How to Make BBQ Spare Ribs

How to Make BBQ Spare Ribs

  • I like to soak my spare ribs in a apple cider and lemon juice marinade before I apply the dry rub. I put 4 cups of apple cider and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a roasting pan and let the spare rib soak for 1-2 hours.
  • Dry off the spare ribs with paper towels and discard the apple cider and lemon juice.
  • Apply a generous amount of dry rub to coat each side of the spare rib and be sure to rub it into the meat.


  • I like to soak my spare ribs in a apple cider and lemon juice marinade before I apply the dry rub. I put 4 cups of apple cider and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a roasting pan and let the spare rib soak for 1-2 hours.
  • Dry off the spare ribs with paper towels and discard the apple cider and lemon juice.
  • Apply a generous amount of dry rub to coat each side of the spare rib and be sure to rub it into the meat.


  • I wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator overnight.  Make sure that it stays in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

NOTE: The smoking can take around 4-5 hours for a 5 lbs rack.

  • Setup your grill for indirect heat (I use the plate setter on my Big Green Egg) at around 225 degrees and add some hickory chunks and apply wood chips to the lump coal. I like to mix the hickory and apple wood chips throughout the lump coal to ensure a more continuous smoke.
  • Place the ribs over indirect heat when smoke begins to form in the grill or smoker and close the lid
  • Maintain the temperature at around 225 degrees.
  • I use a spray bottle (or a BBQ mop) to apply some apple cider to the ribs every half hour during the smoking process to keep them moist. You may need to add some extra charcoal and wood chips every hour or so to maintain temperature and smoke.
  • 20 minutes before the ribs are done, brush them with some of the BBQ sauce and close the lid.
  • The ribs will be done when the meat has begun to shrink back from the bones a bit (use an instant read thermometer to make sure they are over 170 degrees.
  • Remove from grill or smoker and sprinkle on some more dry rub and add a bit more BBQ sauce and cover with aluminum foil. Let the ribs rest for 5-10 minutes or so before eating.


 I hope you enjoy your BBQ Spare Ribs.  I like to hear from you....so please give me feedback.  I will be posting other versions of Dry Rubs and BBQ Sauce that I use.  So, please check back.

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