Sam's Recipes

Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs Recipe

8 servings


45 minutes

active time

7 hours 30 minutes

total time


2 tablespoons coarse salt

2 tablespoons ground black pepper

1 tablespoon garlic granules

1 tablespoon onion granules

2 tablespoons paprika

1 cup apple juice

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce

1 stick melted unsalted butter

2 3 to 3 ½ pound spare ribs (trimmed)

4 tablespoons yellow or Dijon mustard


Preheat the smoker to 240° to 250°.

Rub: Combine all of the ingredients and set aside.

Spritzer: Add the apple juice, cider, and water to a spray bottle and shake. Set aside.

Sauce: In a small saucepot, add the BBQ sauce, butter, and 1 cup of the spitzer mix. Keep warm.

Rub the mustard all over both sides of the ribs creating a thin layer.

Next, generously season the ribs on both sides with the rub. See Notes.

Add the ribs to the smoker and cook for 1 hour. Spray the ribs with 8-10 sprays of the spritzer.

Repeat this process for the next 90 minutes then cook for 30 more minutes.

After 3 hours total of smoking time, remove the ribs.

Pour about ½ cup of the mixed sauce over the ribs and rub it in on all sides.

1Add about ¼ cup of the mixed BBQ sauce onto the center of a large sheet of heavy-duty foil or peach paper where the ribs are going to go and place ribs bone side up to the top of the sauce on the foil and wrap them extremely tight by folding over and covering up the ribs.

1Place the ribs back on the smoker bone side up and cook for 3 hours or until they are done. See Notes.

1Remove the ribs from the smoker and let rest in the foil for 30-45 minutes before slicing and serving.

1Serve ribs with BBQ sauce on the side.


Serving Size

8 g


645.42 kcal

Total Fat

51.76 g

Saturated Fat

16.54 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



174.7 mg


2102.82 mg

Total Carbohydrate

8.31 g

Dietary Fiber

1.54 g

Total Sugars

4.08 g


34.84 g

8 servings


45 minutes

active time

7 hours 30 minutes

total time
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