Pork ribs are probably the most common food when the family gets together during the summer. They are affordable and you can feed a lot of people per slab. I personally love them because of all the different flavor combos I can create with the sauces and dry rubs. I try to make a new one every single time, or put a twist on an older recipe I have made.

maple cayenne glazed ribsThese Maple Cayenne Ribs were smoked over applewood for a rich sweet flavor, with the first bite you will get that apple smokey flavor with the sweet maple and cayenne heat that is a delicious treat. I like to cook my ribs low and slow for a tender and juicy meat that will come off the bone clean every bite. Okay, let’s jump into the recipe!

slow cooked ribs

Maple Cayenne Glazed Ribs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 3 rack Spare ribs
  • Mustard for a binder
  • 9 tbsp Unsalted butter

Dry Rub

  • ½ cup Dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Dry mustard powder
  • 2 tsp Cayenne powder

Maple Cayenne Glaze

  • 1 cup Maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Maple vinegar
  • 2 tsp White vinegar
  • 2 tsp Cayenne
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Prep Instructions:

  1. Start off by prepping your ribs and getting the membrane removed, trimming the silver skin and patting them dry. Now apply mustard as a binder to cover the surface area. Combine all the seasoning ingredients for the dry rub and mix by hand. Season the ribs on the backside first and flip to season the top. Be generous, seasoning is your friend!
  2. At this point let the dry rub sit on the ribs for a bit and begin firing up your smoker. You want the temp to be 225 degrees and applewood smoke rolling. Once the 225 temp is set add the wood chunks and the ribs.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Smoke for 3-4 hours and spritz with apple cider vinegar after 90 minutes. From here you will be spritzing every 45-60 mins. When your bark is set, or a 160-170 internal temp hits the ribs remove them.
  2. 10 mins prior to removing the ribs be sure to have your butcher paper rolled out and spritz it with apple cider vinegar (on the inside). Remove the ribs and place them bone side up on the butcher’s paper (one rack per butcher paper wrap) and place 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter and wrap. Do this to all of your ribs and place them back on the smoker. You can keep the temp at 225 or bump it up to 250 if needed. You will be smoking for 90-120 minutes with them wrapped.
  3. When 90 minutes have gone by, get a saucepan over medium heat and add the maple syrup, ketchup, maple vinegar, vinegar, honey, cayenne and butter. Simmer for 6-8 mins and let it cool.
  4. Remove the ribs from the smoker and place them on your prepping station, open them (leaving the ribs in the butcher’s paper) and glaze your ribs. Once glazed, place them back on the smoker and set the glaze for 25-30 mins (leave the ribs unwrapped).
  5. Once the glaze is set remove it from the smoker and let rest for 30 mins and serve.
  6. Enjoy with friends and family!


Maple Cayenne Glazed Ribs are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. The recipe is simple to follow, and you can have dinner on the table in no time. If you’re looking for a dish that will tantalize your taste buds, give these ribs a try.

Did you enjoy these Maple Cayenne Glazed Ribs? You’ll love my other pork recipes in the link below!

Pork Recipes

Items Used In This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill/Smoker

Meater Plus

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Heat Resistant gloves


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