Spare ribs

Smoked Spare Ribs

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These smoked spare ribs are a crowd favorite and the recipe can be easily multiplied. They are great in the fall, especially for a football party. The sweet and spicy flavoring hits that taste buds just right bringing you back for more. When setting up the ribs on your smoker, make sure that there is plenty of room between your racks to allow the smoke to circulate.

Smoking spare ribs
Spare ribs finished slab
Spare ribs

Spare ribs

Smoked Spare Ribs

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Servings 3


  • Smoker


  • 1 slab of spare ribs
  • Grill Your Ass Off Infidel Pork Rub or your favorite rub
  • 5 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Strawberry jalapeño pepper jam or your favorite pepper jelly


  • Fire up your smoker to 250-275. I used my Cotton Gin drum smoker which tends to run a little hotter than other smokers. I like to use post oak for my smoking wood, but apple or cherry work just as well.
  • Remove membrane from underside of ribs.
  • Season both sides of the ribs liberally with Infidel Pork Rub and let the ribs rest on the counter for about 30 minutes to let the rub sweat into the meat.
  • Once the smoker reaches temp, place your ribs meat side up on the rack and let them smoke for about 2 1/2 hours or until ribs reach about 150-160 degrees.
  • When ribs are ready to wrap, lay down a sheet of foil and place 4-5 pats of butter on the foil. Then drizzle some honey over the butter and lay the ribs meat side down on the butter and honey mixture. You could also use brown sugar, agave, or maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Wrap the ribs tightly in the foil and place them back on the smoker for another hour or so or until ribs reach a temp of about 200 degrees. The meat should be pulled back from the bones at this point.
  • Remove the ribs from the foil and place directly on the smoker. Then glaze the ribs with the pepper jam and let them smoke for another 15-20 minutes or until the glaze is nice and tacky.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  • Slice them and enjoy!
Keyword Smoked, Spare Ribs

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Just a regular guy who loves to cook. Grilling, smoking, and griddling in the suburbs of Chicago

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