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December 09, 2022
If you’re in the mood for something gourmet, you’ll adore my Honey Pecan Ribs. These ribs go all out with a blend of sweet and nutty flavors, a butter wrap, and a decadent glaze. This is an excellent BBQ recipe for special occasions or if you want to treat yourself.
This recipe has a few steps, but don’t let that spook you. Follow my tested, award-winning method, and you’ll get a great result every time. One thing is for sure, everyone who tries these ribs will be stunned. Who knows, this could be your new favorite way to cook ribs. I know it’s one of mine!
These ribs take time, but they’re worth every second. With a deep crust, juicy meat, and a sticky sauce, you’ll dream of these ribs long after setting your napkin down. This Honey Pecan Ribs Recipe will be a grand entry if you want to compete on the BBQ circuit. You’re sure to wow the judges and bring home the gold.
The best thing about BBQing is that a few ingredients can take you far. For example, you can sprinkle a bottle of my Pecan Rub on ribs, veggies, beef, and chicken. If you enjoy creating your own recipes, you’ll love the versatility of these ingredients. Here’s what you need to add to your shopping cart.
The Smoker Setup
Here’s the main equipment I used for this cook. You can find more of my pit-master must-haves in the equipment and tools section.
The Process for Making Honey Pecan Ribs
You can find a detailed procedure for this recipe in the recipe card and video at the bottom of this post. Here’s a quick overview of how I pulled this recipe together.
These ribs came off the pit with gorgeous color. The sauce was perfectly tacky and clung to the ribs. The flavor of the ribs was divine and had the perfect balance of nutty and sweet.
Serving Suggestions for Honey Pecan Ribs
These ribs are fabulous on their own, but if you want to pull out all the stops, try one of my favorite side dishes.
Storing Honey Pecan Ribs
If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze leftover ribs for up to 3 months.
Cheshire Pork St. Louis Ribs (or ribs of your choice)
Olive Oil (or binder of your choice)
Heath Riles BBQ Pecan Rub
Heath Riles BBQ Honey Rub
Heath Riles BBQ Butter Bath & Wrap (mix 3 tablespoons per slab of ribs)
Apple Juice (mix 3/4 cup per slab of ribs)
1 cup Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Heath Riles BBQ Pecan Rub
1 tbsp Blue Note Bourbon (or bourbon of your choice)
Remove Ribs from package and dry off. Be sure to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs if this is still present.
Apply olive oil to the back of the ribs and rub in.
Season with Heath Riles BBQ Pecan Rub on the back side of the ribs.
Season with Heath Riles BBQ Honey Rub on the back side of the ribs.
Repeat steps 2 thru 4 on the front side of the ribs.
Allow ribs to sweat while you get your cooker up to temperature (275º-300º). We cooked these ribs on the Deep South Mailbox using Royal Oak Charcoal and Blue Note Bourbon Wood Chips.
Before putting ribs on, add your wood chips if you desire.
Place ribs on the grill or smoker of your choice and allow them to cook for approximately an hour and a half.
After cooking for an hour and a half, remove ribs to wrap.
Wrap ribs with Heath Riles BBQ Butter Bath & Wrap. You will need to mix 3 tablespoons of Butter Bath to 3/4 cup of Apple Juice PER SLAB OF RIBS. Add this mixture into the foil and wrap tightly.
Place wrapped ribs back on the smoker for approximately 45 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 207º-210º. Once temperature is reached, remove from the smoker.
Allow ribs to rest for 20 minutes while still wrapped.
Mix ingredients for sauce above over medium heat and allow them to merry.
Once your ribs are rested, brush both sides with sauce and return to the grill / smoker for 10-15 minutes.
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