February 9

Memphis Smoked Spare Ribs Recipe


Memphis is a big barbecue town, and this Memphis Smoked Pork Spare Ribs Recipe is a big hit.

The recipe is brought to you from the Memphis-In-May Barbecue Contest.

These mouthwatering pork spare ribs will leave you and your guests begging for more. Cooked low and slow these down home ribs are tender and packed with flavor. We love the melt in your mouth meat combined with a succulent outer crust. 

The secret to these award winning ribs are the “three flavor layers.” That’s right, three layers of flavor.

Before starting review our Pork Spare Ribs … What you need to Know page.

 What you Need


  • Two slabs of pork spare ribs,
  • A good dry rub
  • A good basting sauce
  • A wet finishing sauce

Memphis Ribs Dry Rub :

Amount1 tablespoon1 tablespoon1 tablespoon1 tablespoon1 tablespoon1 tablespoon1/2 tablespoon1/2 tablespoon1/2 tablespoon2 tablespoons2 tablespoons Ingredient lemon peel garlic powder onion powder chili powder paprika MSG black pepper cayenne pepperwhite pepper salt sugar

Mix together.

Memphis Ribs Basting Sauce:

Amount1 quart1 pint1/2 small can1 cup1-1/4 cup1/2 stick1/2 bottle Ingredient
vinegar water chili peppers prepared mustardbrown sugar butter root beer

Combine first four ingredients in a saucepan and mix well. Cook very slowly for an hour. Add sugar, butter, and root beer to mixture and slow boil for 30 minutes.

Memphis Ribs Wet Finishing Sauce :

Amount5 ounces24 ounces5 ounces12 ounces1 cup1 cup1 teaspoon1 teaspoon1 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon

dark soy sauce tomato juice Worcestershire sauce catsup apple cider vinegar brown sugar juice of 1 lemon red pepper black pepper dry mustard garlic powder onion powder oregano allspice ginger basil

Mix  ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for an hour. Let sauce stand for 2 hours before serving on the side with barbecue.

Don’t have a smoker? Before you buy one read our Meat Smokers page before you buy one.

Get Cooking that Memphis Smoked Pork Spare Ribs Recipe  

Preheat you smoker to 225 degrees. Rub dry the rub mix on both sides of skinned ribs. Place meat on the grates, bone side down. Cook ribs 1-1/2 to 2 hours, without turning, before using basting sauce. Smoke for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, basting every 45 minutes to one hour. Serve with Wet Finishing sauce on the side, or baste with the sauce during the last 1/2 hour of cooking.

We like to let the ribs set a while in a “tin foil tent” for about 20 minutes before serving.

So stop waiting and smoke a batch of Memphis Smoked Pork Spare Ribs Recipe. 

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