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Smokey Barbecue Ribs

posted by Julie Evink on June 2, 2014

Smokey Barbecue Ribs ~ Smokey, Tender Ribs Loaded in a Homemade Barbecue Sauce!

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I just got done hosting my daughter’s second birthday party and I’m exhausted. Literally drained. It was only our family but my feet hurt, my hip hurts and I’m worn out. I quit possibly took on a little bit to much this weekend. I felt the need to make homemade cupcakes instead of ordering them. I felt the need to make several banners to announce that she was turning 2 and it had to be in the Minnie Mouse decor that I had picked for her theme. I had to clean my house. I had to make scotcheroo bars cut out in the shape of mouse heads and dipped in Candiquik.

But really….did I have too?


Who said I had to other than me? My friend I were talking the other week, my friend Danielle from Krafted Koch. She’s the one that helped me come up will all the decor and she designed the cupcake toppers because well she rocks my socks off and let’s just say I only act like I’m crafty. ACT people. It’s all a farce. She on the other hand amazes me and is totally authentically crafty.

Smokey Barbecue Ribs ~ Smokey, Tender Ribs Loaded in a Homemade Barbecue Sauce!

Anyways we were talking and she mentioned how our grandmas would laugh at us if they looked at how we go over the top on everything now days. Especially how our birthday parties are crazy for our kids. Thanks to Pinterest and Social Media. Before them I wouldn’t have had any clue on how to design all this stuff or make themed food for a party, well I probably could have pulled off food but before blogging on would have happily called up our local bakery and let them handle the cupcakes. Now, I feel the need to impress. I feel the need to post on social media as I make the crafts, hang the decor and master the food.

Really I’m part of the problem. I’m now showing all the women that they need to keep up with me, that they need to have themed decor, themed food and try to keep it all together. I apologize. Truly I do. You do not need to do this. Go order that cake or cupcakes. Throw some food on the grill. It’s fine. No one is going to die. The house is not going to burn down. If there is some clutter on those counters, really no one’s going to care or judge. We have all been there.

What is important is that you invited your family and friends over, you got to connect with them, your kids got to play and everyone had a good time. Will people remember my themed decor? Will they remember my cute little Mickey Mouse treats? Possibly. But if they weren’t there no one would have minded either.

Next year. I’m taking my own advice. Or I’m going to try! Life will go on.

My question to you is do you go all out? Do you go crazy for birthday parties?

Smokey Barbecue Ribs ~ Smokey, Tender Ribs Loaded in a Homemade Barbecue Sauce!

What does this have to do with Smokey Barbecue Ribs? Nothing. Other than the fact that I’ll probably need to make these for my hubs after he recoups from the birthday party and me possibly yelling at him a few times over the weekend…

Just possibly.

So if you want to impress your man or really anyone at all throw these ribs together and enjoy!

7 reviews

Smokey Barbecue Ribs

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 2 hours, 15 minutes Serves 4 servings     adjust servings


  • 1 lb ribs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c. 7-Up
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 c. barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp liquid smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut ribs and put on rack in large shallow pan. Spread minced garlic over ribs. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
  2. In the meantime combine the remaining ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove meat from oven and place in a clean pan. Pour sauce over meat. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours, brushing occasionally with sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 812kcal Calories from fat 247
% Daily Value
Total Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 1579mg66%
Carbohydrate 125g42%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 111g
Protein 19g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Nana

    I guess I am from a very different generation, but I feel like almost everything social is overdone. Weddings now have a budget that would make a huge down payment on a house, Christmas is an extravaganza, birthdays and showers are no longer a friendly little get together. I don’t know where the need to impress and be “best” comes from. When my kids were little we might have had the grandparents or aunts and uncles over for cake and ice cream. The day was special even if we did not. Each child had small gifts and they got to choose their birthday dinner menu and of course the cake. They are all grown now and I do not think they ever felt deprived.I wish everyone would, especially in this difficult economy, would return to more simple times. The joy of the birthday or other occasions is in making the celebrant feel loved and special. I don’t think in years to come, a two year old will remember the food, gifts, or games, but they will know they were loved and cherished and time is the most precious gift you can offer a child (or anyone else) when you think about it.I might get a lavish Mother’s day gift, but what I really would love more would be a day with my children.

