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Apple smoked pork ribs
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5 from 5 votes


Apple smoked pork ribs are tender, fall-of-the-bone type of ribs. The apples bring little sweetness and tangy flavor at the same time. These ribs are perfect for summer parties or special occasions.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
BBQ cook time5 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pork ribs, bbq, bbq ribs, oven ribs, pork ribs, summer
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Julia


  • baking sheet
  • aluminum paper


For the ribs:

  • 3-4 pounds ( 1.5 kg )baby back pork ribs
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp hickory liquid smoke
  • 2 small lemons
  • 2 large apples (McIntosh) cored and cut in slices
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

For the smokey BBQ sauce:

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hickory liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced


  • Clean, wash the baby back ribs and dry with paper towel. Remove┬áthe white membrane from the back of the ribs with a knife. Use butter knife and paper towel; membrane might be slipping through the fingers
  • Preheat oven to 350 F / 180 C. Place aluminum sheets (big enough to cover the ribs from bottom, top and sides) on baking sheet. Season the ribs with salt, pepper, sweet paprika and rub minced garlic in the ribs.
  • Squeeze the lemons in a small bowl and add liquid smoke. Pour it all over the seasoned ribs. Place the cored and sliced apples all around the ribs. Cover the ribs with aluminum paper from all sides, that no steam can escape.
  • Place the baking sheet with ribs in the oven (middle rack) and bake it for 2 hours to 2,5 hours. Check after 2 hours, if meat starts to fall from bone, it's done.
  • Open the aluminum paper and remove apples on a plate, set aside. Brush the ribs with the 3/4 smokey BBQ sauce. The remaining sauce will be used for the last brush before serving. And set your BBQ on high heat. Place the ribs on BBQ grill for 5 minutes from each side.
  • Once the ribs will get nice grill marks from the fire, remove it from BBQ and place it on the serving plate or wooden board. Brush them with the remaining smokey BBQ sauce.
  • Reheat in microwave the baked apples and place them on the top of the ribs. Serve the ribs with your favourite side dish. We love mashed potatoes or good piece of homemade bread.

For the smokey BBQ sauce

  • Place the chicken bouillon cube in medium bowl and pour over hot water. Mash it with fork to combine well with the water. Add all the other ingredients for BBQ sauce, stir with wooden spatula and brush over the Baby Back Pork Ribs.