My stovetop smoker Cameron is 13 years old this year, if I remember correctly. Could be older. I bought it soon after we moved to Austin. So, my pictures are for real, without any advertising glamour — our late dinner yesterday, after 10 hours of work in the office.

I am known as “riblets gal” by our local HEB butchers (I call them “meatmongers”). I buy riblets almost every time I see them on sale — for big parties or just for us. They are crazy good quickly grilled, smoked, and served with Salt Lick BBQ sauce and beer!

There is some debate in the meat cutting world over the true definition of a riblet. When processing ribs in the St. Louis style, butchers trim off the curved tips of the ribs. The tips of the thinnest ribs, generally left in a connected rack, are the riblets I feature in this recipe. The only prep they need is trimming extra fat. I do not marinated or brine them in advance. No fancy spices or rubs are used either. The only seasoning is kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

I cook riblets, we both stay on the porch and share news and peculiarities of the day…

Hickory Smoked Pork Riblets

Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 8 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: European
Keyword: Cameron's stovetop smoker, lycooking, lyukum cooking lab, pork, recipe
Servings: 4 portions


  • 2 lb riblets
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper ground
  • 4 tbsp bbq sauce Salt Lick Original
  • 1 handful hickory chips


  • Preheat grill on high, the highest you can get. Prepare stovetop smoker.
    Stovetop Smoker Camerom
  • Trim and season riblets.
  • Grill them for about 5 minutes, 1 minute on each side, turning every 30 seconds.
    Grilling Riblets
  • Place them on the smoking rack. They can slightly overlap, but mostly it should be one layer.
    Grilled Riblets
  • Close the lid and place the smoker on grill, the same high heat, for 15 minutes.
    Stovetop Smoker Camerom
  • After 15 minutes turn the heat off and let it stay for another 15 minutes, lid still closed. And now they are ready to serve!
    Smoked Riblets
Smoked Riblets