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Smoked 3-2-1 St. Louis Style Spare Ribs

Smoked spare ribs are king where flavor it concerned however, if you take the time to trim them up and remove some of the extra fat before cooking them, a great experience becomes an even better experience.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 6
Author Jeff Phillips


  • 2 (or more) racks of spare ribs
  • Yellow mustard
  • Jeff’s original rub recipe
  • Heavy duty foil
  • Jeff’s barbecue sauce


Step 1: Rinse

  • Remove the ribs from the package
  • Rinse under cold water
  • Allow to drain on paper towel

Step 2: Trim St. Louis Style

  • Remove skirt, brisket bone, and end piece to square them up and create the St. Louis style spare ribs.

Step 3: Mustard and Rub

  • Apply mustard to bone side of ribs
  • Pour on about ¼ cup of rib rub and spread to cover over meat.
  • Repeat mustard and rub on meaty side of ribs.

Step 4: Smoke the Ribs

  • Setup smoker for cooking at 230 °F using indirect heat with hickory or other favorite smoking wood.
  • Place ribs directly on smoker grate bone side down.
  • Smoke for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, wrap in foil and place back into smoker for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, unwrap and place back into smoker for a final hour.
  • Brush on sauce if desired during last hour of cooking.

Step 5: Slice and Serve

  • Slice the ribs between the bones and serve with warm sauce on the side.