How to Smoke Lamb Ribs

How to smoke lamb ribs

Smoking lamb ribs over indirect heat in wood pellets or electric smoke infuses them with a smoky flavor that’s similar to smoked beef or pork ribs.

But how do you ensure that your smoked lamb ribs are cooked perfectly? Thankfully, there are a few simple steps that will guarantee a juicy and tender result.

Basic Steps

Smoking lamb ribs is an easy and delicious way to add some authentic barbecue flavor to your dinner. However, it is important to follow a few basic steps to ensure that your ribs turn out perfectly.

The first step is to prepare the meat and season it with the right amount of smoke flavor. You should sprinkle the ribs with a mixture of spices, such as garlic powder, rosemary, and thyme.

Once the meat is seasoned, it can be placed on the smoker. During the smoking process, you should replenish the charcoal and wood chips as needed to keep the smoker at a constant temperature.

After 3-4 hours, your ribs should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Once they have reached this temperature, you can remove them from the smoker and wrap them in foil to prevent them from drying out. Then, return them to the smoker and continue smoking them for an additional 1-2 hours until they are tender and juicy.


Smoking is a popular way to add extra flavor and tenderness to food, but it requires a little work. For example, lamb ribs require trimming of excess fat and silver skin before seasoning and smoking.

Then, it’s important to choose the right wood for smoking. Depending on the type of wood, the taste of your ribs may vary significantly.

For example, pine has a bitter flavor that can ruin the overall flavor of your ribs. Other woods, such as oak and hickory, have a savory and sweet taste that complement the natural flavor of the meat.


Adding a little smoky flavor to lamb ribs will take the meat’s signature gamey qualities and turn them into a delicious, tender dish. Smoking also helps to lock in moisture and flavor so that the meat will remain juicy and tender throughout the cooking process.

Prepare your smoker with charcoal and wood chips or pellets according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once ready, place the rubbed rack of ribs directly on the heat/smoker source. Close the lid to create an appetizing sear, and then smoke for 5 – 10 minutes.

The meat should be ready to serve after 3 – 4 hours of smoking, or until an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. For extra tenderness, allow the lamb to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.


Lamb ribs are a delicious, tender, and versatile option for your next barbecue. They have a gamey flavor that pairs well with robust smoking woods, like hickory and mesquite.

The cooking process for smoked lamb ribs is relatively simple. You can use a high-quality meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of your lamb ribs.

Once the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, wrap your lamb ribs tightly in foil and place them back on the smoker. You should continue to smoke your ribs until the meat is tender.

Check the tenderness of your ribs every 15 minutes using a skewer or toothpick. If the skewer slides into the ribs without any resistance, your ribs are done.

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