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"515" Southern-Style St. Louis Ribs

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Cayenne pepper supplies the heat; brown sugar and honey impart a sweet counterbalance in these tender, southern-style grilled ribs."
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5 h 20 m servings 820
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. About one hour before smoking, make the dry rub. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, garlic, chili powder, kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne and coriander in a small bowl. Pat ribs dry with paper towels; sprinkle both sides of each rack with the rub. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Heat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking at 250 degrees F. to 300 degrees F. Add drained wood chips, if using.
  3. Place the ribs, meaty side up, over a drip pan and cook 2 hours. Add about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, combine vinegar, honey, ketchup, remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, paprika, sea salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly thickened. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
  5. Continue cooking ribs 1 to 2 more hours until very tender, spraying on both sides with apple juice every 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Brush ribs with sauce; continue cooking for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is set. Turn ribs and repeat with more sauce.
  7. Cut the racks into 3- or 4-rib sections and serve. Pass any remaining sauce at the table.


  • Serving Suggestions: You can make these deliciously tangy ribs even more so by adding some hot sauce to the sauce mixture. On the side, go classic-a cooling, creamy cole slaw and cornbread slathered with honey butter.
  • Recipe by BBQ Pit Master, Moe Cason

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 820 calories; 54 45.9 37.7 184 1585 Full nutrition

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These ribs rate towards the top! No wrapping ribs in foil here, and you must mist the ribs with Apple Juice regularly to prevent them from drying out. I suggest you keep a fire chimney going wi...

My family could not eat these fast enough. Wonderful recipe!!!

First time cooking ribs. Followed the recipe and made no changes. My family loved it.