Apple Glazed Ribs Recipe

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Apple Glazed Rib Feast

Apple glazed ribs are a great spin on barbeque rib recipes which are a typical summer go to! Ribs can be smoked or grilled in any season of the year. However, it is important to choose top quality ribs.

Grilling experts choose Smithfield St. Louis Style Pork Spare Ribs, membrane removed, for best results.

To start your apple glazed rib feast, decide whether your tastes lean toward hot and spicy or mild flavored glazes. It is also important to note ribs can be marinated overnight in the refrigerator in apple glazes to deepen the apple flavor of the ribs.

Apple Glazed Rib Recipe

Serves four to six:

Preheat the grill or smoker to a lower temperature around 300 degrees. Choose apple wood for smokers and dampened apple wood chips for grills.


2 slabs of Smithfield® St. Louis Style Pork Spareribs

1/2 cup of apple butter or apple preserves

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup melted butter or margarine

1/2 cup apple cider or apple brandy (as desired)

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon apple pie spice

1/8 teaspoon coriander spice

For more heat, add 1/2 cup finely chopped jalapenos seeded


  • Place Smithfield St. Louis Style Pork Spare Ribs in smoker or grill, meatiest sides down for one half hour.
  • While ribs are cooking, prepare the glaze. Glaze can be prepared the day before to enrich the flavor.
  • Blend spices and dry ingredients first to ensure they are well incorporated.
  • In a small bowl, whisk apple butter or preserves with apple cider or apple brandy and molasses until well blended.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, whisk apple cider vinegar and melted butter or margarine until it thickens slightly. Add this to the other liquid ingredients.
  • Gradually whisk in dry ingredients. Allow to stand overnight or for at least one half hour prior to use.
  • Remove spare ribs from smoker or grill and place on a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to cover ribs. Brush half of the glaze onto the ribs evenly. Pull foil over the ribs and return to smoker or grill and cook for approximately two hours at moderate temperature.
  • About five minutes before ribs are completely cooked to tenderness, brush the remaining half of the glaze onto the ribs, cover with foil and raise the temperature to medium high and allow to cook until the glaze becomes shiny.
  • To serve, remove the foil from the ribs and plate. Garnish with smoked or grilled apple jelly glazed apples, such as a combination of Granny Smith, Gala and Mcintosh Reds for a spectacularly colorful presentation.

Apple Glazed Ribs are in Season

When apples are harvested in late summer and early fall, serve apple glazed ribs for an autumn dinner or the last barbecue of the season.

Try to balance apple glazed ribs on your menu with other seasonal vegetables like fire roasted or smoked peppers, turnips, sweet potatoes or baking potatoes.

Be sure to offer garnishes for these vegetable side dishes like garlic butter and sour cream.

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