Kansas City BBQ Ribs

Author: traeger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 240 minutes
Difficulty Rating: 3/5
  • 4 slabs baby back pork ribs (2-1/2 pounds each), trimmed
  • Traeger Sweet Rub, or an all-purpose barbecue rub
  • Traeger Regular Barbecue Sauce, or a sweet, thick barbecue sauce
  • 3 cups apple juice or water

Preperation Steps
  • If your butcher has not already done so, remove the thin papery membrane from the bone-side of the ribs by working the tip of a butter knife or a screwdriver underneath the membrane over a middle bone. Use paper towels to get a firm grip, then tear the membrane off.
  • Dust the ribs on all sides with the Traeger Sweet Rub, massaging it into the ribs. Put a shallow heatproof pan (such as a disposable aluminum foil pan) in a corner of the grill grate and pour in the apple juice.
  • When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 250 degrees F.
  • Lay the ribs, bone-side down, directly on the grill grate. Grill for 3-1/2 to four hours, or until the ribs are tender. (To test for doneness, push a toothpick or skewer into the meat between the middle bones: It should go in without resistance. Or lift the ribs using tongs clamped to the end bones, then “bounce” gently: The meat should develop a shreddy “crack” in the middle of the slab.)
  • Liberally brush the ribs on all sides with the sauce. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until the sauce tightens. Transfer the ribs to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into half slabs or individual ribs. Serve immediately.