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Smoked Pork Spare Ribs

Smoked Pork Spare Ribs

By Traeger Kitchen

As if ribs weren't perfect enough, adding a heaping helping of spices will thrill your eaters. Fire these up for your next neighborhood gathering.

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

4 Hours




Number of people serving


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Units of measurement:
2 Rack (6 lb) pork spare ribs, trimmed
3 Tablespoon Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub
1 Cup apple juice, cider or beer
16 Ounce Traeger BBQ Sauce


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 250℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 2

    If your butcher hasn't done so already, remove the silver-skin on the back of the ribs and trim off any excess fat.

  • 3

    Season the ribs on all sides with Traeger Pork & Poultry rub.

  • 4

    Arrange the racks of spare ribs on the grill grate, bone-side down and cook for 3 to 4 hours. After the first hour, spray the ribs with apple juice. Continue spraying every hour after that with apple juice.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 5

    Start checking the temp after 2 hours. The finished internal temperature should be 203°F, about 3 to 4 hours.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

    203 ˚F / 95 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 6

    When the internal temperature registers 203°F, brush the ribs on all sides with Traeger BBQ sauce of your choice. Return ribs to the grill and cook for an additional 30 to 60 minutes to tighten the sauce.


  • 7

    To serve, cut each slab in half or into individual ribs and serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side. Enjoy!

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