Kansas City Style St. Louis Ribs


Barbecue-seasoned St. Louis ribs are grilled slowly over low heat and brushed with Kansas City-style barbecue sauce.

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


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

  • Vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup favorite barbecue seasoning rub

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


  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle ketchup

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup light molasses

  • 1 tablespoon chili seasoning blend

  • 2 teaspoons hickory liquid smoke

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice


  1. About one hour before smoking, coat both sides of ribs with a little vegetable oil and sprinkle with barbecue 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. 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.

  5. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

  6. Remove ribs from grill and unwrap. Place ribs over direct heat on grill and brush with Kansas City-style barbecue sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce is set. Turn ribs and repeat with more sauce.


Recipe by BBQ Pit Master, Moe Cason.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1475 Calories
87g Fat
122g Carbs
58g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1475
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 87g 112%
Saturated Fat 31g 153%
Cholesterol 275mg 92%
Sodium 4631mg 201%
Total Carbohydrate 122g 44%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 110g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 239mg 18%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1688mg 36%

* 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.