Last Father’s Day, I bought Hubby a smoker. It may have been the best thing I’ve ever purchased. It’s nothing fancy. It cost me less than $50 at Walmart. Yet it has produced some of the most amazing ribs and brisket I’ve ever tasted. I won’t ever cook them on the grill again.

I love to put a dry rub on my smoked meats. It gives them such a nice flavor, I usually don’t even need BBQ sauce.

The rub on these ribs gave them a really nice spice, while the pineapple glaze sweetened them just enough and completely replaced the need for any kind of sauce.

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Smoked Pork Ribs with Pineapple Glaze

Smoked Pork Ribs with Pineapple Glaze

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours


  • 3 lbs. pork ribs

Dry Rub

  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar


  • ¼ c. pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce


  1. Soak wood and start coals about 1 hour before starting the meat.
  2. Once the coals are white, place the soaked wood on the coals and a pan of water in the top of the smoker (refer to the owner’s manual for your smoker since models may vary in design). The temperature gauge on the smoker should also register in the “ideal” range.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together ingredients for the rub with a dry whisk.
  4. Place ribs in a baking dish, sprinkle rub onto ribs and rub in. Turn meat over and repeat on other side. Make sure ribs are well coated on all sides.
  5. Place the ribs on the rack in your smoker and close the lid. Let smoke 2 - 3 hours.
  6. Towards the end of the cooking time (last 30 minutes) prepare the glaze.
  7. In a small saucepan, combine pineapple juice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar.
  8. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes until it is thickened and has reduced by 1/3.
  9. Reserve half of the glaze for serving. Brush the ribs with the remaining glaze.
  10. Ribs are done when the bones are exposed at the tips and the meat is tender. You can test them with a fork to see if the meat falls off the bone.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 4 oz
Amount Per Serving Calories 430Total Fat 35gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 119mgSodium 380mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 24g

Looking for a dessert recipe to compliment your BBQ ribs? Check out my recipe for Caramelized Pineapple. It’s perfect served over ice cream.