St. Louis-Style Ribs

St. Louis-Style Ribs Recipe

The Spruce

  • Total: 5 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 2 slabs (6 to 8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
271 Calories
7g Fat
40g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 slabs (6 to 8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 271
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 1364mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 15g
Calcium 54mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

St. Louis-style cut ribs, seasoned with a sweet rub and slathered with a unique and flavorful St. Louis barbecue sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 slabs St. Louis-style cut ribs
  • For Rub:
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • For Sauce:
  • 2 1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Prepare smoker or charcoal grill. You will want to hold a temperature around 225 F for up to 4 hours (or even 6 hours, depending on temperature and the size of the ribs), so plan accordingly.

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  3. Prepare ribs by removing the membrane from the underside of the ribs making sure to trim off any loose fat or meat.

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  4. Combine rib rub ingredients and apply to front and back of ribs.

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  5. Place onto smoker or grill. If grilling, grill indirectly.

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  6. While ribs are cooking, place all sauce ingredients into the pan and bring to a quick boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often.

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  7. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool.

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  8. Cook ribs until the internal temperature of the meat reaches about 175 F, then brush with barbecue sauce.

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  9. After about 10 minutes, turn the ribs over and brush with sauce continually during the cooking process.

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  10. Once ribs are cooked through, remove from heat and carve.

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  11. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.

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