How Long To Smoke Ribs At 250 And 275 Degrees Fahrenheit

If you’re familiar with smoked ribs, you’re probably aware that the ribs must be cooked more gradually on a low flame for a longer period of time than most other meats to achieve the optimum taste.

Many recipes ask for a temperature of at least 225 degrees in the smoker, which is a fair temperature to aim for when cooking meat.

How Long To Smoke Ribs At 250 And 275 Degrees Fahrenheit

However, by increasing the heat just a little, your ribs will be ready to serve much faster and avoid delaying the rest of the barbecue. 

To discover how to smoke your ribs at greater temperatures, such as 250 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit, continue reading this article.

The best wood to use to smoke these ribs will also be discussed in detail so that you can get the most flavor out of them.

Smoking At Different Temperatures

When cooking at higher temperatures, you can cook a lot faster. If done the right way, you won’t sacrifice any of the flavors or ruin your ribs.

Let’s take a quick look now at the different temperatures you could smoke your meats at to help you decide which is best for you. 

Smoking At 250 Degrees

The amount of time it takes to smoke ribs can vary depending on the sort of ribs you are cooking. Using a three-pound rack of back ribs, cook them for five hours on a smoker.

If you prefer spare ribs, the preparation time will be somewhat longer, at six hours total.

Smoking At 275 Degrees

As previously stated, the amount of time required is determined by the type of meat.

Cooking three pounds of baby ribs will take no more than two to four hours to reach their full cooking temperature.

It takes five hours at exactly 275 degrees to cook spare ribs once more, which is a slight increase in time from the last recipe.

Rib Types

Ribs are available in an array of forms and sizes. The ribs we used in the above example are pork ribs, but beef ribs are also very popular. Let’s look at some of the types of ribs you could use. 

Baby Back Ribs

These ribs are taken from the top rather than below the animal and from behind the spine of the animal, respectively.

Because of the noticeable curve that spans the whole length of the ribs, they are easily distinguished from other racks. 

A term commonly used to describe back ribs, which are smaller in size than spare ribs, is “baby backs.” This is owing to their lesser size when compared to spare ribs.

These ribs have far less meat than spare ribs. The flesh that is there is also much thinner than that of spare ribs.

Spare Ribs

A broad, flat rack of spare ribs is formed from ribs that are derived from around the belly. Despite the fact that they are high in fat, each bone contains a large amount of meat.

Spare ribs are referred to as St. Louis ribs when the cartilage at the bottom of the rack is removed.

Keep in mind that a rack of spare ribs usually will cook considerably more slowly than baby ribs of equal size when cooking. If one kind is swapped for another, the proportions of the recipe must be modified accordingly.

This implies that if a recipe asks for baby ribs to be cooked for four hours at a low temperature, spare ribs always require around six hours at around the same setting.

How Can I Tell When The Ribs Are Done?

How Can I Tell When The Ribs Are Done

It is critical to know when the meat is done while cooking a BBQ to be a good chef.

Probably you’ve heard that when the meat is cooked to the point of coming off of the bone, it is done correctly. People frequently use this as a guideline when grilling their meat to determine when the meat is done.

Pitmasters, on the other hand, are well aware that this isn’t a particularly precise method of determining your cooking time.

Pig ribs that have been overcooked are ones whose meat has been cooked to such a degree that it practically slips off of the bone when touched.

This indicates that the majority of the moisture has been absorbed, resulting in an unpleasant and dry mouthfeel for the user. Additionally, when the meat is really dry, it is harder to reheat leftovers successfully.

It is preferable to remove the ribs from the heat source when they get to the correct temperature of around 195 degrees, rather than when they reach that temperature.

The meat can get dry if the temperature is raised over 203 degrees.

Whether it comes to determining when your ribs are done, there are numerous strategies to use. The simplest method is to check the ends.

If there is still 1/4 or 1/2 inch of bone exposed, it is time to remove the ribs from the heat source.

Using tongs, gently lift and bounce the rack on the grate until it is cooked through. If this rack of ribs breaks down the middle, remove it from the grill immediately and discard it.

Keep a thermometer on you at all times as an additional precaution. While there is no foolproof method, keeping an eye on the inside temperature will help you stay on schedule with your barbecue. 

Wood Used For Smoking

Some of the best wood pellets for smoking baby back ribs are those that have been flavored with fruit flavors.

The sweet-smoky flavor of the sauce complements the lean meat perfectly. For the finest effects, apple or cherry wood should be used. Pecans are another excellent option.

Spare ribs, on the other hand, perform better with a different type of pellet. It is recommended that you use pellets that bring out a smoky taste in the meat, like oak, for these ribs.

