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maple cajun smoked ribs
Maple Cajun Smoked Ribs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 30 mins

After falling in love with how maple syrup pairs with spicy food, I decided to venture even further out with these Maple Cajun Smoked Ribs.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maple Cajun Smoked Ribs
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derek Wolf
  • 3 Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • 2.5 tbsp of Cajun Seasoning
  • 1.5 tbsp of Spicy Mustard for binder
  • ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp of Hot Sauce
  • 9 tbsp of Butter unsalted
  • 2 tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 6 tsp of Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup of your Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • cup of Maple Syrup
  1. Carefully remove the membrane on the back of the ribs. Lather with spicy mustard and season with Cajun Seasoning thoroughly. Place in the fridge for 2 hours to set.
  2. Preheat your smoker for indirect cooking around 250F. Add some wood chips or wood chunks to the smoker for added flavor.
  3. Add the ribs to the smoker on the indirect heat side. Cook for 3 hours. Mix in a squirt bottle apple cider vinegar and hot sauce. Every 30 minutes, spritz the ribs.
  4. After 3 hours, pull your ribs off the smoker. Lay down a layer of aluminum foil with 3 tbsp of butter spaced out on the foil. Add some brown sugar and drizzled maple over the butter. Top the butter mixture with one of the pork ribs with the bone side facing up. Add more butter, maple syrup and brown sugar on top of the rib. Carefully wrap in the foil until tight and secure. Repeat this step for all of the pork ribs.
  5. Once done wrapping, add the ribs back to the smoker with bone side facing up. Cook for another 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours, unwrap the ribs and discard the foil. Place all the ribs back on the smoker and increase the heat to 375F. Add a basting skillet over the coals or on the hot side of the smoker. Add the bbq sauce and maple syrup for your glaze. Glaze the outside of the ribs until completely covered with the sauce. Continue to cook the ribs for another 30-45 minutes until they are caramelized on the outside but tender on the inside.
  7. Once done, pull the ribs off and let rest for 3-5 minutes. Slice and enjoy!