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Traeger''s Cannibal Bone Ribs

Posted by mmillet on August 6, 2014

Traeger''s Cannibal Bone Ribs

You know them. We love them and none of us can get enough. It's those darn baby backs again. When we aren't having drooly dreams about them, we're shoving them into the express lane to our stomachs.

These Cannibal Bones have an extra layer of caveman char than your classic baby back ribs but still maintain that sticky, wet-nap-needing quality that we are obsessed with. (Plus the rub on these is KILLER!)

We dug into our vaults to pull this recipe out of an old Traeger cookbook. This gem was contributed by Greg Austin of Santa Cruz, California.

We love discovering new Traeger recipes so keep 'em coming!


PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes


4 slabs baby back ribs
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup white grape juices
Favorite Traeger BBQ Sauce

Rib Rub:
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1/3 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


Wipe ribs with damp paper towel. Remove silver skin; set ribs aside.

Combine all rub ingredients in mixing bowl; mix well.

Sprinkle both sides of ribs liberally with rub.

Start Traeger grill on Smoke with lid open until fire is established (about 5 minutes). Switch setting to 275 degrees F, lid closed, and preheat for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place ribs on grill; close lid and cook for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the apple and grape juices in a small bowl and set aside. Remove the ribs from the grill and place them bone side down on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil or a large disposable foil pan. Pour the juice mixture over the ribs.

Drizzle a generous amount of honey over each slab.

Wrap up the ribs completely with the foil and seal the edges. Return the ribs to the grill and cook for 1 hour.

Remove the ribs from the foil and place directly on the grill grate. Turn the heat up to 350 degrees F and cook for 30 additional minutes.

Slather the ribs with your favorite Traeger BBQ Sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes to set the sauce.

Traeger''s Cannibal Bone Ribs

Remove the ribs to a cutting board. Slice into single serving-size pieces and serve.

Traeger''s Cannibal Bone Ribs


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