Other pellets, such as those flavored with mesquite or hickory, are even more effective in releasing the ill-fated smoky flavor than regular pellets.

Smoking Baby Back Ribs At 250 Degrees Recipe

Using the example further up of smoking three pounds of baby ribs, we have made a recipe to show you have to get the most out of this meat. 

Cooking this kind of meat will take you around five hours. The recipe below is for smoked baby back ribs; however, if you choose to use spare ribs, plan on cooking them for 6 to 8 hours.

When preparing your BBQ, keep in mind any weight variances.

Prep The Meat

Whether you got this meat from the shop or the butcher, it can be prepared the same way. Start by trimming away the silverskin. This is the gray-looking membrane that covers the bone on the rack. 

The butcher may occasionally do this work for you, but if not, you may easily remove it yourself with a sharp knife. Trim away any excess fat while you’re at it.

Season The Ribs

Pat the ribs with a paper towel until they are completely dry. Apply a thin coating of the Dijon or yellow mustard on the meat after it has been prepared.

This produces a surface on which the spice rub may adhere to and work its magic. To substitute the cayenne pepper, cumin, brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, and pepper for the spices listed above, you may use a premade rub.

Cooking The Ribs

Set your smoker’s temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the correct temperature is reached, lay the unwrapped rib rack on the cooking grate and cover.

Allow 2 hours without checking on the ribs. During this time, the pig will absorb the smokey flavor.

After 2 hours, remove the ribs from the smoker. Prepare a two-layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil by sprinkling it with honey and melted butter.

Wrap the rack securely with foil to form a seal. Reintroduce it to the smoker and cook for a further 2 hours.

After this, you may remove the foil from the ribs and place them back in the smoker for an additional hour of cooking. During the final 30 minutes, if wanted, brush on your favorite barbecue sauce.


Remove the ribs from the smoker and lay them aside for 15 minutes to allow the juices to run clear. Remove the bones from the rack of lamb and serve with more sauce on the side.

Smoking Spare Ribs At 275 Degrees

Smoking Spare Ribs At 275 Degrees

Now that you know how to cook the perfect baby back ribs, you’re probably wanting to try cooking spare ribs as well. 

Spare ribs often cook better at higher temperatures, which is why it is best to cook these ribs at 275 degrees. 

By raising the temperature, you may cut the cooking time in half, which is useful given the ribs’ larger size. However, it is wise to account for a 5-hour cooking period while following this approach. 

If you want to use this method to cook baby back ribs, the cooking time will be far shorter at around 3-4 hours. 

Also, the ribs used in this recipe are 3-4 pounds heavy, so consider making some changes of your own if your ribs weigh less or more than this.

  1. Prep The Meat

Remove the silverskin from the bone side of the rack as soon as possible, if it has not already been done by the butcher.

Push a very sharp knife beneath one corner of the membrane using a paper towel, and then firmly grasp the membrane with the paper towel to secure it.

Remove the membrane by peeling it off very carefully. Continue to perform this procedure until there is no more membrane remaining. If required, you can also trim away any extra fat at this phase.

  1. Season The Ribs

More paper towels should be used to dry the spare ribs. Apply a light layer of prepared Dijon or yellow mustard to the rack, followed with your chosen spice rub, and allow to dry completely.

Massage the spices into the meat completely to prevent them from slipping off onto the grilling grate during the cooking process.

  1. Cooking The Meat

Preheat the smoker to 275°F. Once it has reached this temperature and is emitting a good amount of smoke, insert the prepared rib rack and seal the lid. After 1 hour, flip the rack over and smoke for a further hour.

After this time, remove the ribs off the grill and place the rack aside. On a work area, arrange a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Securely wrap the rack over the ribs, bone side up. If any of the ribs are threatening to poke through, add another layer of foil.

Return the wrapped ribs to the smoker and continue cooking for an additional 2 hours. Then, remove the foil and arrange the rib’s bone side down on the cooking grate.

Allow them to cook for about a further hour, or until the flesh begins to peel away from the bone when pushed with gentle pressure. Coat with barbecue sauce if preferred during the final 30 minutes or so of cooking.

  1. Serve 

Remove the ribs from the fire when they reach a temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow for a 15-minute dissipation of the fluids from the meat.

Separate into individual ribs and serve with a side of sauce as soon as this is done.


Preparing smoked ribs takes a significant amount of time and effort. When you’re pressed for time, raising the temperature of the smoker will let you do the work more quickly and efficiently.

Having said that, avoid the urge to increase the temperature too much, since this may cause the ribs to lose their supple texture and become tough.

It is essential to keep the fire low and slow to achieve success, so be certain that your smoker maintains the temperature you’ve set for the duration of the cooking session.

John Rinder
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