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20 Smoked Pork Ribs Variations

20 Smoked Pork Ribs Variations

Need some inspiration for ways to gussy up your pork ribs? These 20 recipes will do just that from the best standard barbecue beauties to versions influenced by flavors from around the globe.

Thai-influenced Sticky Peanut Butter Ribs

Thai-influenced Sticky Peanut Butter Ribs

A ode to the Thai sticky peanut butter ribs from Blood Bros. BBQ in Houston, these smoked beauties effortless meld American barbecue with Thai flavors.

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Filipino-inspired Adobo Ribs

Filipino-inspired Adobo Ribs

Delivering the savory and garlicky tang of Filipino adobo with some American barbecue mixed in, these ribs are something truly unique and delicious.

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Sweet Tamarind Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Sweet Tamarind Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Sour tamarind and savory soy sauce add great complexity and contrast to these smoked and sweet glazed baby backs.

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Cherry-sauced and Smoked Ribs

Cherry-sauced and Smoked Ribs

A cherry-chipotle barbecue sauce paired with an extra earthy and sharp rub give these cherry-smoked baby backs an irresistible flavor that takes your everyday ribs one step further.

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Bruleed Ribs

Bruleed Ribs

Taking a blowtorch to a sugar coating gives these ribs an extra boost of sweetness and crunch that make them something special.

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Indian-spiced Ribs

Indian-spiced Ribs

An earthy rub paired with sweet and tart tamarind chutney give these smoked ribs a distinctly Indian flavor profile.

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Szechuan-spiced Smoked and Fried Ribs

Szechuan-spiced Smoked and Fried Ribs

A mouth-numbing spice and unique crispness from frying make these barbecue ribs some of the most unique you'll ever taste.

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Sweet and Sticky Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs

Sweet and Sticky Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs

Smoking and then quickly frying ribs give them a unique texture that sets them apart from the pack. This recipe utilizes a Chinese-spiced rub and hoisin glaze to also give the ribs a wholly different take from standard barbecue norms.

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Barbecue Ribs with South Carolina Mustard Sauce

Barbecue Ribs with South Carolina Mustard Sauce

A sweet rubs balances with the strong mustard-y bite of a South Carolina-style barbecue sauce to make these some well rounded and flavorful slow smoked ribs.

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Apricot-Glazed Barbecue Ribs

Apricot-Glazed Barbecue Ribs

After years of learning convoluted tricks for making competition-worthy pork ribs, I've realized the ribs I like best are made more simply and have bolder flavors, like the earthy, spicy rub and fruity, smoky apricot sauce in this killer recipe.

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Balsamic Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Balsamic Glazed Baby Back Ribs

These may look like everyday ribs, but a balsamic-based barbecue sauce makes a pronounced difference thanks to balsamic's distinctive acidity, plus a unique rub that melds that's designed to compliment the flavor of the vinegar.

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Cajun Spiced Ribs

Cajun Spiced Ribs

In contrast to traditional barbecue ribs, which usually strike a balance between sweet and spicy, these Cajun spares were more herbal, earthy, and had a nice kick of heat.

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Competition-style Barbecue Ribs

Competition-style Barbecue Ribs

Competition ribs is as much method as flavor, taking steps to consistently build a sweet and spicy profile against perfectly tender meat.

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Hoisin Barbecue Ribs

Hoisin Barbecue Ribs

Asian flavor meets American barbecue in this mash-up of sweet, smokey, salty hoisin sauced ribs.

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Kansas City-Style Ribs

Kansas City-Style Ribs

Smoky, sticky, and sweet, these Kansas City-style ribs are what most people are imagining when they think of "barbecue."

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Pineapple-Braised Ribs with Honey-Garlic Tomato Glaze

Pineapple-Braised Ribs with Honey-Garlic Tomato Glaze

A pineapple braise paired with a sweet and garlicky glaze give these ribs a tropical bent.

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Jalapeño Jerk Baby Back Ribs with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce

Jalapeño Jerk Baby Back Ribs with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce

Combine a jerk seasoning with a sweet pineapple barbecue sauce and you get some incredibly complex and delicious ribs.

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Apple City Barbecue Grand World Champion Ribs

Apple City Barbecue Grand World Champion Ribs

If you want the best of the best ribs, this recipe from the king of ribs, pitmaster Mike Mills, will deliver for you.

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Cherry-Smoked Vietnamese Spareribs

Cherry-Smoked Vietnamese Spareribs

With a strong savoriness that has the unique tastes of Vietnamese cuisine, there are not your standard smoked ribs.

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Memphis-Style Dry Ribs

Memphis-Style Dry Ribs

Invented by a restaurant owner from Greece, Memphis dry ribs are bathed in vinegar while being grilled over smoky charcoal, then coated with an earthy, herbal rub once they're done cooking. Just don't let the name mislead you: There's nothing dry about these babies.

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