of these ribs! The flavor is bold and the spice is just right!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Malcom Reed
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I am Malcom Reed and my brother, Waylon, and I are the Killer Hogs competition bbq team. Here at HowtoBBQright.com, I want to give you my secrets, methods and techniques you need to produce competition-quality BBQ. I want to give enough detail for BBQ novices, but still offer information that is useful for the professional BBQ cooks. I only focus on REAL bbq. And I take it seriously.

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