What's a Good Recipe for Smoked Ribs Using the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker?

The Masterbuilt website has a recipe for smoked baby back ribs with espresso barbecue sauce, which uses baby back ribs, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, ketchup, honey, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and espresso coffee. While smoking the ribs in the Masterbuilt electric smoker, prepare a sauce and use this to baste the ribs.

Smoked baby back ribs with espresso barbecue sauce

This recipe produces smoky, flavorful ribs cooked uncovered at the end for a charred finish.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes


  • Three racks of pork baby back ribs
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup espresso coffee
  1. Prepare ribs
  2. Preheat the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the ribs with salt and pepper. Smoke them for 3 hours, using hickory wood chips for the first two.

  3. Make barbecue sauce
  4. Prepare the barbecue sauce by cooking the garlic in olive oil until it is golden. Remove the saucepan from the heat. When it's cool, stir in the ketchup, honey, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and espresso. Return the mixture to the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

  5. Cook in barbecue sauce
  6. Baste the smoked ribs with the barbecue sauce, wrap them in aluminum foil and return them to the smoker for a further 60 to 90 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If a caramelized finish is desired, take the ribs out of the smoker 10 minutes before they are done. Unwrap from the foil and baste with more sauce. Return the ribs straight to the smoker without covering. Cut the ribs and serve hot.