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Chef Neal's Baby Back Ribs With Orange Chipotle Glaze

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 to 3 cups wood chips (any kind)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 6 slabs baby back ribs (10 to 12 ribs per slab)
  • Orange Chipotle Glaze


  • Soak the wood chips in water to cover for at least 30 minutes. Drain well.
  • Preheat a home smoker with the chips to 200?F. (If you have a Weber grill, it may be used for smoking. See the Weber website for information.)
  • Combine the salt, five-spice powder, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture into each slab of ribs, seasoning both sides. Smoke for 20 minutes. Remove the ribs from the smoker and let cool enough to handle.
  • Preheat the oven to 350?F.
  • Wrap the ribs tightly in plastic wrap, then in foil. Place on baking sheets, and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and cool slightly, still wrapped, about 20 minutes.
  • Before serving, liberally coat both sides of the ribs with the glaze. Serve 1 to 1 1/2 slabs, or more, per person, and pass the remaining glaze at the table.