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Smoked Spare Ribs

Smoked Spare Ribs make the perfect tailgating food! We served them at the Knoxville Tailgate Tour stop. They take about 5.5 hours to cook, so we had to get busy! We rubbed the ribs down with our Crove Pork Rub & Seasoning, and then get the smoker ready. We put the ribs on the smoker and used Cowboy Charcoal Brand “Charcoal & Applewood” pellets to smoke them with.


• 1 rack of Spare Ribs
• 1 cup Apple Juice
• 4 tablespoons of Butter
• 1 tablespoon of Honey
• 1 tablespoon of Brown Sugar
Crove Food Co. Pork Rub & Seasoning
• 1 tablespoon of Mustard


1. Start by removing the membrane from the back of the ribs. Use a paper towel to help you do this. Use mustard or olive oil to act as a binder for the rub to stick to the meat. Liberally apply the pork rub to the meat and let it sit out at room temperature while you prepare your smoker to 250 degrees.
2. Once the smoker is up to temperature, smoke the ribs for 3 hours over your preferred wood. Every 30 – 45 minutes, spray the ribs with apple juice or apple cider vinegar to keep them moist.
3. After three hours, lay out two sheets of aluminum foil. Prepare a bed of butter, brown sugar, and honey on the bottom and lay your ribs over the bed. Add more honey, butter, and brown sugar to the top as well as a spray of apple juice.
4. After 1.5-2 hours wrapped up, remove the ribs from the foil and place on the smoker. Reserve the liquid from the inside of the aluminum foil. Mix your favorite BBQ sauce with the juice from the aluminum foil to create a glaze and glaze the ribs. Let the glaze set on the ribs for 15-20 minutes and remove.
5. Let the ribs rest for 10-15 minutes and enjoy!

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