Cherry Smoked Spare Ribs

Serves – 4                               Total Time – 5 – 6 hours

Patience, proper technique, quality wood and a good spice rub make for fantastic ribs every time.

Chefs Tip – This recipe could work for any kind of pork rib, but cook times may be a little longer.


  • Wild Cherry Smoking Chips
  • 2 racks of Spare Ribs
  • ½ cup Mustard, any variety
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. coarse Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. dried Thyme
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with equal parts water in a spray bottle


  1. Rub the ribs all over with the mustard. This will help the spices stick to the meat.
  2. Combine all the dry spices and liberally rub onto the ribs, using about three quarters of the mix.
  3. Wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. If you don’t have time you can add the seasoning right before cooking.
  4. Preheat a smoker to 250°F and add the cherry smoking chips.
  5. Add some more seasoning blend and place the ribs in the smoker. Set a timer for 5 hours.
  6. Add a handful of chips every 90 minutes during the cooking process. When you hit 3 hours, check the temperature of the meat and give it a spritz with the vinegar and water mix.
  7. Temp, and spritz the ribs again at 4 and 5 hours. When your ribs hit 200°F they are ready.
  8. Take the ribs off the smoker and wrap in foil. Allow them to rest for at least 30 minutes before cutting or eating.
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