Smoked Honey Garlic Ribs

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I love smoked ribs, and these smoked honey garlic ribs are some of the tastiest ribs I’ve ever made. The unique savory and sweet flavor of these ribs will have your guests licking their lips (and fingers) for more.

Smoked Honey Garlic Ribs

There are a few simple steps to making these smoked honey garlic ribs, and most of them can be completed ahead of time. In this post I’ll show you how to make:

  • a simple pork bbq rub
  • garlic spray that we’ll use to keep the ribs moist while they smoke
  • honey garlic glaze to add that perfect finishing touch
Smoked Honey Garlic Ribs with Better Than Bouillon

Pork Rib BBQ Rub

In a small bowl combine the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper

This rub works great on pork ribs, and works as the base for all the flavor we’ll be adding to the ribs with the Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base.

Garlic Spray

To help the bbq rub adhere to the ribs, and to keep the ribs moist and add some flavor while they smoke, make this simple garlic spray.

In a small bowl combine 1 tsp of Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base and a cup of water. mix it together and pour into your spray bottle.

Honey Garlic Glaze

This sauce takes about 15 minutes to make, and you can make it while the ribs are smoking. All you need is a little Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base (1 Tbsp), water (1 and 3/4 Cups), soy sauce (1/4 cup), honey (1/2 Cup), brown sugar (1/2 Cup), and minced ginger (1 tsp).

In a saucepan combine all of the ingredients and stir. Let the sauce simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. After the ingredients start to simmer add a slurry of 1/4 cup warm water and 1 Tbsp corn starch. This will help thicken the sauce and make it easier to apply to the ribs.

How to Make Smoked Honey Garlic Ribs

When you’re ready to smoke the ribs remove the silver skin from the underside of each rack. Use the backside of a butter knife to help loosen the silverskin before removing. Spritz the ribs with the garlic spray we made earlier, and then liberally apply the bbq rub to both sides of the ribs.

ribs on the grill grate of a smoker

Place the baby back ribs on your smoker meat side up and smoke at 225 degrees for 3 hours. After three hours spritz the ribs with the garlic spray. Repeat this process again at the 4-hour mark.

After 5 hours apply the honey garlic glaze to the ribs and adjust your smoker temperature up to 250 degrees. Apply the glaze again after 30 minutes. After 6 hours the ribs should be close to done. You should see some pullback from the meat, and the internal temp should be around 190 degrees.

smoked honey garlic ribs that have been sprayed with garlic

Serve the ribs with a fresh salad or coleslaw, and enjoy!

2 racks of Honey Garlic Pork Ribs on a grill grate
Honey Garlic Baby Back Ribs with Better Than Bouillon
Yield: 2 Racks of Ribs

Honey Garlic Baby Back Ribs

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes

If you like good barbecue you're gonna love these Smoked Honey Garlic Baby Back Ribs. Adding just a little bit of Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base upgrades the flavor of these ribs in a MAJOR way. You've gotta try em.


  • 2 Racks of Baby Back Ribs

Garlic Spray

  • 8 ounces Water
  • 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base


  • 1/4 Cup Paprika
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper

Honey Garlic Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Water


  1. Remove silver skin from the back of each rack of ribs and then spritz ribs with the garlic spray.
  2. Liberally apply barbecue rub to both sides of the ribs
  3. Smoke the ribs at 225 degrees for 3 hours, meat side up.
  4. After 3 hours spritz the ribs with garlic spray, spritz again at the four-hour mark.
  5. After 5 hours adjust the temperature of your smoker to 250 degrees and glaze the ribs with the Honey Garlic sauce. Repeat this process again after thirty minutes.
  6. The ribs will be done when an internal thermometer registers 190 degrees. Approximately 6 hours.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 842Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 2647mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 3gSugar: 88gProtein: 38g

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4 Replies to “Smoked Honey Garlic Ribs

  1. Sounds yummy! Just 2 of us so i will only need to cook 1 rack of ribs. I usually cook to temperature not time when cooking smaller amounts of meat. What temperature do you cook to? Or how would you djust time? Thanks!

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