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Smoked Apple Butter Ribs

These sweet and savory smoked apple butter ribs are worth the wait. Settle in for a long smoke and enjoy these juicy, tender ribs.

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Cooking for 2 people


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

Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

  • 1 bottle 18 oz. of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 0.5 cup apple butter
  • 0.25 cup apple juice

1 Food Prep

Combine BBQ dry rub in a small bowl and mix well.

Remove the membrane from the bone side of your beef ribs, then rub the ribs with apple butter. Season both sides of your ribs liberally with the BBQ dry rub.

Next, stir your apple butter BBQ sauce ingredients in a small saucepan to combine. Warm your mixture 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 your BBQ sauce until it’s ready to use, or place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Original Charcoal Briquets and adding 2 handfuls of Kingsford® Wood Chips with Hickory or Cherry to get the best smoke.*

Method: Two-Zone Fire: Parallel Configuration

Temp: 250°F (Low Heat)

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate thoroughly.

  • Place your ribs on the grill directly above the water pan. Cover your grill and allow your ribs to smoke for approximately 5–5½ hours until tender. Tender ribs should bend at a 45 degree angle when held on one end with tongs.

  • When your ribs are ready, remove them from the smoker or grill, let them rest for at least 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

  • *Alternatively, you can use a smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Clint Cantwell

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

1 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Flavor Simple preparation. Sweet, juicy ribs. If you like sweet sauces on meats, you'll love this recipe.
Date published: 2023-08-22
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