Dinner, Kid-Friendly

Smoked Baby Back Ribs

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total 2h 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

These Smoked Baby Back Ribs are tender and flavorful, and so easy to make at home in your Ninja Woodfire™ Outdoor Grill. Smoking doesn’t have to be complicated. No 12 hour waits, no reloading fuel, no watching anything like a hawk. Just an easy, foolproof way to get deep, smoky flavors into everything you make.

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  • 2 racks baby back ribs, cut in half
  • 1/2–1 cup spice seasoning
  • kosher salt, as desired
  • ground black pepper, as desired


  • Tongs
  • Step 1

    To install the grill grate, position it flat on top of the heating element and gently press down until it sits into place.

  • Step 2

    Liberally cover ribs on all sides with desired seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  • Step 3

    Shingle ribs onto grill grate or place in rib rack, then close the hood.

  • Step 4

    While holding the smoke box lid open, use the pellet scoop to pour pellets into the smoke box until filled to the top. Then close the smoke box lid.

  • Step 5

    Turn dial to select SMOKER, set temperature to 250°F, and set time to 2 hours. Select START/STOP to begin cooking (preheating is not needed).

  • Step 6

    After 1 hour, open hood, and rotate ribs so the bottom side is now exposed on top. Depending on the thickness of the ribs, begin to check for doneness around 1 hour 30 minutes. Cooking is done when an instant-read food thermometer reads between 190°F to 203°F.

  • Step 7

    When cooking is complete, open hood, remove ribs from grill and let rest for about 10 minutes. Then cut as desired and serve with sauce of choice.