How Long to Smoke Ribs At 275 Degrees? The Secret to The Tastiest Ribs

August 20, 2023
Written by Kristy J. Norton

In my experience, it usually takes three to five hours to smoke ribs at 275 degrees Fahrenheit to cook the meat slowly and make it juicy.

Pork ribs are a tasty cut that every true grill master must perfect. Trust me, I’ve spent years refining my smoking technique for ribs. One question I receive from new BBQers is how long to smoke ribs at 275 degrees.

Smoking your rack of pork ribs at a low temperature is crucial for getting the most tender smoked ribs. The thickness of the ribs, the smoking liquid, and the type of smoker all play a role in determining the time to smoke ribs at 275 degrees.

While there are different type of ribs, in this article, we will mostly be looking at pork ribs. I have also touched on the basics of smoking beef ribs at 275 degrees.

Read on as I discuss my experiences smoking ribs.

how long to smoke ribs at 275

How to Smoke Pork Ribs at 275°F? 

When calculating the amount of time needed to smoke your ribs, know that the smoking time may vary based on the size of the rack of ribs, the number of racks you’re smoking, the smoker and smoking liquid. Here, we’ll look at the steps to prepare ribs at 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

1. Preparing the Ribs

Preparing the ribs is the first step to smoking pork ribs at 275 degrees. This usually entails stripping the thin membrane off the back of the ribs, trimming any extra fat, and rubbing the meat with a dry rub or marinade.

The dry rub or marinade should be applied to the ribs at least an hour before smoking to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.

2. Cooking Time and Temperature

It’s important to remember that while smoking pork ribs at 275 degrees, the cooking time will vary based on the ribs’ thickness and your preferred degree of doneness. In general, cooking pork ribs at this temperature will take anywhere from three to five hours.

3. Watch the Smoker

The ribs should be prepped and then put in the smoker at 275 degrees. It’s critical to keep an eye on the smoker’s temperature to make sure it maintains a steady 275 degrees throughout the cooking process.

The ribs should be examined to make sure they are cooked properly after the first hour of smoking.

4. Internal Temperature

It’s also crucial to remember that the meat’s internal temperature should reach 145°F to 160°F when it’s being smoked. I recommend using a meat thermometer to gauge the meat’s temperature. 

5. Rest the Meat

When the ribs have finished cooking, they should be taken out of the smoker and given at least 10–15 minutes to rest before being served. The ribs will become even more tasty and tender because the meat will reabsorb the tasty juices released during the smoking process.

Appetizing Smoked Pork Ribs

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Cooking Time for Different Types of Ribs

Spare ribs, St. Louis-style ribs, and baby back ribs are the types of ribs prepared using this technique. Let’s discuss these three ribs and indicate how long it takes to cook them.

1. Spare Ribs

Spare ribs are cut from the boar’s belly. So, it’s not surprising that they have a somewhat higher fat content than other ribs. Additionally, the pork spare ribs have more cartilage than the rear ribs.

These spare ribs look flat and wide and resemble St. Louis style ribs more than baby back ribs, and they take the same amount of time to cook. So, how long should you smoke ribs at 275 degrees? You’ll notice that the overall cooking time for smoking spare ribs is about 5 hours.

Honey Glazed Pork Spare Ribs

2. Baby Back Ribs

The baby back ribs are cut at the point where the ribs meet the spine. In my opinion, baby back ribs are the favorite of many buyers, and they take roughly 3 hours to smoke, which is less time than the other ribs on this list.

Dry Rubbed Pork Baby Back Ribs

3. St. Louis Style Ribs

St. Louis style ribs aren’t a specific type of ribs. They get their name from a particular method of cutting the meat.

Typically, St. Louis-style ribs need to be cooked for roughly 5 to 6 hours at a temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit for the tenderest results. The cooking time is comparable to that of spare ribs.

Homemade St. Louis Style Spare Ribs

How Long to Smoke Beef Ribs at 275 Degrees?

Beef ribs can be fully smoked at 275 degrees in around three hours. I suggest giving yourself plenty of leeway in case your rack of ribs needs less or more time. Moreover, instead of smoking beef based on cooking time, smoke it based on the meat’s internal temperature. 

After seasoning your tasty-looking racks, smoke the ribs until they reach an internal temperature of 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, smoking beef ribs takes time and requires a consistent smoker temperature and a precise internal meat temperature.

The Best Wood Chips for Smoking Ribs at 275 Degrees

I love smoking baby back ribs with fruitwood chips. The meat is lean, so the sweet-smoky flavor is a perfect balance.

