Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon Glaze

Cook Time

90-120 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

15 min




½ cup Apple Butter

3 tbs Apple Cider

¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 – 2 ¼ lbs Baby Back Rib

½ cup Bourbon

½ cup Brown Sugar

½ tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Cinnamon Stick

½ tsp Cinnamon, Ground

2 tbs Dijon Mustard

1 ½ tsp Dry Mustard

1 tsp Ginger, Ground

6 thin strips Ginger, Peeled

1 tbs coarse Kosher Salt

1 large Onion, Sliced

1 ½ tsp dried Thyme

Recipe Highlights

This simple but delicious Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon Glaze recipe is sure to wow the crowd. Try this fan favorite tonight for a savory protein with sticky hot and sweet heat for finger licking perfection.

The glaze mixes brown sugar, apple butter, whiskey and more to create a sweet sauce to go over a tangy and spicy rub that covers the baby back ribs. The result is a rack of juicy pork ribs with a southern kick.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze Ingredients

  • ½ cup (packed) brown sugar (Swerve sub works)
  • ½ cup apple butter
  • ½ cup bourbon whiskey (Makers, Jack Single Barrel)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbs apple cider
  • 2 tbs Dijon mustard

Cooking Instructions

  1. Make sure you remove the membrane or have the butcher do it so the meat can absorb all the flavor!
  2. Mix salt, brown sugar, dry mustard, dried thyme, ground ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper together and then rub 1 tbs of the seasoning mix into each side of the rib rack.
  3. Place the ribs in a roasting pan and cover. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours (can be up to 24 hours).
  4. Turn your Country Smoker onto “Smoke”. Once the burn pot has caught, turn it up to 300°F and close the lid.
  5. Remove the ribs from the fridge and lift the rack from the pan. Spread the onion, cinnamon stick and fresh ginger in the pan and then pour in the cider. Return the ribs to the pan, meat side down and cover with foil.
  6. Roast ribs until the meat is tender and begins to pull away from the bone, 2-3 hours. Uncover, cool at least 30 mins.
  7. Turn the grill up to 400°F and grill the ribs until they’re heated through and slightly charred (about 5 minutes/side). Generously baste on all sides and grill until the sauce becomes more of a sticky glaze – about 3 minutes more on each side.
  8. Remove the ribs from the grill and place on a cutting board. Cut in-between the bones to create individual ribs for serving.
  9. Serve and enjoy with your favorite sides! Try our Fire-Roasted Paprika Garlic Street Corn if you’re looking to spice up the meal a bit. Put the remaining sauce on the side for dipping.

Special Tools

  • Bowl
  • Roasting Pan
  • Whisk

Country Smoker's Tip

If you’re looking for the perfect beer to pair with this meal try your favorite amber or red beer. A pinot noir or crisp pinot grigio would also pair well with this meal.


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