Quick & Flavorful Fast Smoked Ribs for Busy BBQ Lovers

Get ready for the juiciest, most tender smoked ribs that cook faster than a squirrel on a caffeine binge!

Get ready to embark on a smoky adventure that doesn’t require you to become a pitmaster or quit your day job! These fast smoked ribs are the perfect balance of tender, juicy, and oh-so-flavorful. With just the right tips and tricks, you’ll be chowing down on lip-smacking ribs before you can say “pass the napkins!” This guide has everything you need—no fluff, just pure rib-loving goodness.

Fast Smoked Ribs

fast smoked ribs

These fast smoked ribs are like a summer party in your mouth! With simple ingredients and an easy technique, you’ll have smoky, tender ribs in no time. Perfect for last-minute cookouts or when the craving hits hard.

  • Cooking Method: Smoking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Cuisine Type: American BBQ


  • 2 racks of pork ribs (baby back or spare)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce of choice

Cooking Instructions

  1. Prep the Ribs: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for tenderness that will make even your grill jealous.
  2. Rub-a-Dub-Dub: Brush ribs with olive oil. Mix smoked paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Rub this magical blend all over the ribs like they’re going to the spa.
  3. Get Smoking: Preheat your smoker to 275°F (135°C). Add your choice of wood chips (applewood is fabulous) for extra zest.
  4. Smoke Party: Place ribs in the smoker and let them soak in the smoky goodness for 1 hour. Not too long, not too short—just right!
  5. Wrap It Up: Remove ribs and place them on foil. Douse with apple juice for that sweet love. Wrap them up like a present and smoke them again for another 1 hour.
  6. Sauce Time: Unwrap the ribs and brush with BBQ sauce. Increase smoker temp to 300°F (150°C) and let sauce set for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve Hot: Remove ribs from smoker, let them rest for a few minutes (if you can wait!), then slice them up and enjoy the smoky, saucy beauty.


  • Alternative Ingredients: Switch up the seasonings with chipotle powder for a Mexican twist or use maple syrup instead of brown sugar for a Canadian flair.
  • Garnishing Options: Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley or green onions for that Instagram-worthy pop of color.
  • Cooking Tips: Keep a spray bottle of apple juice handy for spritzing the ribs every 30 minutes during smoking for extra moisture.