Get recipes in your inbox!Subscribe

Sweet & Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs

Site Index Ribs Wood smoker

This post may contain affiliate links. See my privacy policy for details.

There’s something special about cooking in the smoker that gets the tastebuds going. One of the most popular things to smoke in this household is ribs and these Sweet & Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs are a great example of a simple but delicious recipe anyone can make.

smoked ribs
Smoked Ribs

What you Need to Know to Make the Perfect Smoked Ribs

Using a smoker takes a bit of practice but for the most part, as long as you follow the “low and slow” rule of thumb and keep an eye on things, you shouldn’t have too difficult of a time. To get you started, here are a few things you need to consider when using your smoker to prepare smoked ribs. While I personally use a basic smoker with chips and chunks of wood as opposed to a pellet fed smoker, the same general rules apply.

  1. Use your water pan to keep the temperature in your smoker even. For pretty much everything, it’s best to aim for about 225 degrees when smoking, no matter the meat. The water pan has a large number of benefits which you can read more about here.
  2. To maximize the smoke, soak your wood chips for about 30 minutes before starting the smoker. Once you do start it, wait for the smoker to start producing smoke (usually 10 minutes or so) before adding the food.
  3. Keep your smoker out of windy areas if possible as the wind can play havoc with your temperatures. I have mine blocked between two sheds which keeps the wind from reaching it, for instance.
  4. Apply a rub or marinade a few hours (or longer) before smoking to let the marinade or rub seep in. You will typically get better flavour this way.
Sweet & Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs
Sweet & Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs

How long does it take to smoke ribs at 225 degrees?

Typically, you should expect to smoke your ribs for upwards of 6 hours. If you are using a marinade or basting the ribs, apply it every hour or so and you should end up with a delicious rack of smoked ribs when they are finished. I usually start mine around 10 am or so if I am planning to eat dinner around 4-5pm.

How do you know your when ribs are done?

Normally, if you smoke them for 6 hours or so, they should be fine but it’s important to always measure the internal temperature. I personally prefer to use a Thermapen (digital thermometer) to measure meat as it gives very accurate results and a faster reading (whereas using a standard thermometer can take some time and your smoker will be losing heat in the process. If you are in the US, you can use this safe internal temperature guide from the USDA to gauge the readiness of your food. The ribs should also fall apart easily when done, so gauge accordingly.

Basting ribs in the smoker with the sweet & smoky sauce
Basting ribs in the smoker with the sweet & smoky sauce

With this recipe, I recommend keeping some of the marinade aside so that you can use it to baste the ribs throughout the cooking process. Typically, I tend to do so once an hour or so but the timing isn’t finite so if you forget once or twice, it’s not a huge deal. I do recommend doing them as much as you can to keep the flavor up, however.

When the ribs are done, you should have something beautiful like the picture below. Our kids absolutely demolish smoked ribs so we tend to spend quite a bit of the summer (and something even winter) running the smoker to keep the ribs coming!

 Close up of the smoked ribs
Close up of the smoked ribs

IF you don’t have a smoker, these can also be done on the BBQ or in the oven, you just won’t get the smoked taste from the wood chips but the sauce is spectacular either way! If you are wanting to try a dry rub for ribs, try our Sweet & Smoky Dry Rub for Ribs.

Happy grilling!

Mike

Pin this to your BBQ/GRILLING Boards and Remember to FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST! 

These Sweet and Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs will have your mouth watering and your taste buds clamoring for more. This three ingredient recipe is super easy to make too! #ribs #BBQ #smoker #rib #grilling #smokerrecipe #woodsmoked #porkribs #picnic #summer

Learn to cook like the Kitchen Magpie

Sweet and Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs

These Sweet and Smoky Whisky Smoked Ribs will have your mouth watering and your taste buds clamoring for more. They are absolutely incredible and as a three ingredient recipe, super easy to make too!

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Total Time
6 hours 10 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
American
Servings
6
Calories
3049
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 rack baby back ribs

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup BBq sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple whiskey ( Jim Beam) sub in apple juice if wanted

Instructions

  1. Add marinade to ribs, keeping a small amount aside for basting and place ribs in a plastic bag to marinade for a few hours in the fridge before smoking.

  2. Fill up and add water pan to smoker.

  3. Soak wood chips (we used hickory) in water for 30 minutes, then add to smoker.

  4. Start smoker and raise temperature to 225 degrees.

  5. Wait for smoke to start and then add ribs.

  6. Using remaining marinade, baste ribs hourly. The smoke will run out as the chips will burn completely, do not add more. You simply need to smoke it at the beginning and then let them cook for a long time. 

  7. Smoke at 225 for up to 6 hours and cooked to a safe temperature. ( 165 °F ) The ribs will reach this temperature early on, to get fall-off-the-bone meat you have to cook them longer and allow the meat fibers to dissolve further.

Recipe Notes

Make sure that you allow extra time for smoking if needed and remember, low and slow is the trick to great ribs!

To cook these in the oven, just use the marinade and baste them the same. Cook them low and slow in the oven as well at 225 - 250 °F

Nutrition Information

Calories: 3049kcal, Carbohydrates: 83g, Protein: 263g, Fat: 161g, Saturated Fat: 32g, Cholesterol: 1006mg, Sodium: 1606mg, Potassium: 4563mg, Sugar: 77g, Vitamin A: 270IU, Calcium: 369mg, Iron: 12.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

Made this recipe?

Share a photo of what you made on Instagram or Facebook and tag me @thekitchenmagpie or hashtag it #thekitchenmagpie.

Please rate this recipe in the comments below to help out your fellow cooks!

Save Your Favorite Recipes!
Create an account and save recipes

Mr. Kitchen Magpie

Hey everyone! I'm Mike (Mr. Kitchen Magpie). When I'm not sharing cocktail recipes here and on my Instagram (@mrkitchenmagpie), I'm enjoying a nice bottle of scotch in a vintage glass from my barware collection.

Learn more about me

Site Index Ribs Wood smoker

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment or Recipe Tip

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.