For the best results, choose wood from pecans or apples. Cherry is another good option. On the other hand, I prefer a heartier substitute to smoking spare ribs and St. Louis style ribs.

Oak is an effective option since the flavor is strong without being overpowering. Add additional hickory or mesquite to the mixture if you want your spare ribs to taste very smoky.

Causes of Dry Ribs

A hot smoker is usually the culprit for dry pork ribs. Remember, the quickest way to overcook ribs is in a smoker that is too hot.

Always cook your meat at low, consistent temperatures when smoking it. The ribs will quickly lose moisture if the smoker temperature is too high. Smoking the meat slowly allows it to cook in its juices for longer, yielding a more tender outcome.

Why Meat Falling Off the Bone is Not Recommended?

When referring to pork ribs, the expression “falling off the bone” is typically said to depict the classic smoked ribs.

However, true pitmasters understand that meat falling off the smoked ribs is not something to be proud of.

Why? Because it means that the meat is overcooked. It’s also possible that the meat has lost most of its moisture, leading to a dry, chewy texture.

You should remove the ribs from the heat once they’ve reached an internal temperature of 145 to 160 degrees. The meat will start to dry out if you let it cook a few degrees past 160 degrees.

There are several ways to determine whether your ribs are done. Examining the ends is the simplest method. The ribs are most likely done when about half an inch of the bone is visible.

Always keep an instant-read thermometer on hand. Testing the ribs’ internal temperatures will give you an idea if they are ready to eat. 

Baked Pork Ribs with Teriyaki Sauce

What Exactly is the 2-2-1 Method?

These three figures represent the lengths of the three cooking phases. The pork is initially smoked for two hours.

After the initial two hours, the meat is taken out of the smoker, wrapped in foil, and smoked for an additional two hours.

The wrapped ribs are then removed from the foil, put back on the grilling grate of the smoker, and cooked for one more hour. The 2-2-1 method, which requires a total of 5 hours, is effective if you want moist, tender meat.

What is the 3-1-1 Method?

The 3-1-1 approach also takes five hours, but the times of the smoking stages are allocated differently.

The meat is cooked without foil for three hours. Then, it’s smoked for one hour with the foil on and placed back on the smoker for an extra hour.

This technique is perfect if you want a robust, smoky flavor for the ribs. When ribs are wrapped in foil, the juices stay inside as the ribs’ temperature steadily rises.

In addition, you can wrap the ribs with stock, butter, etc., for extra flavor. The 3-1-1 or 2-2-1 method can be used to smoke baby back ribs at 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, I found that the 2-2-1 method produces better results when smoking ribs at 275°F instead of the 3-1-1 method.

Is 275 Degrees Too Hot for Smoking Ribs?

Most rib recipes specify cooking them at 225°F. This is because it gives the ribs’ muscles enough time to break down without drying the meat.

However, turning up the heat a bit won’t harm your back ribs, so you must use caution. If everything goes according to plan, your ribs will cook more quickly, but you should still get juicy and tender meat.

Is Smoking Ribs in 3 Hours Possible?

You can smoke ribs in three hours by using the 3-1-1 smoking technique. However, note that the size of the rack of ribs plays a big part in how long to smoke ribs at 275. Using the 3-1-1 method, ribs are first smoked for three hours at a low temperature of 275°F.

To create a steamed chamber, the ribs are then covered in foil and baked for one hour. Finally, a BBQ sauce or glaze is applied, and the ribs are roasted for an additional hour.

Rack of Baby Back Pork Ribs on the Grill

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I Flip Ribs on the Grill?

Yes, it is recommended to flip your ribs a couple of times over the entire grilling process. Consider rotating your ribs twice during the cooking process.

2. How Long Will Ribs Keep in the Refrigerator?

If there are any leftover ribs after they have cooled, they should be kept in the refrigerator. After letting the ribs cool to room temperature, store them in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container or plastic storage bag.

3. How Long to Smoke Ribs at 200 Degrees?

It usually takes ribs seven hours to cook if you want to smoke them at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s critical to plan when grilling the ribs because their temperature will keep dropping as they lose moisture.

Checking the juicy ribs at regular intervals will help you avoid undercooking your dish when you’re unsure about how long it will take to cook ribs.


Ribs are one of my favorite meats to smoke. Cooking these cuts at 275°F will quicken the smoking process if you’re pressed for time. Note that it may take 3-5 hours long to smoke ribs at this temperature, depending on the sort of ribs you intend to smoke.

Remember, do not raise the temperature above 275°F. Otherwise, the ribs will be dry and have a chewy mouthfeel. The key to tender ribs is low cooking temperatures. So, be patient to enjoy the great results.

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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