Grilled Cajun Ribs

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cajun ribs slightly cut

Now that the weather is warmer, we’ve been grilling every weekend, plus a few times during the week. We love to grill lots of different types of foods, but our all time favorite thing to grill is ribs. Grilling ribs is our favorite summer entertaining food because they are so good, smell amazing and everyone always loves them.

grilled cajun ribs cut halfway

Our favorite grilled rib recipe is so easy. It’s just a few ingredients to get the most amazing grilled ribs. We always start with Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs available at Walmart. Smithfield® is our secret weapon to cooking perfect ribs every time. As you can see in the photo above, these ribs never slice that well because the meat always wants to fall off the bone!

raw smithfield ribs

Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs are hand trimmed and have no added hormones or steroids. They are so tender and juicy, even my little sister can make them taste great! They are always sure to impress.


smithfield ribs with two bowls of seasoning

The next two ingredients are a simple Cajun spice blend and a little brown sugar. I like to make my own Cajun spice blend that I use in a variety of different recipes, but you can use any kind.

seasoned smithfield ribs in white pan

The next ingredients is optional, but we always use it. It’s wood chips in a little smoke box. You can add this little smoke box on a charcoal or gas grill, just be sure to place it over the heat source. These wood chips and small wood chip smoker boxes are also available at Walmart.

smithfield ribs ready to be cooked on grill

Also, be sure to soak the wood chips for a few hours before grilling too.

soaked wood chips

I always grill ribs over indirect heat, as far away from the burner or fire as possible. You also should keep the grill at no higher than 350° while grilling or lower. I like to keep the heat right around 325°.

ribs ready to be grilled with closed wood chip box

Grilling is never rushed at our house. We start grilling right around after lunch and grill low and slow until they are super tender, fall off the bone.

About halfway through the cooking process, you have turn the ribs around so that they cook evenly. You might need to add some more wood chips at this point too. Because the heat is so low, we never flip them over.

touching smithfield ribs with tongs

It takes a little time, but they are so worth the wait!

fully cooked smithfield ribs

When the temperature gets to about 200°, I add a little BBQ sauce, and keep cooking for just a few more minutes. I don’t like the temperature to go above 210°, because they start to dry out.

ribs being coated with BBQ sauce

You can find Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs at Walmart, as well as Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork St. Louis Style Ribs and Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Spareribs.

fully cooked ribs sprinkled with garnish

You can find Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork Back Ribs in the fresh meat department plus all the other ingredients for this recipe at your local Walmart.

Be sure to check the Pit Master Site for even ore great recipe ideas too!

recipe photo

Yield: Serves 4

Grilled Cajun Ribs

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Cook Time:   5 hours    Total Time:   5 hours 15 minutes
method: Grilled    course: Main Course
cuisine: American   diet: Enjoyable
An easy and delicious recipe for Grilled Cajun Ribs the whole family will love.




  • 5 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil


Heat gas or charcoal grill to 325° - 350°. Add brown sugar and cajun spices to ribs on both sides. Place ribs on grill over indirect heat. Add water soaked wood chips in a wood smoke box over the gas burner or charcoal fire in a wood box.

Keep grill at 325° and continue to grill until internal temperature is about 200°. Then glaze with BBQ sauce and close the lid for a few minutes just to heat through. Remove ribs at internal temperature between 200° and 210°.

Ribs take different amounts of time depending on if you cook one rack or two, it also depends on the weight of the rack. For one rack of average weight, it takes us about 5 hours.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: 480 calories, 23 grams fat*
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*Nutritional Information is not guaranteed for 100% accuracy.

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