Smoked Spare Ribs

September 21, 2022

Prep Time

2 hrs

Grill Time

3 hrs 30 mins

Total Time

5 hrs 30 mins


These Smoked Spare Ribs are well worth the wait...They take about 5.5 hours, so we had to get busy! We rubbed the ribs down with our Crove Pork Rub & Seasoning, and then get the smoker ready. We put the ribs on the Traeger and used Cowboy Charcoal Brand “Charcoal & Applewood” pellets to smoke them with.



Spare Ribs


cup Apple Juice









Brown Sugar

Crove Food Co. Pork Rub and Seasoning





Step 1

Start by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs. Use a paper towel to help you do this. Use mustard or olive oil to act as a binder for the rub to stick to the meat. Liberally apply the pork rub to the meat and let it sit out at room temperature while you prepare your smoker to 250 degrees.

Step 2

Once the smoker is up to temperature, smoke the ribs for 3 hours over your preferred wood. Every 30 – 45 minutes, spray the ribs with apple juice or apple cider vinegar to keep them moist.

Step 3

After three hours, lay out two sheets of aluminum foil. Prepare a bed of butter, brown sugar, and honey on the bottom and lay your ribs over the bed. Add more honey, butter, and brown sugar to the top as well as a spray of apple juice.

Step 4

After 1.5-2 hours wrapped up, remove the ribs from the foil and place on the smoker. Reserve the liquid from the inside of the aluminum foil. Mix your favorite BBQ sauce with the juice from the aluminum foil to create a glaze and glaze the ribs. Let the glaze set on the ribs for 15-20 minutes and remove.

Step 5

Let the ribs rest for 10-15 minutes and enjoy!

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  1. Jim on 02/16/2023 at 5:28 pm

    Question: After the 3 hour smoke, the ribs are wrapped in foil as described. Do they go back in the smoker for another 1.5-2 hours, or just rest at room temperature before they’re unwrapped and go back on the smoker? I’ve found that ribs get fall-apart (too) tender if foiled for much over an hour.

    • Emily Astin on 02/21/2023 at 2:53 pm

      Wrap and go back in the smoker! You can alter times to your tenderness liking.

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