Smoked Spare Ribs 50-50 Method

Smoked Spare Ribs 50-50 Method

January 2, 2017 0 By Admiral BigGun

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Smoked Spare Ribs 50-50 Method

There are many different methods to cooking ribs in the smoker. Many are complex, many are fantastic. This one is what i like to call the 50-50 method. 50% of the time the ribs will be covered in foil.
Example: three hours uncovered, then three hours covered in foil.

NOTE: The ribs I was smoking this time were very thin (about half inch thick) and therefore took about three hours total, normally this process is closer to five or six hours… but as always, cook to temperature not an exact time)

2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons favorite Rib Rub (We love this one: very biased Linky)
your favorite BBQ Sauce
Spare Ribs

Also needed:
Aluminum or Tin-Foil

Wood used:
Apple & Hickory


1) Mix Spices and Brown Sugar and generously rub ribs to coat entirely and evenly.

2) Place in smoker at 225 F (uncovered) for 1.5 hours (thicker ribs may take longer… you want them to be about half done)

smoking pork spare ribs

Smoke Uncovered for the first 50% of the total cook time

3) Remove ribs from smoker, entirely coat top with barbecue sauce, cover with foil, and return to smoker for the second half of the cooking process.

covering the spare ribs with barbecue

mop the top with BBQ sauce then wrap in foil.

4) Test your ribs: The bone should be about 1/4 inch exposed. Ribs are “DONE” when they reach 145F internally however you bring them up to 170F to 190F the connective tissue will break down giving you a more tender (and pretty much fantastic) result

5) Remove from smoker and allow to rest in the foil for at least 15 minutes before carving.

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