Tuffy Stone's Ribs

BY: Tuffy Stone

  • cooking-duration About 10 hours
  • servings 10 SERVINGS
  • cooking-style smoker
  • cooking-mode moderate

This is the most viewed recipe on our site. Learn how to make pork ribs just like 5X World Champ Tuffy Stone.

According to Tuffy, "These ribs are going to take you a day. But if you’re up to put in the sweat, you’ll be rewarded with better tasting ribs than you ever thought would be possible." 



  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • 3 cups ketchup

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup apple juice

  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

Prepare the Ribs

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Mix sugar, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
5 minutes
Whisk together ketchup, sugar, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and 3/4 cup water in a 4-quart saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring until thickened, for about 20 minutes.
30 minutes
Remove from heat, measure 1 cup into a bowl and stir in 1/4 cup honey and the apple cider vinegar. Set aside. Reserve remaining sauce. Pour apple juice into a spray bottle and set aside.
5 minutes
Brush oil on ribs on baking sheet and sprinkle with this rub. Let the ribs sit 1 hour.
1 hour, 15 minutes
Prepare your grill using apple wood chunks or chips. Place ribs meat side up on grill grate. Maintaining a temperature of 225 degrees to 275 degrees, cook spraying with juice every 30 minutes for 3 hours.
3 hours
Remove ribs from grill and transfer to 2 large stacked sheets of foil. Drizzle butter, honey and sugar evenly over both sides of ribs. Position ribs meat side up and close foil around ribs. Return to grill and cook for 2 hours.
2 hours, 15 minutes
Uncover ribs and discard foil. Return ribs to grill and cook, basting with sauce after 30 minutes, until the tip of a small knife slips easily in and out of the meat, about 1 hour. Serve with remaining sauce.
1 hour, 30 minutes