Shiraz Smoked Baby Back Ribs

These pork ribs have been marinated in red wine and Cajun spice, then grilled.

  • Preparation Time40 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
1 Napoleon® Smoker Wood Chips (cherry or apple) soaked in water for 2 hours
1 Napoleon® Smoker Tube
Aluminum Foil
4 racks Pork Baby Back Ribs (1½ - 2 lbs each)
750ml Shiraz wine
250ml water
125ml sugar
60ml salt
125ml Napoleon® Creole Cajun Spice

For the Shiraz Glazing Sauce

30ml butter
1 medium onion finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
250ml Napoleon® Fire Roasted Garlic Sauce
125ml Shiraz wine
125ml honey
60ml grape jam
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Salt and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste

Using a sharp knife, score the membrane on the backside of the ribs in a diamond or criss-cross pattern.

Combine the Shiraz, water, sugar and salt. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt, and then pour over the ribs. Cover and marinate for a minimum of 4 hours.

Preheat one side of the grill to low (110°C).

Remove the ribs from the marinade, reserving the marinade for basting. Rub ribs with Napoleon® Creole Cajun Spice, and place the ribs into a roasting pan.

Place the soaked Napoleon® Smoker Wood Chips in the smoker tube over the preheated side of the grill.

Place the ribs over the unlit side of the grill (indirect heat) and close the lid. Baste with the reserved marinade every hour and carefully refill the Napoleon® Smoker Tube with fresh, soaked Napoleon® Smoker Wood Chips several times for maximum smoke flavour. Smoke ribs for 3-4 hours, until ribs are a deep pink smoke colour. Remove ribs from grill and wrap individually in 2 sheets of aluminum foil each. Return ribs to grill and cook in foil for an additional 1½ to 2 hours, or until ribs are tender and bones will wiggle a little when pulled.

Remove ribs from grill and allow to cool slightly in the foil.

Meanwhile, while ribs are smoking, prepare the Shiraz Glazing Sauce. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sauté onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add Napoleon® Fire Roasted Garlic Sauce, Shiraz, honey and grape jelly and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and coarsely ground black pepper. Remove from heat, set aside and allow to cool.

Turn both sides of grill up to medium-high heat.

Spray ribs lightly with non-stick cooking spray and place onto preheated grill. Grill smoked ribs for 10 to 12 minutes per side basting liberally with glazing sauce throughout cooking. Remove from grill and allow to cool slightly. Cut ribs between every third rib bone and serve immediately.


Inactive prep time: 4 hours

Smoking time: 6 hours

Copyright Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling by Ted Reader (Key Porter Books Ltd 2009) ISBN 978-1-55470-150-6 £34.99 Hardback. 124 recipes each fully illustrated.

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