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Candied Bacon Babyback Ribs

Posted by Brady P. on June 8, 2014

Candied Bacon Babyback Ribs

Sometimes in life someone comes up with an idea that will change your life. This will be one of those ideas for all those who try this recipe. We thought to ourselves, Candied bacon is good, and babyback ribs are good, so mixing them together will be amazing right? We will let you decide for yourself if the above comments are true. With that being said, we will go out on a limb and say that these will be the best ribs you will ever eat! We hope you enjoy, and please be nice and share with friends and family.

Candied Bacon Babyback Ribs

Prep Time: 30 minutes. 20 to cook bacon, 10 to season ribs

Cook Time: 4/1/2 hours

Recommended Pellets: Hickory or Mesquite

Serves: 2-4


1/4 cup maple sryup

1 tbs horseradish

8-10 strips of bacon

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 tea of cayenne pepper

1-2 cups apple juice

Your favorite Traeger bbq sauce


Start the Traeger on smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes, or until the fire is established. Once the fire is started, turn to high and go season the bacon.

Mix the brown sugar and cayenne with your hands. place the strips of bacon on a cooking sheet, and spread it on both sides of the bacon.  


Once the grill is at the right temperature place the bacon directly on the grill, and cook for 5-8 minutes on each side. Make sure to keep a close eye on the bacon because with all that sugar it's easy to burn. Also once the bacon is finished let it cool and continue to caramelize. Once cool chop into small pieces, and try not to eat it! 

Next mix maple syrup and horshradish, and slather on the ribs. turn down the grill to the smoke setting and smoke the ribs for 2-3 hours depending on how much time you have, and how much of a smoky flavor you want.

Once the ribs are smoked transfer them to a foil pan, or wrap them in tin foil. Add the apple juice and steam the ribs at 225 degrees with all those good flavors for 2 hours.      

After the 2 hour steam bath remove the ribs from the grill. Turn the grill back on high, and take the ribs out of the foil, and place them on the grill. Slather your favorite Traeger bbq sauce on the ribs, and sprinkle the candied bacon on the sauce. The sauce should hold the bacon, and the flavors should mix together for the most beautiful taste your tastebuds will ever taste. Cook on high for 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce and bacon hold to the rib.

After the ribs are done, let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Cut and serve. 

Candied Bacon Babyback Ribs


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