Not Your Every Day Smoked Pork Spare Ribs Recipe -
Not Your Every Day Smoked Pork Spare Ribs Recipe
  • READY IN 12 hr

Not Your Every Day Smoked Pork Spare Ribs

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"Our family's favorite. Slightly sweet and spicy with a light non-tomato based baste, that doesn't overpower the delicious falling-off the bone meat. We have also used this recipe on pork shoulders.. Devine!! BBQ sauce is never needed, but if you must, only use your favorite! Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    8 hrs
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    12 hrs


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder, kosher salt, cumin, cinnamon, jalapeno seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Rub generously onto the pork spareribs. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  2. Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat, or preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). While the grill heats up, prepare the mop sauce. In a medium bowl, stir together the apple cider, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, lemon juice, jalapeno, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. When the coals are gray and ashed over, place 2 handfuls of soaked woodchips directly on them. Place the ribs on the grill grate bone side down. Cover, and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Add more coals as needed. Baste with the mop sauce, and throw handfuls of soaked woodchips onto the coals every hour. Keep the temperature of the grill or smoker from going below 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Ribs are done when the rub has created a wonderful crispy blackened 'bark', and the meat has pulled away from the bone. Discard any leftover mop sauce.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 25, 2007

I use this recipe with pork and only use the dry rub part of the recipe. I find that the meat comes out so moist and delicious that there's really no need for the mop sauce. I also add a little more cinammon and paprika than the recipe calls for as I find this really gives a wonderful warmth at the back of your throat. I would recommend this recipe to anyone!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 05, 2011

3 people in family liked, 2 didn't. I left out the cumin and the wood chips. I doubled the recipe...I personally liked the taste but didn't give 5 stars because not everyone in my house enjoyed them.

Apr 23, 2007

Very good rub, omitted the cayenne. Rinsed ribs in apple cider vinegar then boiled them for 45 mins. in water and 1c apple cider. Rubbed them wrapped them in foil sprayed with pam grilled at 250/275 for 45 mins removed foil and grilled for another 15 or so mins. Meat fell off the bone! Great flavor, thank you!

Aug 02, 2006

Very intense flavor. I smoked mine for 3-4 hours, then wrapped them in foil for a 1/2 hour to rest them. The meat comes off the bone and is meltingly tender to the last morsel. I saved the mop, boiled to reduce and served alongside the ribs.

Jul 30, 2006

The rub has an intense flavor. Excellent!

May 15, 2008

We have an electric smoker so we used that. We used a piece of cherry wood and a smaller piece of apple wood for the smoke flavor. I didn't add any of the cayenne pepper and we didn't use the mop sauce at all. When the ribs were finished we applied a thin layer of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce and finished them off. These ribs were to die for! After a few weeks of having them, the guests are still raving about them.

Jun 07, 2008

Delicious! I did not use the mop sauce, but instead just rubbed the meat with the spice rub and let marinade for a few hours. Baked at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours and finished off on the grill for approx. 30 mintes = PERFECT RIBS! This rub is fabulous and had everyone asking for my "secret recipe." Thanks so much - this is a keeper!

Apr 22, 2008

My Husband and I have NEVER cooked ribs before, so we tried this recipe. It was EASY and WONDERFUL!!!!! We cut down the chili powder and didnt add the hot sauce to the Mop Sauce because I have a baby mouth, but they still had a bite to them, and were TERRIFIC!!! We deffinately will use this recipe again! Its saved in my recipe box!!!


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  • Calories
  • 927 kcal
  • 46%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 240 mg
  • 80%
  • Fat
  • 61.1 g
  • 94%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 59.4 g
  • 119%
  • Sodium
  • 1506 mg
  • 60%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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