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3-2-1 Smoked St. Louis-Style Spareribs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author From various sources


  • 1 rack pork spareribs
  • BBQ rub I used Grub Rub
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar divided
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey divided
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • BBQ sauce I used our Sweet-n-spicy homemade sauce


  • Set up your smoker for cooking at 225 F. Add your wood of choice (I used cherry).
  • Trim the ribs St. Louis-style. There is an excellent tutorial on how to do this on the Virtual Weber Bullet.
  • Add rub to the ribs, rubbing into both sides of the slab.
  • Place ribs on smoker and smoke for 3 hours.
  • Remove ribs and place onto a large piece of aluminum foil.
  • Sprinkle top of ribs with half of the brown sugar and honey.
  • Flip and sprinkle bottom side with the remaining brown sugar and honey.
  • Pour apple juice over ribs and seal the foil.
  • Return ribs (in foil) to the smoker and cook another 2 hours.
  • Remove ribs from foil and place them on the smoker.
  • Baste with your favorite BBQ sauce and smoke up to another hour until meat starts to fall off of the bones, basting with more sauce as desired.
  • Let rest 10 minutes before serving.