ST. LOUIS SPARE RIBS
F&L Market has pork spare ribs for .99 a pound, use this recipe to create mouth-watering ribs and pay close attention to foiling the ribs to make sure they get fall-off-the-bone tender!
- 5 to 6 pounds of spare ribs
- ½ cup favorite pork rub (F&L has many!)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup orange blossom honey
- ½ cup apple juice
- ½ cup Sweet Baby Rays
- Remove membrane from bone side of ribs. Place ribs on aluminum foil pan and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle both sides evenly with your rub about 2 tbsp of rub for each side. Let rest in refrigerator for 1 hour for rub to “sweat” into meat. Place ribs meat side up into 275 – 300 degree smoker with some hickory wood chips.
- After two hours and when crust has formed, remove from smoker and place meat side up on a sheet of aluminum foil. Sprinkle an even thin layer of brown sugar on meat. Drizzle honey next. Flip over so bone side is up. Repeat the brown sugar and honey step. Put 2 tbsp of apple juice at the bottom of the foil before folding the ribs up into a airtight pouch. Return to smoker and cook for another 1 ½ hours.
- After 3 ½ hours total cook time, unwrap the foil and check the ribs for doneness. Use a toothpick and poke the meat between the bones. If the toothpick slides in easily, the ribs are done. You can also tell it’s done when the meat pulls away about ½ inch from the ends of the bones. If not yet done, close the foil, return to smoker, and check back in 10 minutes. Repeat until ribs are done. Be patient while they tenderize. When done, remove from foil and paint on a thin layer of your favorite BBQ sauce. Return to smoker for 10 minutes for sauce to set.