How to Smoke Spare Ribs on the Grill

If you follow along with this simple “how to smoke spare ribs” on the grill tutorial, you’ll end up with delicious, tender pork ribs that will have them going back for seconds, thirds, and more!

You will need

  • Spare Ribs
  • Your favorite rub
  • Apple Juice
  • Foil
  • BBQ sauce

How to Smoke Spare Ribs On The Grill (Grill Dome Kamado)

Start off by setting up your grill. To smoke meat on a BBQ grill, you will need to create an “indirect heat” zone. This means the meat is not cooked directly over hot charcoal, but by radiant heat. If your grill supports a deflector plate, install that. Otherwise, you can create an indirect zone by positioning all of the charcoal on one side of the pit, and cooking over the opposite side.

Place a dripping pan underneath the racks to collect the juices, and fire up the grill. Stabilize the temperature at around 250ºF.

Prepare your spare rib rack and season with any BBQ rub you like (a pecan rub will work great).

For this cook you can follow the 3-2-1 method: 3 hours of smoke, then wrapping the ribs in foil with added apple juice for moisture and cooking for 2 hours, and finally 1 hour unwrapped & sauced. If you want to learn more about the 3-2-1 method and cooking times, check out this helpful guide: 3-2-1 Ribs Method Explained

If you follow this how-to, you’ll end up with delicious, tender short ribs that will have you going back for seconds!


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