Smoked Ribs and BBQ Rub

Labor Day weekend was super busy for us. Joel’s parents, sister and her kids all came to visit and we had a blast hanging out together! We went to the lake on Saturday, rented a pontoon boat and spent the afternoon cruising the lake. Unfortunately, the high was only about 65 degrees and it was pretty windy on the water. We were cold. See. On Sunday we went to church together, took the kids to Space Aliens, played outside and looked through pictures of my in-laws recent trip to Alaska. It was a busy weekend. The in-laws headed home Monday morning leaving our little family to celebrate Labor Day together. We took Noah on his first picnic by the river and he loved it. Anything that involves food or being outdoors is sure to make him happy!

We decided to break out the smoker again this summer before it gets too cold and we of course picked our favorite grilled meat, baby back ribs! They are so simple to smoke and so amazingly fall-off-the-bone delicious! Joel took care of the ribs and I prepared macaroni and cheese and baked beans. I also mixed up a sweet, smoky and spicy barbecue rub for the ribs.

To smoke the ribs, we remove the membrane off the back of the ribs then rub them generously with the rib rub.

Kansas City BBQ Rub

Then place them in the smoker which is between 225 and 250 degrees. We then smoke them for 5 to 6 hours (checking the smoker often to ensure it stays in the temperature range). After they have been smoked, we slather them with a generous amount of our favorite barbecue sauce then throw them on the grill for a few minutes. If you like your ribs dry, skip this step.

Kansas City Rib Rub
recipe from

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Keeps for 6 months.

Kansas City BBQ Rub


  1. Looks like a fun (but cold) Labor day weekend! Good thing you had these bad boys to keep you warm and full. I LOVE ribs and They look wonderful! Thank you for linking to Fat Camp Friday. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Looks good.

    We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
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  3. Burrrrrrrr, you ‘al look so cold, but I know you must have had a great time on the lake with family. Your rub looks like a really good one and those ribs look awesome! Hope you will have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

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