BBQ Spare Ribs – Ribs from Smoker, Grill or Oven

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Rest Time 12 hours
Total Time 14 hours 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Servings 10 people
Calories 155 kcal


For the rub:

  • 5 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp Hot paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder

For the marinade:

  • 300 ml Orange juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 100 ml Whiskey
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 150 ml Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 50 ml Barbecue sauce


  • Whether prepared in a smoker, in the oven or on a gas grill - spare ribs are a real treat! And typical American. There are different types of spare ribs. The St. Louis Cut Ribs, for example, come from the middle part of the costal arches and have a lot of meat between the bones. Baby back ribs, on the other hand, are small ribs and accordingly have less meat between the bones.
  • Different preparations bring variety for the spare ribs lovers. A marinade can also be prepared quickly. The recipe presented has an American marinade. Alternatively, a honey marinade can also be used.
  • Place the spare ribs in the prepared rub and marinate with a delicious sauce before grilling. Good hunger!


  • Mash all ingredients in a mortar and mix well.


  • Bring the orange juice, Worcestershire sauce, whiskey and brown sugar to the boil and reduce until about half is left.
  • Add ketchup, honey and BBQ sauce and bring to the boil.
  • Briefly heat the sauce before use.


  • Remove the silver skin before preparation.
  • Season the ribs with the rub. Use about 2 teaspoons of rub for a rib. Massage in well. Place the ribs in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
  • Preheat the smoker or oven to 120 degrees.
  • Brush the ribs with part of the marinade.
  • Place the ribs on a baking sheet or wire rack (with a drip tray), then place in the smoker or in the oven for 2 hours.
  • If you want to prepare your spare ribs on the grill, you need a grill with a lid, with which you can grill indirectly. Heat this to 110 degrees. Cook the ribs in it for about 1.5 hours. Tip: If you like it a little smoky, you can put a few more smoking chips in the embers right at the beginning.
  • After the respective cooking time, brush with the rest of the sauce and place in the smoker, oven or grill for another half an hour.


Serving: 100gCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 15.1gFat: 7.5g
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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