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1 Prepare grill* for indirect cooking, placing a water filled aluminum half pan in the center of the charcoal grate and placing preheated charcoal briquets on each side of the pan. Add 3–4 chunks of your favorite smoking wood to the charcoal briquets and adjust the grill vents to bring the temperature to 250°F.
2 Combine salt, paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper in a small bowl and blend well. Remove the membrane from the bone side of the ribs then rub the ribs with apple butter, and season both sides of the ribs liberally with the BBQ dry rub. Place the ribs on the grill directly above the water pan.
3 Cover and allow the ribs to smoke for approximately 5–5½ hours until tender (note: ribs should bend at a 45 degree angle when held on one end with tongs). Remove the ribs from the smoker or grill, slice and serve.
4 * Alternatively you can use a smoker according to manufacturer’s instructions
5 Apple Butter BBQ Sauce: Place ingredients in a small saucepan, stir to combine, then warm over medium-low heat for approximately 5 minutes until most of the juice has reduced and the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Set aside until ready to use or place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.
Cooking for 2 people


  • kosher salt
    1 tablespoon
  • smoked paprika
    1 tablespoon
  • brown sugar
    1 tablespoon
  • chili powder
    ½ tablespoon
  • dry mustard
    1 teaspoon
  • onion powder
    1 teaspoon
  • garlic powder
    1 teaspoon
  • ground black pepper
    ½ teaspoon
  • St. Louis spare ribs
    1 rack
  • apple butter
    ¼ cup
  • Apple Butter BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)

Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

  • your favorite BBQ sauce
    1 bottle (18 oz.)
  • apple butter
    ½ cup
  • apple juice
    ¼ cup
Credit: Clint Cantwell

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