Slow-Smoked Pork Spareribs


Slow-smoked ribs are rubbed with a sweet and spicy dry rub, cooked over red wine and fruits, then finished on the grill with a sticky barbecue sauce for irresistible pork spareribs.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 55 mins


  • ¼ cup kosher salt

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup paprika

  • 3 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

  • 16 pounds pork spareribs

  • 1 apple, quartered

  • 1 orange, cut into wedges

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

  • 1 onion, cut into wedges

  • 3 cups red wine

  • 3 cups water

  • cooking spray

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup lime juice


  1. Combine salt, brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and celery seed in a bowl; set aside.

  2. Remove all heavy fat from ribs, then remove and discard the membrane covering the rib side. Cut the slabs into 3- to 4-bone portions, cutting evenly between the ribs to leave some meat on each portion.

  3. Rub spice mixture into rib portions, front and back, until all of the spice mixture has been used. Place ribs into a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate, 4 hours to overnight. Letting ribs sit overnight will give them the best flavor.

  4. When ready to cook, fill the water pan of your smoker with apple, orange, lemon, lime, onion, red wine, and water. If you do not have a water pan, place the ingredients into a metal bowl, and set the bowl on the drip tray, above the heat source. Smoke with wood chips of your choice at 250 to 300 degrees F (120 to 150 degrees C) until the ribs are no longer pink, and the meat easily pulls from the bone, 4 to 6 hours or more depending on the smoker and temperature. Change the wood chips according to manufacturer's directions.

  5. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-low heat, and lightly oil the grate. Stir together ketchup, soy sauce, and lime juice in a bowl to make a barbeque sauce; set aside.

  6. After ribs are fully cooked, remove them from the smoker, and brush them with barbeque sauce. Cook on the preheated grill, brushing occasionally with the sauce, until the sauce has become sticky and infused into the ribs, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

878 Calories
61g Fat
15g Carbs
59g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 878
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 61g 78%
Saturated Fat 22g 111%
Cholesterol 240mg 80%
Sodium 1924mg 84%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 59g
Vitamin C 18mg 88%
Calcium 129mg 10%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 869mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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