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Smoked BBQ Ribs With Spice Rub
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 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
Author: DishingDelish.com
  • 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*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 1303mg57%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.