Tuffy Stone’s Ribs

Tuffy Stone's Ribs
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I have cooked against Tuffy many times and he is one of the best BBQ competitors on the circuit. These ribs are going to take you a day. But if you’re up to put in the sweat, you’ll be rewarded with better tasting ribs than you ever thought would be possible. You can tell everyone that you learned from a true pitmaster: Tuffy Stone.

tuffy's ribs
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American

  • 4 racks Snake River Farms Kurobuta Spare Ribs (see sales links above)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  1. Mix sugar, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Brush oil on ribs on baking sheet and sprinkle with this rub. Let the ribs sit 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Whisk together ketchup, sugar, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and 3/4 cup water in a 4-quart saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Cook, stirring until thickened, for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, measure 1 cup into a bowl and stir in 1/4 cup honey and the apple cider vinegar. Set aside. Reserve remaining sauce. Pour apple juice into a spray bottle and set aside.
  4. Prepare your grill using apple wood chunks or chips. Place ribs meat side up on grill grate. Maintaining a temperature of 225 degrees to 275 degrees, cook spraying with juice every 30 minutes for 3 hours. Remove ribs from grill and transfer to 2 large stacked sheets of foil. Drizzle butter, honey and sugar evenly over both sides of ribs. Position ribs meat side up and close foil around ribs. Return to grill and cook for 2 hours. Uncover ribs and discard foil. Return ribs to grill and cook, basting with sauce after 30 minutes, until the tip of a small knife slips easily in and out of the meat, about 1 hour. Serve with remaining sauce.
  5. Recipe originally published on Saveur.com and can be found here.

  6. By the way... There are tons of good recipes on the Snake River Farms website. Just click here and then on the Recipes tab.