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Clay's Sunday Spare Ribs

Smoked and grilled spare ribs are fun to cook and the egg does a good job of keeping them moist and tender.   I\'m cooking hotter with shorter times for the most flavorful spare ribs that I have ever made.  Here is my spare rib recipe for a Sunday afternoon BBQ for you to enjoy!


Two meaty and well trimmed St. Louis cut spare ribs

Yellow mustard

Seasoning rub of your choice

BBQ sauce (optional)

Clay\'s Rib Juice (basting sauce)

1 cup apple juice

1 cup light olive oil or canola oil

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard

2 Tablespoons chili powder

4 teaspoons Morton Nature\'s Seasons Blend seasoning salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)


Make the Rib Juice for basting a day ahead.  Simply whisk together the ingredients and store in the refrigerator in a plastic squirt bottle.  Take out to warm up to room temp before using.   The Rib Juice will help keep the meat moist and tender and is also great for "dry ribs".

Plan on cooking 2 1/2 hours.  Load the firebox mixing in smoking wood if you like smoke flavor.  Start the cooker 45 min. ahead of when you plan on cooking so it is fully heated and stable at 350 degrees with an indirect setup and a raised grid.  Plate setter legs up, drip pan on plate setter and grid on legs is a standard indirect setup.    I like hickory or apple wood when smoking spare ribs.

Trim off excess fat from spare ribs, remove the membrane from the bone side and using a spoon, scrape off fat deposits along bone.  Lightly slather yellow mustard then dust with seasoning rub to both sides.

Place the two spare ribs flat, bone side down and side by side in the cooker.  Check dome temp as there might be a drop in temp from the cold ribs.   Slight adjustment to the vent may be necessary to slowly get back up to 350 degrees.  Cook for one hour.

Flip spare ribs to bone side up, baste bone side with Rib Juice and cook for another hour.

Remove ribs and change setup to direct heat raised grid.  It is important to be at or near gasket level with the grid when grilling direct so the spare ribs do not burn.   Set spare ribs back in the cooker bone side down and baste Rib Juice on meat side.  Grill for 10 minutes.  The cooker will jump up in temp,  keep under 400 degrees.

Flip ribs bone side up and continue basting with Rib Juice or you can brush on BBQ sauce at this time.  Grill for 10 minutes.

Flip ribs bone side down, baste with Rib Juice or brush on BBQ sauce to meat side and grill for 10 more minutes.  Then your done!

Allow the ribs to cool for a few minutes before serving while your family and friends go crazy with anticipation.  Enjoy!     

Notes:Watch your temps and hot spots. Rotate accordingly. This recipe is for spare ribs, not for baby backs which is a different cut of rib. Make a raised grid or buy one, it\'s worth it for many types of cooks including this one. Good luck, have fun!
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Date:Sat 03 Sep 2011 16:29:22 UTCViewed:7553 times
Rating:3,40 (5 votes)

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TradcookComment added on: Mon 05 Sep 2011 16:07:45 UTC
What are the ingredients for Clay's Rib Juice? Where is that recipe?
Clay QComment added on: Wed 07 Sep 2011 13:08:58 UTC
Clay's Rib Juice recipe is here. Starts with; 1 cup apple juice
Ends with; 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder optional. Excellent as a finishing sauce as well as basing.
Tip...The ends of a rib rack can sometimes be at the outside edge of the grid and exposed to more heat. Adding alum. foil on the grid just under the rib end will help prevent overcooking.
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