Traditional Rub for St. Louis Ribs


A brown sugar, paprika, dry mustard, and coriander make a savory dry rub for these slowly grilled, tender St. Louis-style spareribs.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
4 servings


Dry Rub:

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons granulated garlic powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 racks Smithfield® Extra Tender St. Louis Pork Spareribs, membrane removed

  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil

  • 1 cup Handful hickory or apple wood chips for smoking, soaked in water and drained

  • ¾ cup apple juice, in a spray bottle


  1. About one hour before smoking, make the dry rub. Combine sugar, paprika, mustard, salt, garlic, onion powder and coriander in small bowl; mix well. Coat both sides of ribs with a little vegetable oil and sprinkle with seasoning rub. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.

  2. Heat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking at 230 to 250 degrees F. Add drained wood chips, if using.

  3. Place the ribs, meaty side down, over a drip pan and cook for 2 hours. If desired, spray both sides of ribs with apple juice. Add about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.

  4. Remove ribs from grill. Double-wrap each rack in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Return wrapped ribs to the grill and cook for 1 1/2 to 3 hours more over indirect heat, until very tender. Add more coals as needed to maintain temperature for a charcoal grill.


Recipe by BBQ Pit Master, Moe Cason.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1098 Calories
85g Fat
24g Carbs
57g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1098
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 85g 109%
Saturated Fat 30g 152%
Cholesterol 276mg 92%
Sodium 1583mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 57g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 144mg 11%
Iron 21mg 114%
Potassium 1016mg 22%

* 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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