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Smoked Ribs Spicy

Spicy Smoked Ribs

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 racks of brined pork ribs, weighing around 1kg (2lbs)
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) salt
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) ground cumin
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) dried oregano
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) dried garlic granules
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) smoked paprika
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) ground cinnamon
  • 5ml (1 tsp) dried chilli powder
  • Hickory wood chips


  1. For a very basic brining method, check out my How To Brine Chicken article.
  2. Mix the salt, cumin, oregano, sugar, garlic, paprika, cinnamon and chilli in a small bowl.
  3. Rub the spice mixture on both racks of ribs.
  4. Preheat the Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker on the High setting and fill the smoking box with wood chips.
  5. Wait for 10 minutes until the chips begin to smoke, then change the heat setting to Low.
  6. Hang the ribs on hooks and let them hang on the side of the smoking basket. Place the basket inside the smoker.
  7. Close lid and cook until the ribs’ internal temperature is 68°C (155°F). This takes about 60 minutes.
  8. Remove the ribs from the smoker and wrap them in foil, letting them rest for about 15 minutes.
  9. Serve with sweet potato fries and salad. Enjoy!


  • Brining is optional but will yield optimal results.
  • Because of the temperature discrepancy between the top and bottom area inside the smoker, you might find it worthwhile to remove the ribs halfway through cooking. Place the hooks at the bottom end of the ribs and place them back in the smoked “upside down”. That way, both ends will get evenly cooked.
  • When I started out I tried slathering all kinds of sauces on the ribs but the higher the sugar content, the quicker it burnt. My advice? Smoke the ribs plain in the gadget and finish them off on the grill with your sauce of choice. A lot less mess and no burning either. Live and learn!


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 472
  • Sugar: 31.9 g
  • Sodium: 2221 mg
  • Fat: 26.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 22 g
  • Cholesterol: 105 mg