Prep Time:  20 mins
Cook Time:  120 mins
Total Time:  140 mins
Servings:  8-10
smoked bbq rib racks on the grill

Follow Grill Master Randy's proven process for deliciously smoked BBQ pork ribs on the Cajun Preaux Grill!


  • 3 2-3lb full racks pork ribs
  • 3 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups soaked pecan wood chips, plus more as needed
  • 8 quarts lump charcoal, plus more as needed

Items You'll Need


  1. Combine the salt, sugar, and spices in a small bowl, using a fork to break up any chunks; set aside.
  2. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels and place on a work surface. Remove the thin membrane attached to the underside of the ribs by doing the following: Flip the ribs over so they’re bone-side up. Starting at the end of 1 rack, slide the tip of a paring knife between the membrane and the bone, then lift and cut through the membrane.
  3. Grasping the membrane with a paper towel, pull it toward the other end of the rack and completely remove it.
  4. Rub the ribs all over with the vegetable oil, then evenly sprinkle with the spice mix.
  5. Wrap ribs with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Meanwhile, soak the wood chips in a bucket of water for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat grill to 250°F, using Pecan wood chips and natural lump charcoal.
  7. Use indirect heat and cook with the grill head down.
  8. Place ribs, meatier side down, on the grill away from the coals. Cook for 90 minutes, adding more coals and chips if needed.
  9. Pull ribs from grill and wrap them in heavy duty foil, place back on grill away from coals for another 30 min.
  10. Remove ribs from foil and place them on the over the coals. Baste the ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce and allow the heat from the coals to carmelize the BBQ sauce. This should take about a few minutes on each side.
  11. Let rest for about 10-15 minutes and Enjoy!