By Tim Shelburn

Fantastic Pork Spare Ribs

Serves: 6 people


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Pork spare ribs are one of my favorite things to cook on a Kamado Joe. Here is my method for great looking ribs every time.


  1. 01

    Prep the ribs by removing the membrane from the back side of the ribs. I use a butter knife to get it started. Use a paper towel for a better grip.

  2. 02

    Apply the BBQ rub liberally on both sides of the pork and let them sit 4-5 minutes so the seasoning can sweat a bit.

  3. 03

    Setup your Kamado Joe grill for smoking at 250°F. Once at temp, add the ribs to the grill uncovered for at least two hours. You can spritz them with apple juice or apple cider vinegar for added moisture.

  4. 04

    Prep a sheet of aluminum foil on a table. Apply your squeeze butter to the foil and sprinkle with some brown sugar. Place the ribs topside down on the butter and brown sugar mixture and wrap.

  5. 05

    Place the ribs back on the grill for another hour.

  6. 06

    After one hour, remove the ribs from the aluminum foil and place them back on the grill. Be careful of the hot steam when opening the foil!

  7. 07

    Leave the ribs on the grill for one more hour or until they are to your liking. Your favorite BBQ sauce should be added about 20-30 minutes before they are finished.

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    Pro Tip: I usually cook my ribs until they are just tender enough to have a clean bite and pull from the bone, not fall off the bone. You can often check for doneness by picking up the ribs with tongs and do the “bend test.