Smoked Honey BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Smoked pork ribs with a savory rub and honey barbeque sauce with a smoky, sweet, and tangy flavor.

These smoked honey BBQ baby back ribs are a perfect combination of smoky, sweet, and tangy flavors. The seasoning rub adds a kick of heat with chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, and cayenne. The honey BBQ sauce is the perfect finishing touch, bringing a blend of sweet honey, tangy red wine vinegar, and savory Worcestershire sauce, with a hint of smokiness and a touch of heat from the hot pepper sauce. The ribs are tender and juicy, and the flavors are perfectly balanced. This recipe is sure to become a favorite for any BBQ lover.


  • Rack of baby back or St. Louis style pork ribs

Seasoning Rub

  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Honey BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup (no fructose)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  1. Remove the membrane from back of ribs.
  2. Rub the ribs with yellow mustard and season with rub.
  3. Cook on grill at 250 degrees for 3 hours.
  4. Place ribs on double layer foil and baste with honey BBQ sauce.
  5. Seal ribs in foil and cook 2 more hours at 225 degrees.
  6. Remove foiled ribs from grill and let rest at least 30 minutes before serving.

Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs using a paper towel to grip and pull. Then squirt yellow mustard over the ribs.

Rub the yellow mustard over both sides of the ribs.

Mix together seasoning blend.

Rub the seasoning over both sides of the ribs to coat.

Grill at 250 degrees open on the rack for about 3 hours.

After 3 hours, prepare to baste with BBQ sauce and wrap in foil.

Brush on the BBQ sauce and wrap in 2 layers of foil. Grill for 2 more hours at 225 degrees. Remove wrapped ribs from the grill and let rest at least 3 minutes before serving.