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Apricot Maple Glazed Applewood Smoked Ribs

Smoked ribs cooked low and slow! Tangy rub and fruity glaze combine beautifully with the delicate flavor of applewood smoke.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course: GRILLING, Pork
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork,, Smoked Ribs
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 293kcal


  • 2 2.5 lb baby back ribs about 4-5 lbs total
  • 8 cups apple wood chips*


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup -OR- high-quality pancake syrup
  • 1 tbsp thick sweet BBQ sauce (like Sweet Baby Ray’s)


  • *Amount I used with my method for smoking in a gas grill. If you use a commercial smoker, follow the directions for the amount of wood.
  • Rinse ribs; remove silver skin on the bone side (this prevents ribs from curling). Pat dry with paper towels & set aside.
  • Mix all rub ingredients in a small bowl. Rub into both sides of the ribs, rubbing in well. Place ribs in a large zipper storage bag and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Prepare grill or smoker for smoking. Depending on temperature, it will take between 3-4 hours for ribs to be done. For how I do it, follow the steps on How To Smoke In A Gas Grill. Mine took 3 1/2 hours.
  • Mix the glaze ingredients. Brush liberally over ribs during last hour of cooking.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg