How To Use A Traeger Rib Rack

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We pulled out the Traeger rib rack today to get ready for a little rib party at our house.  My friends threw me a curveball when they said “hey, we need ribs with bite, and some fall off the bone ribs.  Can you handle it?"

How To Use A Traeger Rib Rack

Now I'm not here to pick sides in this age-old rib argument, but I am for sure team Ribs with bite.  Let’s Get Cooking, Chef Jason

Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC | Ace Hardware Grill Expert | Owner, 5280 Culinary


Yield: 8 Racks of Ribs

Prep Time: 10 Minutes + 15 Minutes Seasoning Rest
Cook Time: 6-8 Hours (time can vary based on pork) PLUS 30-45 Minutes Resting Time
Cook Temp: 225˚ - Smoke Temp | 350˚ Finishing Temp


Measure   Ingredient                                                                     Prep Notes      
4 Racks        Ribs, Baby Back or St. Louis Spareribs             Peeled
As Needed    Oil, Olive, Blended                                                   
As Needed    Rub A Dub Seasoning                                             to taste
As Needed    Oink Seasoning                                                         to taste
4 Cups          Apple Juice (or Cider)                                              Not from concentrate      
taste             Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary
taste             High Altitude BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                                               
taste             Low Country BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                

Preparation Directions:

Wash all tools prior to use
Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, or any cooking tools
Clean out Traeger as needed and change drip tray liner
Fill pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets
Set Traeger to 225˚, hit enter and hit ignite, add the Rib Rack now so it is ready to go
While Traeger is heating up –
Remove ribs from package, pat dry (if needed)
Carefully use the back of a spoon to remove the membrane
** a napkin or paper towel works great of the membrane is slippery
Lightly oil on all sides
Season on all sides – season one side with Oink and the other side with Rub-A-Dub
Allow to rest for approx. 15 minutes
When Traeger temp hits 225˚ add the ribs to the rib rack.  Close the lid
Cook for 45 Minutes, then spray with the apple cider.  Spray ribs until they are wet
Spray Ribs every 45 minutes
At the 2 hour mark, flip (rotate) the ribs, spray them and continue to cook
*** At the 4 hour mark, if you are looking for Fall Off The Bone ribs, add butter, sugar and honey to the ribs and wrap in foil.  Continue to cook in the foil until your desired doneness is reach
For the normal ribs, leave them on and keep spraying every 45 minutes, until they reach the 5 hour mark
Using Nitrile and heat proof gloves, carefully remove the ribs and place into an aluminum disposable pan and bring into the kitchen
Keep wrapped and allow to rest for 5-10 Minutes (check after 5 minutes for softness)
Adjust seasoning if desired and sauce with Fire Honey, High Altitude BBQ Sauce and Low Country BBQ sauce or serve sauce on the side



For the Ribs with Bite recipe total cook time was

4:00    Smoke Time – 225˚
1:00   Finishing Time – 350˚
Spraying every 45 minutes with apple cider
5:00    Total Cook Time

For the Fall Off the Bone Ribs recipe total cook time was

4:00    Smoke Time – 225˚
1:00   Wrapped and Sauced Time – 350˚
First 4 hours - Spraying every 45 minutes with apple cider
Check doneness and cook until desired fall off the bone texture is reached
5:00    Total Cook Time

Shopping List

Traeger Ironwood 885                                                           Ace SKU – 8030462
Reserve Blend Pellets                                                           Ace SKU – 8015887
Trager Grill Basket (Grilling Pan)                                           Ace SKU - 8019502
Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                                                       Ace SKU – 8562043
Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary                                                    Ace SKU - 8562050
Fire Honey, 5280 Culinary                                                     Ace SKU - 8017719
Low Country BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                               Ace SKU – 8560252
High Altitude BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary                               Ace SKU - 8560088
Published on 5/28/2021.
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