Asian Style BBQ St. Louis Ribs


Cinnamon, anise, cloves, and Szechuan peppercorns bring Asian-inspired flavor to these tender, slow-grilled St. Louis-style spareribs.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


Dry Rub:

  • ½ cup kosher salt

  • cup light brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground anise seed or fennel seed

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

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

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

  • 2 cups hoisin barbecue sauce


  1. About 30 minutes before smoking, make the dry rub. Combine all rub ingredients in a coffee grinder; grind until smooth. Generously coat both sides of ribs with rub. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking at 275 degrees F. Add drained wood chips, if using.

  3. Place the ribs, meaty side up, 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 2 hours more over indirect heat, until very tender. Add more coals as needed to maintain temperature for a charcoal grill.

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

  6. Serve ribs with remaining barbecue sauce.


Recipe by BBQ Pit Master, Tuffy Stone.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1316 Calories
85g Fat
76g Carbs
59g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 85g 108%
Saturated Fat 30g 152%
Cholesterol 279mg 93%
Sodium 13698mg 596%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 59g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 992mg 21%

* 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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