Apple Honey Smoked BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Recipe

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I have a confession. I had never cooked ribs before this and I was scared. I didn’t have the most thorough culinary school education and we never grilled. What I did learn, however, was that simple ingredients and less fuss equal lots of flavor. This recipe is simple and makes ribs in less than three hours with an electric smoker. If you have a traditional smoker I would suggest letting it cook on 200 for about 5 hours. If you want to just grill the meat, grill it low and slow for the most tender results.


4-5 pound slab of Tyson Pork Spare Ribs

McCormick Applewood Rub

Kraft Honey BBQ Sauce

1/4 C. Brown Sugar

1/4 C. Horseradish Mustard (Spicy Brown Mustard can be substituted)

Optional: Apple wood chips


1. Rinse your ribs and dry thoroughly. Apply rub liberally, cover, and refrigerate at least one hour.

2. Heat smoker to 300, add your chips. Put your ribs on rack, cover and leave it alone to cook for 2 hours.

3. Make your sauce, mix the bbq sauce with the mustard and brown sugar. Mmmm sweet and tangy!

4. After 2 hours, apply a nice big slathering of the BBQ sauce to the ribs, cover, and smoke an additional 30 minutes.

End result?


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About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of Serendipity Mommy. She is the mother of 3 and a recent college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is pursuing a Food Photography business. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun and photography. Email Candace


  1. I love mesquite the most YUM!

  2. BBQ.

  3. Honey yum!

  4. Honey for sure. I’ve cooked ribs before in the crock pot. They are so good, but I love them better grilled.
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  5. Mesquite and at times a spicy cajun rub

  6. I prefer the smokey flavor with mustard based sauce
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  7. I prefer a dry rub on my ribs.

  8. My favorite flavor on ribs is hot mustard sauce!

  9. Cynthia R says:

    i love a dry rub

  10. Jessie C. says:

    I like spicy ribs

  11. Elaine Lund says:

    I like mesquite!

  12. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We like Honey,but with a bit of heat

  13. i like a honey barbecue

  14. I like my ribs sweet and melt in your mouth, but love to try the “house sauce” …. usually something good!

  15. Ellie W says:

    I like mesquite but also a little bit of sweet too.

  16. Wanda McHenry says:

    I like honey bbq sauce

  17. Kenny F says:

    honey on it

  18. Stephanie says:

    i like Honey BBQ

  19. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite is honey.

  20. debbie jackson says:

    honey mustard debbie jackson,
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  21. I like Mesquite on my ribs.
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  22. Mary Happymommy says:

    I like Mesquite!

  23. Vickie Couturier says:

    I lvoe the honey flavor

  24. I like Honey BBQ sauce.
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  25. carol gentry says:

    Love the mesquite

  26. I like mesquite

  27. marci h says:

    Honey :) YUM!!! :)

  28. Adrienne gordon says:

    I like sweet and spicy

  29. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I like the original BBQ sauce on miy ribs :)

  30. Lisa Brown says:

    Honey and soy sauce.

  31. Jessica To says:

    I like a honey bbq sauce.

  32. I love Mesquite!
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  33. Sara Zielinski says:

    I like mesquite and sweet barbeque flavors!

  34. Tina Bartunek says:

    Honey BBQ…Yum!!

  35. Heather R says:

    Honey or sweet BBQ flavoring!

  36. I love Honey BBq, Buffalo wild wings honey bbq is the beset combination I have had yet.

  37. Starr Greenwell says:


  38. Laura Jacobson says:

    I love a honey barbecue sauce!

  39. Carolyn Gonzalez says:

    spicy dry rub and vinegar based sauce
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  40. I like mesquite.

  41. I love a fig balsamic marinade on my ribs!

  42. I love honey BBQ. Yum!

  43. alyce poalillo says:

    I like a tomato based sauce with some heat

  44. I like honey bbq

  45. paige chandler says:

    Sweet BBQ sauce – and lots of it. Drool.

  46. Ashley Hatten says:

    Love our ribs smoked! thanks so much!

  47. lime juice!

  48. Ann Fantom says:

    I like some chili powder on my ribs

  49. Soha Molina says:


  50. Jennifer Marie says:

    Mesquite would be my fav

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