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Smoked Back Ribs with Roasted Tomato, Honey & Chipotle Glaze

Smoked Back Ribs with Roasted Tomato, Honey & Chipotle Glaze

Created By: Pitmaster Tuffy Stone

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 1 hour stand time
  • Cook Time: 3 1/2 to 4 hours
  • Serves: 3 to 6


  • 3 racks Smithfield® Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs (membrane removed if desired)
  • 1 handful hickory or apple wood chips for smoking, soaked in water and drained (optional)
  • Apple juice in spray bottle
  • Dry Rub
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Roasted Tomato, Honey & Chipotle Glaze
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pureed chipotle chiles in adobo sauce


  1. About one hour before smoking, make the dry rub. Combine all ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Pat ribs dry with paper towels; generously coat both sides of ribs with rub. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Heat grill using Kingsford Charcoal for indirect cooking at 250°F. to 275°F. Add drained wood chips, if using.
  3. Place the ribs, meaty side down, over a drip pan and cook for 2 hours spraying both sides of ribs with apple juice every 30 minutes. Add about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.
  4. Meanwhile, make Roasted Tomato, Honey & Chipotle Glaze. Sauté tomatoes, onion and garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; cook 15 minutes until onions are tender; let cool...
  5. Remove ribs from grill; brush both sides of ribs with glaze. Double-wrap each rack in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Return wrapped ribs to the grill and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours more over indirect heat, until very tender. Add more coals as needed to maintai...
  6. Remove ribs from grill and unwrap. Place ribs over indirect heat on grill and brush with more glaze. Cook for about 5 minutes until the glaze is set. Turn ribs and repeat with more glaze.