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BBQ Paleo Pork Spare Ribs

BBQ Paleo Pork Spare Ribs

By Traeger Kitchen

These pork spares are seasoned with a smoky, savory paprika and chipotle rub, then glazed with a sweet tomato-based BBQ sauce.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

4 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
2 Tablespoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
4 Tablespoon paprika
2 Tablespoon garlic powder
2 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 Rack St. Louis-style ribs, membranes removed
BBQ Sauce
15 Ounce organic tomato sauce
1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 Cup honey
2 Teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 Teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 Teaspoon ground mustard
1 Teaspoon paprika


  • 1

    Make the rub: In a small bowl, combine the salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chipotle powder.

  • 2

    Season the racks of ribs on both sides with the rub. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.

  • 3

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 225℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 4

    Place the ribs directly on the grill grates, bone-side down. Insert the probe horizontally into the meat side of a rack of ribs, avoiding the bones. Close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 202°F, 4-4 1/2 hours.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    202 ˚F / 94 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 5

    Meanwhile, make the BBQ sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, water, apple cider vinegar, honey, onion powder, black pepper, ground mustard, and paprika. Stir to combine, then warm over medium-low heat until heated through.

  • 6

    Brush a thin layer of sauce on both sides of the ribs. Close the lid and continue cooking until the sauce sets, about 10 minutes.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 7

    Remove the ribs from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing between the bones into individual ribs. Enjoy!

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