Rotisserie Smoked Ribs
Smoky, sticky, saucy Rotisserie Smoked Ribs with Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce. This Memphis-style sauce is sweet with a light tangy finish and pairs perfectly with southern sides like beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, and cornbread. Learn how to use the rotisserie on the Napoleon and smoke up some delightful ribs with homemade BBQ sauce tonight.
Servings Prep Time
4 45minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 45minutes
  • 2racks spare ribsside ribs
  • 1 1/2tbsp dehydrated garlic
  • 1tbsp kosher salt
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2tsp onion powder
  • 1/4cup packed brown sugar
Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce
  • 1can Dr. Pepper
  • 1cup tomato paste
  • 1tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4cup packed brown sugar
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2cloves minced/grated garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Prepare the ribs by removing the silver-skin off the back. In a small bowl, combine the dehydrated garlic, kosher salt, paprika, onion powder, and brown sugar. Season the ribs thoroughly on both sides. Allow the ribs to sit on a rack over a baking sheet for at least 30 mins – while you prepare the grill- up to overnight in the fridge.
  2. Load the rear burner of the PRO605 Professional Charcoal Grill with unlit lump charcoal – like Napoleon’s Blackstone. Add a couple of chunks of apple or maple wood. For a stronger smoke flavor use mesquite or hickory. Use a charcoal chimney starter – like Napoleon’s Jetfire™ Chimney Starter – and fill it with ¼ of a load of charcoal, using smaller chunks. Fill the bottom of the starter with paper towel or newspaper and light on a fireproof surface like the grill’s cooking grids.
  3. Once the coals are lit, use heat resistant BBQ gloves and tongs to transfer the lit coals to the rear charcoal burner. Hang the burner on the back panel of the grill and allow the grill to heat to around 300°F while you prep the ribs. If you find the grill is getting too hot, close the vents at the bottom.
  4. Thread the ribs onto the spit rod, securing them in place with the rotisserie forks. Place the spit rod onto the grill and turn it on. Cook the ribs slowly for around 2 hours until they’ve reached an internal temperature of around 190°F.
  5. While the ribs are ‘rotissing’, combine the Dr. Pepper, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. Bring the mixture to a simmer for about 5 minutes, until nice and thick. Taste test, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  6. After an hour and a half, begin basting the ribs with sauce. Make sure to get every surface. You may also need to add a few more small chunks of lump charcoal to the rear burner.
  7. Carefully remove the ribs from the grill and slice between each bone. Serve topped with extra sauce. This BBQ Recipe for Rotisserie Smoked Ribs with Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce is filling and fantastic. The perfect rib recipe for a southern barbecue.
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