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BBQ Spare Ribs


  • 1 Rack of Pork Spare Ribs, room temperature
  • Grilla Grills All Purpose Rub
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Grilla Grills Gold n Bold BBQ Sauce


  • Preheat your smoker to 225°
  • Peel the skin from the back of the ribs
  • Even coat the ribs with mustard
  • Generously apply the Grilla Grills AP Rub
  • Place the ribs into the smoker for 3 hours
  • Remove the ribs and cover with foil
    • Return to the smoker for 2 hours
  • Remove the ribs from the grill and remove the foil as well
  • Coat the ribs with the Grilla Grilla Gold n Bold BBQ Sauce
    • Return to the smoker for 1 hour
  • Take the ribs off the grill
    • Let rest for 10 minutes
  • Enjoy!

Who doesn’t love a good rack of BBQ spare ribs? With your Grilla Grill, you can whip up spare ribs that are competition-ready any night of the week.

Our recipe for BBQ spare ribs may be simple, but the taste of the meat is truly complex. Bookmark this fan favorite so you can refer to it again later.

Picking an Outstanding Rack of Ribs

If you’re used to buying ribs already seasoned or even pre-cooked, you might not be sure how to select a rack of ribs. Let us help with some tips:

  • Look for a slab of ribs with little bone showing through: It’s okay if you can see a bit of bone, but you don’t want overly bony spare ribs. They’ll cook too fast and won’t have enough juicy meat to satisfy eaters’ cravings.
  • Buy fresh spare ribs: Fresh meat is always preferable to meat that was previously frozen. Can’t tell if a slab was frozen and recently thawed? Ask your butcher or someone in your grocer’s meat department about the history of the pork ribs you’re considering.
  • Accept some fat, but not a totally fatty cut: You want to see much more meat on the bone than fat distribution. Sure, fat will be in your rack of ribs. But all fat and little meat won’t lead to an outstanding finish.
  • Purchase enough slabs to fuel your crowd: Be honest with yourself when purchasing racks of pork ribs. How much will your family or guests actually eat? It’s a common mistake to pick up too few pork rib slabs. Remember that some people can eat two slabs alone, depending on their appetites.

Ways to Mix up This Recipe for BBQ Spare Ribs

As always, we like to share quick and inventive swaps so you can whip up BBQ spare ribs that have a signature flavor and aroma. Try some of these easy alternatives to dazzle your crew:

  • Experiment with different rubs: The Grilla Grills online store sells plenty of rubs, so you’ll never run out of ways to mix and match.
  • Make your own mustard: While we recommend using a trustworthy dijon mustard, any mustard will do. Homemade mustards are surprisingly straightforward to make, and you can include a variety of ingredients such as horseradish or honey.
  • Try a different type of BBQ sauce: The Gold n Bold BBQ sauce is a must-have for your pantry. Still, it’s not the only sauce on the block. Have fun discovering other sauces to cover your meat.
  • Switch up the pellets you use: Your pork ribs are going to be on the Grilla or Silverbac for a few hours. In that time, they’ll absorb the smokiness of their environment. This allows you to infuse them with the subtle tones of any fuel, such as apple or hickory pellets.

If you haven’t had BBQ spare ribs in a while, you owe yourself this treat!

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