smoked pork spare ribs
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Smoked Pork Sparer Ribs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Justin McChesney-Wachs


  • 1 full rack of pork spare ribs Cleaned
  • Slather Canola oil or mustard
  • 1/4 cup pork rib rub (see below)
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce

Rib Rub (Make about 1/4 rub cup per rack)

  • 2 parts black pepper (coarse)
  • 1 part kosher salt
  • whatever other spices you want paprika, granulated garlic, granulated onion, cayenne, chili


Prep the ribs

  • Coat the rib rack in a slather, then evenly coat with about 1/4 cup dry rub.
  • Prep the smoker to 275 degrees F with a water drip pan and wood chunks.
  • Place the ribs (meat side towards the hotter part of the smoker) in the smoker. Spritz about every 30 minutes, or whenever moisture needs to be added.
  • Smoke for about 3 hours. Check the color. If they look beautifully browned, they are ready for sauce.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and place on a sheet pan. Spritz all sides and apply a coating of bbq sauce on both sides of the rib rack. Place back in the smoker for another 15 minutes, then flip for 15 more minutes.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and wrap tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Place the wrapped ribs back in the smoker (or oven) and cook for about 1 1/2 to 2 more hours, or until they reached desired tenderness.
  • Rest for about 30 minutes wrapped in the foil until serving.


The recipe is for a single rack of ribs, but it can easily be scaled up (which I would highly recommend).