Servings: 4 To 6
Cooking Time: 4 Hours
2 (2- or 3-pound) racks baby back ribs
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 batch Sweet Brown Sugar Rub
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 cup Pepsi or other non-diet cola
¼ cup The Ultimate BBQ Sauce
1. Supply your smoker with wood pellets and follow the manufacturer’s specific start-up procedure. Preheat the grill, with the lid closed, to 180°F.
2. Remove the membrane from the backside of the ribs. This can be done by cutting just through the membrane in an X pattern and working a paper towel between the membrane and the ribs to pull it off.
3. Coat the ribs on both sides with mustard and season them with the rub. Using your hands, work the rub into the meat.
4. Place the ribs directly on the grill grate and smoke for 3 hours.
5. Remove the ribs from the grill and place them, bone-side up, on enough aluminum foil to wrap the ribs completely. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of maple syrup over the ribs and sprinkle them with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Flip the ribs and repeat the maple syrup and brown sugar application on the meat side.
6. Increase the grill’s temperature to 300°F.
7. Fold in three sides of the foil around the ribs and add the cola. Fold in the last side, completely enclosing the ribs and liquid. Return the ribs to the grill and cook for 30 to 45 minutes.
8. Remove the ribs from the grill and unwrap them from the foil.
9. In a small bowl, stir together the barbecue sauce and remaining 6 tablespoons of maple syrup. Use this to baste the ribs. Return the ribs to the grill, without the foil, and cook for 15 minutes to caramelize the sauce.
10. Cut into individual ribs and serve immediately.