Candied Pork Back Ribs


Whether hosting a backyard barbecue, a “homegate” or simply grilling family dinner, these classic candied pork ribs will will be a hit with any crowd.

Source: Napoleon Grills

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Marinade time: 24 hours
Grill time: 3.5 hours


  • 2 racks pork back ribs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs and cut each rack in half. In a bowl, mix brown sugar, BBQ seasoning, garlic powder and black pepper. Generously rub the seasoning mixture on all sides of the ribs. Place ribs onto a baking tray and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Soak your favorite wood chips for at least 30 minutes. Preheat your smoker or charcoal grill to 200 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill smoker tube with wood chips or place directly onto the charcoal.
  3. Place ribs on the grill bone side down and cook for 1.5 hours. Remove ribs from the grill and place on tin foil. Coat tops of ribs with brown sugar and honey. Wrap tightly in foil and return to grill for another hour.
  4. While ribs are cooking, combine BBQ sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. After one hour in the foil, unwrap the ribs and glaze with sauce every 10 minutes until the sauce is gone and the ribs are shiny and sticky.
  5. Remove from grill. Slice between each rib and serve.

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