Smoked St. Louis Ribs: The Perfect Combination of Flavor and Texture

Are you ready to take your BBQ game to a whole new level? Look no further than Smoked St. Louis Ribs! These ribs offer a classic smoky flavor with a mouthwatering bite-through texture that will leave you craving more. In this recipe, simplicity reigns supreme, proving that sometimes, less is truly more.

Smoked St. Louis Ribs

What Makes St. Louis Ribs Special?

St. Louis Ribs are the preferred choice in competition BBQ because of their beefy bite that doesn’t just “fall off the bone.” These ribs are cut in a way that removes the sternum bone, top cartilage, and rib tips, resulting in a more rectangular rack. With their flat, straight shape and 10-13 bones, St. Louis Ribs measure approximately 5-6 inches in length. Their larger size makes them perfect for serving 2-3 adults.

While cooking with St. Louis Ribs requires a bit more time compared to the popular 3-2-1 method used for baby back ribs, the extra effort is well worth it. These ribs also contain small pieces of cartilage, so it’s essential to allocate additional cook time of about 45 minutes to an hour.

St. Louis ribs being seasoned with Sweet Rub

The Ingredients You’ll Need

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. Here’s what you’ll need to make the best Smoked St. Louis Ribs:

  • 1 rack of St. Louis Ribs
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub
  • 1 cup of apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 cup of Everything BBQ sauce
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Don’t worry if you don’t have Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub or Everything BBQ Sauce on hand. You can easily make your own using our recipes for Best Sweet Rub and Kansas City BBQ Sauce. Alternatively, feel free to substitute your favorite BBQ sauce.

BBQ sauce being brushed on a rack of St. Louis ribs

The Smoking Process: Step by Step

Now that you have your ingredients ready, it’s time to fire up the smoker and get cooking! Here’s how to achieve perfectly smoked St. Louis Ribs:

  1. Preheat the smoker: Set your smoker to 275 degrees F and choose wood chips or chunks like apple, cherry, peach, oak, or hickory for a flavorful smoke.
  2. Trim and season: Remove the membrane on the back of the ribs and trim any excess fat. Slather the ribs with yellow mustard and generously season all sides with Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub.
  3. Smoke: Place the seasoned ribs on the smoker and resist the temptation to peek for the first hour. Let the smoke work its magic and penetrate the meat.
  4. Spritz the ribs: After the initial hour, start spritzing the ribs every 45-60 minutes to keep them moist and enhance the flavors.
  5. Baste with sauce and finish smoking: Once the ribs reach an internal temperature of 195-200 degrees F, lightly brush them with BBQ sauce. Remove the ribs from the smoker when they bend easily and reach the desired tenderness.
  6. Rest, slice, and enjoy: Allow the ribs to rest for about 15 minutes before slicing them into individual portions. Serve with extra sauce on the side, if desired.
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How Long Does It Take to Smoke St. Louis Ribs?

Smoking St. Louis Ribs to perfection requires a total time of 4 1/2 to 5 hours. The initial smoke lasts for 1 hour, followed by an additional 3 to 4 hours to reach a final temperature of around 195-200 degrees F. This cooking time will give you those sought-after, tender ribs with a delightful “bite-through” texture. For an even more fall-off-the-bone experience, you can continue smoking the ribs until they reach 200-203 degrees F.

Susie holding a rib covered in sauce

More Smoked Ribs Recipes

If you can’t get enough of ribs, we have a treat for you! Check out some of our most popular smoked ribs recipes from the Hey Grill Hey site:

  • Whiskey Peach Smoked Baby Back Ribs
  • Smoked Orange Ribs
  • Dr. Pepper Smoked Ribs

Remember, the key to becoming a backyard BBQ hero is practice and passion. So fire up that smoker, get your St. Louis Ribs ready, and prepare to impress with your mouthwatering creation!

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