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BBQ Sauce and Rub Pairing

Change is good, and we’re bringing you change you can taste. Our new lineup of rubs and sauces were revamped and perfectly crafted to elevate your BBQ. We’ve hand-picked ingredients that will naturally complement any wood-fired protein.


If you’ve got the beef, we’ll handle the flavor. We’ve got three new rubs that are calling your longhorn’s name.

Rub: Your three keys to happiness with this protein will come in the form of our Prime Rib, Coffee, and Beef rubs. Mix n’ match or find your go-to-- these rubs won’t disappoint.

Sauce: Now, let’s talk sauce. Our Texas Spicy sauce is our favorite sauce for slathering on burgers, glazing beef ribs or drinkin’ straight from the bottle. It’s that good.


You can add a few more uses to your Pork-tionary with our lineup for your hog. We’re bringin’ a little sweet to your meat.

Rub: We’ve got rubs to perfectly complement the sweet. Our Traeger and Pork & Poultry rubs were created to provide the perfect amount of savory to ribs, pulled pork, pork belly, you name it. If it starts with pig, the flavor is gonna be big.

Sauce: Get saucy with our Sugar Lips Glaze, Traeger ‘Que and Sweet & Heat sauces. Let your taste buds lead the way and use these to douse any pork cut with flavor sweet as candy.


We’re gonna make this easy for you. We’ve got one rub that won’t go out of style. No matter what part of the bird, our Chicken Rub is the word. This rub packs the best chicken you’ve ever had into one aluminum tin. So, stock up because it won’t be long before you’re out. Keep your bird moist with two sauces that’ll keep the crowd comin’ back for more. Our Apricot and Sweet & Heat sauces simply put, are forkin’ phenomenal.

Smoked Spare Ribs

by Traeger Kitchen

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

4 Hr





As if smoked spare ribs weren't hearty enough, adding a heaping helping of spices will thrill your eaters. Infused with rich smoky flavor, these Traeger spare ribs can be brined in apple juice, cider, or beer to enhance their flavor and tenderness. Fire these up for your next neighborhood gathering.

2 (3 lb) racks of pork spare ribs, trimmed
3 TablespoonTraeger Pork & Poultry Rub
1 Cupapple juice, cider or beer
8 OunceTraeger BBQ Sauce of choice
  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 250℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

  • 2

    If your butcher hasn't done so already, remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and trim off any excess fat. Season the ribs on all sides with Traeger Pork & Poultry rub.

  • 3

    Insert the probe into the middle of a rack of ribs, avoiding the bones. Arrange the ribs directly on the grill grates, bone-side down, close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 203°F, 3-4 hours. Add the apple juice to a spray bottle and spritz the ribs after 1 hour of cooking and every hour thereafter.

  • 4

    Brush the ribs on both sides with the Traeger BBQ Sauce. Return the pork spare ribs to the grill and cook until the sauce has set, another 30-60 minutes.

  • 5

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

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