Larry's Smoked BBQ Spare Ribs


Slow-smoked BBQ ribs.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
9 servings


  • apple wood chips

Rib Rub:

  • ½ cup paprika

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 3 racks pork spareribs

  • 3 cups apple juice (Optional)

  • 3 cups barbeque sauce


  1. Prepare an indirect fire with charcoal in a smoker or grill, according to manufacturer's instructions. Once the coals get going, add wood chips. Maintain a temperature of 230 to 260 degrees F (110 to 127 degrees F).

  2. Meanwhile, mix paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until well combined. Spread rub all over ribs, making sure not to miss any spots.

  3. Place ribs on the preheated smoker or grill on the opposite side of the fire. Cover and smoke ribs, adding wood chips as needed to maintain temperature, until rub has set and looks dry, 1 to 2 hours. Baste with apple juice and continue to cook, basting every 30 minutes, for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours more.

  4. Brush BBQ sauce on both sides of the ribs, and cook for 15 minutes. Brush again, and cook until meat pulls away easily from the bone, 10 to 15 minutes longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Cook's Notes:

You can cut the ribs in the St. Louis style, if you like.

To prepare these in the oven, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Place ribs in a roasting pan and add 1/4 cup liquid smoke. Follow remaining directions for basting with apple juice and barbecue sauce.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of rub and barbecue sauce. The actual amount of rub and barbecue sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1253 Calories
82g Fat
48g Carbs
78g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 1253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 82g 104%
Saturated Fat 30g 148%
Cholesterol 321mg 107%
Sodium 1960mg 85%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 78g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1296mg 28%

* 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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