Maple Smoked Baby Back Ribs Steamed In Bourbon Marinade

Smoked ribs are a tried and true favorite.  This recipe uses a sweet plum, honey and bourbon glaze to balance the smoky flavor.  Bourbon in the water pan gently steams and marinates the ribs to tender perfection.  If you’re serving beans as a side dish, put the pot of beans in the smoker to let them take on a smoky flavor.


1 cup honey
1 cup plum preserves
1/2 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon salt
8 lb baby back ribs in slabs
4 maple wood chunks (use hickory as substitute)
4 cups bourbon for water pan
Orange zest for garnish

In a sauce pan over medium heat mix honey, plum preserves, bourbon and salt. Simmer, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes until bourbon is reduced and sauce thickens to a thick glaze. Saturate ribs with glaze.

Place wood chunks on charcoal or lava rocks, and pour bourbon into water pan. Place glazed ribs, meaty side up, in smoker basket or rib rack holder and place on lower level grill. Smoke cook for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour (electric/gas smoker) or 1 to 1 ½ hours (charcoal smoker). About 15 minutes before the ribs are done, brush with additional glaze.

Garnish with orange zest.

Serves 6