Smoked BBQ Ribs & Tangy Spice Rub

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetGrillingAmerica #CollectiveBias

Smoked BBQ Ribs & Tangy Spice Rub is the perfect recipe to pull out at your next big BBQ. It’s tender pork ribs rubbed with seasoning and slowly smoked to perfection until they’re practically falling off the bone. Then you smother them in your favorite BBQ sauce for a finger-licking meal you’ll crave!

bbq ribs

Check this out for a minute. Have you ever seen smoked bbq ribs that were more juicy or tender than that? Because I certainly haven’t. That’s right, we’re entering grilling season here. Which means today, you get something really special. You get Smoked BBQ Ribs & Tangy Spice Rub.


bbq ribs

As many of you know, it wasn’t too long ago that I made a huge decision in my life. Andrew, myself, and our two cats packed our bags and headed south, all the way down the Florida. And while I may still miss a lot of what New York has to offer (mainly the mozzarella), I have to admit that when it comes to BBQ, Florida knows its stuff.

And spring has officially sprung! Which means it’s basically summer down here in Florida. And all of this hot weather has me craving BBQ. The best part is that you can cook it outside, so your oven doesn’t heat up the house!

And now that we’ll be moving over to a brand new house and out of this little apartment, I’m finally going to be able to make all of these delicious BBQ recipes in my own home! For this one, I wanted to get some practice in, so I may have commandeered my sister’s insanely awesome charcoal grill.

It’s ok, though. There were ribs in return for the rental.

bbq ribs

And while this recipe sounds a little complicated, take my word for it. It’s really not! I would even venture to say, that it was easy! Every step has about two hours between it, giving you plenty of time to get everything ready. And trust me, the low and slow method is the way to go here.

Can we talk about falling-off-the-bone deliciousness for a minute?! I mean, come on. I’m not sure I’ve ever loved anything the way that I loved eating these ribs. And I really love food. A lot.

And for this recipe, I picked up my favorite Smithfield Extra Tender St. Louis Ribs from my local Walmart. They were serious when they called them extra tender – so don’t worry if this is your first time making ribs! Because they’re still going to be amazing. And the smoking technique we used here just sent them OVER. THE. TOP. Amazing. They also have no added hormones!

You can get a quick visual in the photo below of the ribs in the tinfoil phase of this recipe. It helps keep the juice and butter together, so the ribs can marinate while they’re cooking. Trust me, don’t ever skip this step, you’ll thank me later.
bbq ribs

Did I mention that Smithfield Fresh Pork is also hosting a contest?! Yep. That’s right. It’s your chance to win up to $5000 in cash or other prizes! You can enter here.

They also put together this awesome video, just in case you need some Rib cookin’ guidance. This is not the recipe I’m doing today, but it does walk you through making your own BBQ sauce!

Aaaaaaand back to my BBQ Ribs!

bbq ribs

Here’s a quick shot of my ribs on the grill. Can you see how underneath the ribs, there’s a little aluminum tray? Like the disposable kind you can pick up at the grocery store, when you’re baking for potlucks? I basically stick one under the ribs so it catches a lot of the juices that fall out, instead of getting the grill covered in something else to clean.

Also, take notice on how the coals are off to the OTHER side of the grill. That’s right, we’re going for indirect heating here. I don’t want to see your ribs anywhere close to being over the coals, until we’re down to the last 10 minutes of the entire recipe here. Because at that point it doesn’t matter. 

bbq ribs

And what you end up with? Sticky, tangy, slightly spicy but oh-so-delicious falling off the bone goodness in your hands.

bbq ribs

5 from 1 vote
bbq ribs
Smoked BBQ Ribs With Spice Rub
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hr 10 mins
Total Time
4 hr 30 mins

Smoked BBQ Ribs & Tangy Spice Rub is the perfect recipe to pull out at your next big BBQ. It's tender pork ribs rubbed with seasoning and slowly smoked to perfection until they're practically falling off the bone. Then you smother them in your favorite BBQ sauce for a finger-licking meal you'll crave!

Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 528 kcal
  • 1 rack Smithfield Extra Tender St. Louis Ribs membrane removed
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  1. In a bowl, mix together spice rub (brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard, onion powder, cayenne). Rub mixture on to both sides of ribs evenly. 

  2. Heat coals in grill chimney, and empty them onto one side of the grill only. Place a small tin (oven safe) on the other side to catch the drippings from the ribs. 

  3. Place ribs on opposite side of the coals, over the tin. Cover grill and allow to ribs to cook for 2 hours. Then remove ribs from grill and place them on a sheet of aluminum foil, leaving enough foil on the sides to tent the ribs. 

  4. Drizzle ribs with honey and apple cider. Place butter on top of ribs. Close foil and place ribs back onto grill for an additional 2 hours, or until meat starts easily separating from the bone. 

  5. Remove ribs from foil and place them directly back onto the grill. Cover each side evenly with BBQ sauce, and cook an additional 10 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

*You need a charcoal grill for this recipe. Depending on the size of the grill, you  may have to add coals part way through to maintain the heat*

*If you don't have a charcoal grill, you can light one side of a gas grill only*

*The grill should maintain a temperature of 225-250F*

*You're dealing with hot ribs a few times in this recipe, be prepared with oven mitts and a big spatula. You might also want a sheet pan to carry the hot ribs on!*

*Nutrition Facts May Vary Slightly Depending on BBQ Sauce*

Nutrition Facts
Smoked BBQ Ribs With Spice Rub
Amount Per Serving
Calories 528 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 1303mg 54%
Potassium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 21g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 3%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • David @ Spiced

    Now these ribs look amazing! You are welcome to borrow my grill anytime you'd like if payment is a rack of these ribs! (Of course, I'm back up here in New that's a bit of a drive.) The weather is finally starting to warm up here in NY, and I'm thinking these ribs need to go on the top of our grilling list. Thanks for sharing! #client
    • Jacqui

      Thanks so much! I'm so glad you like them! I'm definitely planning on making these for my family next time I visit up north. I can't believe how fast these went the first time! :)
  • Sammie

    These ribs are awesome. When I first saw the photo on Twitter I thought it was Salmon, all that gorgeous flaky meat. When I realised it was ribs ooh I fell in love! Pinned for when it's warm enough to BBQ here in England!
  • Reynold

    BBQ ribs are always the best to eat with your family and best buddies. I wanna try your recipe for the next catch up. Thanks for sharing.

Leave a Comment

Simple Share Buttons