Carolina Style Ribs


Mustard-based sauces are definitively South Carolina — this one will definitely satisfy your needs. This recipe is for the big fatty ribs, not the baby backs. Do not trim the fat from the ribs. This method renders out fat and keeps ribs moist.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins


  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • cup fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 2 cups prepared mustard

  • 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon white pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 racks pork spareribs

  • ½ cup barbeque seasoning, or to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lemon juice, white vinegar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, and mustard. Season with garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, white pepper, and cayenne pepper; mix well and set aside.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill or smoker to 225 to 250 degrees F (110 to 120 degrees C).

  3. Rub ribs liberally with barbeque seasoning, then place them in the smoker or grill, and cover. Cook for 4 hours, or until very tender. The meat will easily separate from the bone. Baste ribs with mustard sauce liberally during the final 30 minutes. Heat remaining sauce to a boil and serve on the side.


If you do not have a smoker available, this can also be done in the oven.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

750 Calories
51g Fat
24g Carbs
49g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 750
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g 65%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 192mg 64%
Sodium 3406mg 148%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 49g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 808mg 17%

* 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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