Texas BBQ Ribs

READY IN: 6hrs 30mins
Recipe by riffraff

This recipe won 1st place in the 1996 Chilsolm Trail Roundup BBQ cookoff in Fort Worth, Texas. I usually use pork ribs but this works well for beef ribs too.. Baby backs really do not benefit from this cooking method.

Top Review by pcar773

Excellent recipe. Sweet, smoky, spicy. Everything you could want with ribs. Authentic to boot! (Ft. Worth, TX). Great in the oven too. I modified it slightly as I think there is an error in printing. I might be wrong though. 11 ounces of chili powder completely overpowers the rub. Bring it down to 2 - 5 Tbl and it's purrrrfect. I also prefer to smoke for just a little while longer at a lower temp. 225 - 250. Make sure you don't place the ribs over the direct flame or they'll get dry. Another note, learn how to dress the meat otherwise you'll be operating at a disadvantage. BBQ isn't rocket science, but it does take effort. GREAT RECIPE!!! Thanks riffraff.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare barbeque smoker with hickory or pecan wood.
  2. If you use briquets and woodchips, soak the chips in water.
  3. Rub ribs with dry rub and let set for one hour before starting to smoke.
  4. Smoke ribs slowly over indirect heat, 250 to 275 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Wrap ribs in foil, cover meat generously with brown sugar and honey.
  6. Cook meat till rib bone twists and pulls freely out, about 2 1/2 to 3 more hours.

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