Smoked Pineapple-Braised St. Louis Spare Ribs with Blackberry Barbeque Sauce

O’ Barbecue! Some St. Louie style ribs…with one sweet sauce. You don’t need Bob Gibson’s sauce to make them.



2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1 1/2 teaspoons onion salt

1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon cumin

2 slabs St. Louis Cut Spare Ribs, back membrane removed

1 cup pineapple juice

1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

Big Bob’s Blackberry Barbeque Sauce:

1 1/2 cup Big Bob Gibson Championship Red Sauce (or other favorite barbeque sauce)

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup blackberry jam

Method:Preheat an outdoor grill (preferably charcoal) to 250° F. Mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic salt, onion salt, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne, oregano, and cumin. Reserve 1 tablespoon for later use. Generously apply rub to the front and back of both slabs of ribs, pressing firmly to make sure all the rub adheres. Cook ribs meat-side up on the grill away from direct flames for 2 1/2 hours.

Mix together the pineapple juice, reserved dry rub, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Transfer ribs from the grill to large double-aluminum foil squares and pour the liquid seasoning over each slab. Tightly wrap and seal the aluminum foil around the ribs and place back on the grill for another hour.

Combine the barbeque sauce, honey, and blackberry jam. Remove ribs from grill, unwrap, and discard foil. Brush the barbeque sauce on both sides and return ribs to the grill until the sauce caramelizes, about 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes:Spare ribs are flavorful and tender rib meat from the pork belly. St. Louis–style ribs have the breastbone removed and ends squared off for a clean presentation. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q sauce can be purchased at



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