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Jamaican Jerk Ribs

  • Yields: 4 Servings
  • Cook time: 5 h
  • Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 slabs St. Louis spare ribs


Combine the first 11 ingredients in a large bowl and blend well. Remove the membrane from the ribs and season liberally on both sides with the jerk dry rub.

Prepare smoker or grill for indirect cooking, adding 3–4 of your favorite wood chunks to the charcoal briquets. Adjust smoker or grill vents to bring the temperature to approximately 250°F. Place ribs on the smoker or grill, cover and allow them to cook until tender, approximately 4–4½ hours. Remove from heat and serve.

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