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Weber Kettle Spare Ribs

Weber Kettle Spare

Jun 09, 22

Weber Kettle Spare Ribs

Weber Kettle Spare Ribs

Cook Time: 6-8 hrs
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This super easy spare ribs recipe cooked on the Weber Kettle is perfect for beginners who want a classic Texas barbecue meal. Spare Ribs are a cheaper cut, making it great meat to save some money


  • Full spare ribs
  • Kosher salt
  • 16 mesh black pepper
  • Pecan wood (or wood of your preference)
  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic cloves
  • Bay leaf
  • BBQ sauce
  • Butter or pork fat


  • Grab your full spare ribs and pat them dry. Trim off any excess fat and square off the edges.
  • Season the ribs with kosher salt, 16 mesh black pepper. Apply a nice, light, even coat, making sure to cover all sides of the ribs.
  • Fire up your pit, lighting the charcoal on one side. This setup will provide a low and slow cooking temperature of around 250- 300°F for about 4 to 5 hours. Add pecan wood chunks or chips for extra smoky flavor.
  • Place the ribs on the grill with the bone side facing the fire. Keep the bottom vents wide open and put the lid on the pit. Adjust the top vent to maintain a temperature between 275°F to 300°F (135°C to 150°C).
  • While your ribs are cooking, In a small pot, simmer some apple cider vinegar. Add the same amount of brown sugar and whisk until completely dissolved. For added flavor, throw in a couple of cloves of garlic and a bay leaf.
  • Let it cook on low for a few minutes, then refrigerate to cool down.
  • Once cooled, strain out the bay leaves and garlic, and add the brown sugar syrup to a spray bottle along with more ACV.
  • Around 2 1/2 hours into the cooking time, if the temperature of the grill starts creeping above 300°F (150°C), close the vents slightly to reduce the heat to around 250°F (120°C). If you notice any edges getting too dark, spritz them with some ACV using a spray bottle to prevent burning.
  • After about 2 1/2 hours, flip the rack of ribs over to cook the other side. Let it cook for approximately 1 1/2 hours, then flip it back over.
  • For the next hour or so, periodically spritz the ribs with the brown sugar ACV spritz you made earlier.
  • Once the ribs are fully cooked, pull them off the grill and sauce both sides with your favorite BBQ sauce. Then, wrap the ribs in foil with the bone side facing up and add a pat of butter or some pork fat for extra juiciness.
  • Place the wrapped ribs back on the grill and cook for about an hour until the internal temperature reaches 200°F to 205°F (93°C to 96°C).
  • Let the ribs rest for about 30 minutes before slicing them in between the bones. Admire the beautiful ribs you've cooked and dive right in!
  • Enjoy your deliciously tender and flavorful pork spare rib
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