Pork Riblets

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image of pork riblets

Here is a simple recipe to get tender pull apart pork, without breaking your meat budget.  Use riblets,  this is a less expensive cut.  However, it is just as tasty and fun to eat.  I prepared these in my electric smoker and am not sure how the recipe would translate to other cooking methods.

Making the Dry Rub

This is a simple dry rub, feel free to change it as needed based on what you’ve got in your cupboard

3 tablespoons onion powder (this is used a the base)photo dry rub

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon turmeric

2 packet Stevia Sweetener In The Raw (or 1 tablespoon brown sugar – you pick)

rub the riblets with the mixture and refrigerate overnight (or at least for a couple of hours).

Prepare the Smoker

I like to mix apple and cherry wood chips together, wrap in foil and then poke holes in the foil.  Place the foil at the bottom of your smoker.  Turn the smoker on high until the chips start to smoke.

Then place the water pan in the smoker and turn down to about 195 degrees.  I don’t like to get much above 200 degrees, I find the pork tends to dry out.

Smoke those Riblets

Once the temperature is stable at about 195 degrees.  Place the riblets in the smoker.  Leave space between each piece and if there is a noticeably fatter side – place it facing up.  Ensure the water container is full and shut the door.

Let cook about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.  Do not open the door before then, if you do add more cooking time.  Internal temperature should reach 180 or above.


Once these tasty pieced of pork are to temperature, pull then out and begins to devour them.    Use your favorite commercial sauce, my berry paleo barbeque sauce or just eat them plain.  Enjoy this as part of you Paleo Diet or any diet… just enjoy it.

And, if you love pork and simple recipes, Checkout my Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork.

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