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smoked st louis spare ribs aaron franklin

St. Louis Spare Ribs - Aaron Franklin Style

This simple take on spare ribs will blow your mind with flavor
Course Dinner
Cuisine Barbecue
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Aaron Franklin


  • 2 Racks of St. Louis cut Pork Spare Ribs find the freshest you can find... it matters!


  • 4 T Coarse Grind Pepper - a step below cracked pepper - this part is key
  • 2 T Coarse Sea Salt

Spritz for Ribs

  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Water


  1. Heat your smoker to 275 F
  2. Trim any excess fat off your ribs. Do not remove any membranes on the back of the ribs.
  3. Mix the rub and shake it on the ribs on both sides evenly until you have a nice texture forming. See pictures. 

  4. Smoke for 3 hours - spritzing with a mixture of 25% Apple Cider Vinegar and 75% Water every 45 minutes
  5. Coat with a few tablespoons of BBQ Sauce on each side and Wrap the ribs meat side down. Choose your favorite BBQ sauce. Because the ribs have quite a bit of salt and pepper on them, I think a sweet sauce pairs the best. Smoke for 2 Hours.
  6. Rest for 20-30 minutes in foil, cut and serve. Try this. You will like it.... a lot. For only having salt and pepper on them for a rub... these blew my mind.