Pork Rib Roll

A pork rib roll siting on a chopping board with the pickled onions and cucumbers spilling out.
This recipe is provided by Dipper's Backyard BBQ Wars

Fast food joints have made rib rolls famous but they can still be made easily at home. This version serves the rib meat with homemade pickled onions and cucumbers to make a great roll. It is a homemade McRib-inspired lunch.

The recipe includes how to make your own quick pickled onions and cucumbers. However, you may also buy a pre-made version to save time and effort. Alternatively, you can use a raw version of these ingredients.

Although the instructions are to make from scratch, this is also a good way to use leftover ribs. That may even make the leftovers better than the original! Alternatively, you could also pair the roll fillings with pulled pork for a similar result.

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Bright red rubbed babyback ribs being smoked.
After adding the rub, smoke the ribs for the first hour until reaching your desired color.
Pork ribs on a chopping board with the rub having just been applied.
Cover the babyback ribs in a thin but even layer of rub.
A pork rib roll siting on a chopping board with the pickled onions and cucumbers spilling out.
The rich smoked pork is balanced with the picked onions and cucumbers to create a tasty sandwich.

Pork Rib Roll Recipe

This recipe is provided by Dipper’s Backyard BBQ Wars.
A pork rib roll siting on a chopping board with the pickled onions and cucumbers spilling out.
Fast food joints have made rib rolls famous but they can still be made easily at home. This is a super tasty option for a weekend lunch.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 3 hours
Ready in 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 3 Servings
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Rib Rub

  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds


  • 2 racks babyback pork ribs
  • 8 tablespoons butter

Pickled Onions and Cucumbers

  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups vinegar

Pork Roll

  • 3 long buns
  • 3 pickles sliced longways
  • 2 tablespoons favorite BBQ sauce


  • smoker
  • 1 chunk hickory
  • foil


Rib Rub

  • In a small bowl, combine the paprika, brown sugar, salt, garlic, cayenne, onion white pepper, black pepper, and celery seeds.


  • Trim the pork ribs as required including removing the membrane. Apply the rub and leave to rest while setting up the smoker.
  • Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) and add the chunk of hickory.
  • Place the ribs on the prepared smoker and cook for 1 hour, or until you are happy with the color.
  • Layout a sheet of foil. Place the butter on it then top with the ribs. Wrap the foil tightly around the ribs.
  • Return the wrapped ribs to the smoker and continue to cook for 1 hour or until tender. Check for tenderness between the bones with a probe.
  • Remove the ribs from the foil and let them rest. Gently remove the bones from the meat.

Pickled Onions and Cucumbers

  • Combine the onions, cucumbers, red pepper flakes, and vinegar. Leave to rest so the flavors infuse with each other.

Pork Roll

  • Slice the buns in half then toast until crispy brown.
  • Layer with the sliced pickles and pulled rib pork then top with the pickled onions and cucumbers. Drizzle with the BBQ sauce then close the sandwich, with the top half of the toasted roll. Serve immediately.


  • Prepare the pickled onions and cucumbers while the ribs are cooking.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 1429kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 80gFat: 95gSaturated Fat: 41gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 341mgSodium: 3858mgPotassium: 1372mgFiber: 5gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 2862IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 243mgIron: 15mg

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