    • Julie Evink

      It’s totally overdone! I sometimes long for the day PRE social media!

    • Kathy

      I remember just having the basics was good enough. It was a time when the father was he bread winner and it seemed to be enough. Now everything has gotten so commercialized it’s sickening. It’s like who is in my pocket now? The good old days were the best.

      • Julie Evink

        Yes some days I wish we could go back to that!

  • Danielle

    First of all, these ribs look amazing! Second of all, go with store bought cupcakes! haha By the time most people get to the dessert at a party, they are so gorged, that they just shove it down without much notice anyways! 😉

    • Julie Evink

      Next year, Next year I will! Although it is a good blog post 😉

  • Martha @ A Family Feast

    WOW Julie! These look amazing! My idea of the perfect ribs!

  • Dawn Howerzyl

    We have never had alot of family near and just last year our only family (my parents) moved to MI. For our kid’s BD they get to pick what they want to eat for dinner. When my parents were here they came to this dinner. So we didn’t always have it on their BD just near it, especially if it is during the school year. Until 10 they get to pick a cake from books that I have had since my kids were little and then I will do my best to decorate it. After 10 they get to pick ANY dessert or regular cake and I will make it. We might give a gift or 2, but really simple. They get plenty of gifts from both sets of grandparents we think. Also when they turn 10 they get a BD party with friends – this too when it works for Mom. When my son turned 10 he wanted a party with water – so we had to wait until it was warmer since his BD is in January. Just make your child feel extra special on their actual BD. We put up a banner in the house on the wall. Maybe they get an extra special snack in their lunch or they can pick breakfast too. Just depends on the time of year and what day their BD ends up on. So anyway this is the way we do it. My children are almost 14, 12, almost 10 and 7. Enjoy your children – each day. They grow up WAY to fast.

    • Julie Evink

      They do grow up way to fast! It’s about making the day special and full of fun for them for sure!

  • Matt Robinson

    These look absolutely amazing, love that sauce!!

  • tanya

    I only go crazy when it comes to food. It’s just our close family but I love for everyone to walk away full. And of course it’s all about dessert!! Ribs really the perfect party food. Everyone loves them! These look finger licking good!

  • michele

    Ribs looks awesome and I have a recipe question…says 1 lb of ribs…and I’m thinking I might need a bit more than that to satisfy my hubby 😉 How much meat will this sauce cover? Thanks

    • Julie Evink

      I think it will safely cover 2 lbs 🙂

  • Julia

    I don’t go all out for parties anymore, but I do find that having something special makes the occasion memorable. And I think it turns people’s attention away from the mess I’ve left in my wake…hopefully.

    These ribs certainly look worth throwing a party for! I’m the only one in my family who likes them, so friends could come over and enjoy them with me while everyone else eats burgers!

    • Julie Evink

      I like your theory. I’m going to try and embrace it!

  • Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

    I always take on way too much when it comes to my kids parties…nothing near as extravagant as some of the stuff on Pinterest, but I still tend to go overboard on the food and cake. These ribs look mouth-watering!

    • Julie Evink

      I think a lot of us have this trouble! Thanks Jaren!

  • Michelle

    I’m not sure why we do these things to ourselves! I once decided to throw a pirate themed party for my son’s 3rd. With the idea that I would make a pirate ship-shaped cake. As if he would even remember it! Oh boy.

    Anyway, these ribs look fantastic and my son is drooling over them. He has chosen to feature them when See Ya in the Gumbo goes live tonight. Thank you for linking!

    • Julie Evink

      Always good intentions right? It’s the follow through that kills me!

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  • Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner

    Love ribs Julie – thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend – I’m featuring these tonight on my blog.

  • Jen

    We stopped doing birthday parties at 10 in favor of having a friend over to have a sleepover. The next party they get is at 16 and it won’t be a big party.

    • Julie Evink

      Sounds like a marvelous idea Jen!

  • Michelle

    Thanks for sharing the rib recipe! Me and my wife can also get caught up in trying to make things “perfect,” but really, it’s no the tiny little details that make the party but the friends and the family.

    • Julie Evink

      So true! Friends and family are to be treasured not the details 🙂

  • Samantha

    Can I use diet 7up instead?

    • Julie Evink

      I think that will work fine!

  • Joanne

    hi i got a question what is c ???for honey etc etc…

    Thanks you

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