Northwest BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe

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Northwest BBQ Pork Ribs

Serves 4 to 6

Looking to change things up from your classic, sweet and tangy BBQ sauce? Give this Pacific Northwest spin a try! It features earthy, savory, wild mushrooms, the sweetness of summer blackberries, and a touch of Alderwood smoke. Combine with fresh herbs for a dish that captures the quintessential flavors of the PNW.



  1. Trim membrane from back of ribs. Rub ribs all over with mustard. Sprinkle liberally with Northwest BBQ rub.
  2. Preheat grill on low heat.
  3. If using Alderwood chips: Place wood chips in center of sheet of aluminum foil. Fold up edges to create a rim and keep wood chips from falling out. Place on one side of grill over direct heat. Cook wood chips with lid on until a thin trail of smoke appears out the top of the grill.
  4. Turn off heat on side of grill without wood chips. Place ribs on unlit side of grill. Close lid. Cook 1 hour over indirect heat (while wood chips continue to smoke on lit side). Aim to maintain grill at 225°F to 250°F.
  5. Remove ribs from grill and wrap each rack in parchment paper. Then wrap each rack in a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Return ribs to indirect heat and cook an additional 1 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and easy to pull from bone.
  6. Carefully open aluminum foil and parchment paper and allow ribs to rest 5 minutes. Transfer racks to cutting board and cut ribs apart. Arrange on a serving platter. Spoon relish over ribs and serve.
  7. Cook's Tip:
  8. This recipe can also be done in an oven (without wood chips). After step 1, wrap ribs in parchment paper and then a layer of foil. Bake in 300°F oven 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until tender. Unwrap and broil to brown or refrigerate until ready to use. This makes it easy to transport to a picnic area or camping ground where they can be seared on a grill just before serving. It also makes the ribs easy to warm up just before company arrives.


Amount Per Serving (based on 6 servings)
Calories: 680 undefined
Fat: 43 g
Saturated Fat: 13 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 145 mg
Sodium: 3990 mg
Carbohydrates: 31 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 18 g
Added Sugars: 14 g
Protein: 44 g
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