How to Hickory Smoke Baby Back Ribs on a Charcoal Grill

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How to Hickory Smoke Baby Back Ribs on a Charcoal Grill Recipe
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Combine apple juice, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, kosher salt and garlic into a large pot to make a brine. Heat over medium heat and whisk until all the sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temp.

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Remove membrane from the back of the ribs. Cut the racks in half. Place each 1/2 rack into a zip lock bag. Add 1/4 of brine to each bag. Refrigerate in brine 12-24 hours.

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Soak hickory chips in non-chlorinated water for at least 2 hours.

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Hickory Chips soaking in water.

Hickory Chips soaking in water.

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Use a charcoal chimney to start your charcoal. When coals are ready, place coals on 1/2 of grill for direct heat, leave the other half for indirect heat.

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Place hickory chips in smoker box and place on top of coals. Wait for grill to smoke.

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Remove ribs from brine. Reserve half of the remaining brine.

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Ribs removed from brine

Ribs removed from brine

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Once the grill starts to smoke, transfer the racks to the indirect side of the grill, meat side down.

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Grill starting to smoke

Grill starting to smoke

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Ribs placed on indirect heat side of grill

Ribs placed on indirect heat side of grill

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Let ribs sit on indirect side for 2 hours. Monitor grill temperature, try to keep at 225. Use spray mist on grill to lower temperature if needed.

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You want your grill temp to be 225

You want your grill temp to be 225

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Don't peak at ribs (it will alter the temperature). But you will need to check your wood chips from time to time.

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Spray outside of grill to lower temperature as needed

Spray outside of grill to lower temperature as needed

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After 45 min, turn racks rib side down.

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After 2 hours, place ribs in a "Texas Crutch" (aka, an aluminum tent).  Add the remaining brine and return to the indirect heat side of grill for another 1 hour.

After 2 hours, place ribs in a "Texas Crutch" (aka, an aluminum tent). Add the remaining brine and return to the indirect heat side of grill for another 1 hour.

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After 1 hour in the Texas Crutch, take ribs out of the foil and place on the indirect side of the grill until they reach 150 degrees.

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Meanwhile, on the direct heat side of grill, cook whatever veggies/starches you wish to serve with your ribs.

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Take ribs of the grill and let rest for 10 minutes. ENJOY!

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