Master Finger-Licking St. Louis Style Ribs Smoked Perfection

Get ready to savor St. Louis style ribs smoked to perfection—meaty, flavorful pork ribs with just the right amount of smoky goodness!

Get your taste buds ready for a joyride—St. Louis style ribs smoked to perfection! No need to call in a pitmaster; you’ve just found the ultimate guide that’s equal parts foolproof and mouthwatering. Get ready for detailed steps, some BBQ secrets, and a side of flavor-packed fun. Time to turn your backyard into a rib paradise!

St. Louis Style Ribs Smoked

st. louis style ribs smoked

St. Louis style ribs are the carnivorous celebration everyone’s taste buds deserve. With the perfect balance of smoky flavor and juicy tenderness, these ribs are ideal for any backyard shindig or solo feast where you definitely won’t be judged for licking your fingers. Let’s dive into the meaty madness!

  • Cooking Method: Smoking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Cuisine Type: American BBQ


  • 1 rack of St. Louis style ribs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (your choice)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C).
  2. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. It’s slippery, but the game must go on!
  3. Rub the ribs with olive oil to ensure the seasonings stick like a barnacle on a ship.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Apply the spice mix liberally to both sides of the ribs. Don’t be shy; your ribs need a personality.
  6. Place the ribs in the smoker, bone side down. Let them smoke for 3 hours. You can now question your life choices or plan world domination.
  7. After 3 hours, place the ribs on aluminum foil, and pour the apple juice over them. Wrap them tightly in the foil and place back in the smoker for another 2 hours.
  8. Remove the ribs from the foil and brush them with your chosen barbecue sauce. Put them back in the smoker for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour. This is their final form, embrace it.
  9. Remove from the smoker and let rest for 10 minutes before carving them into mouthwatering servings.


  • If you’re feeling fancy, replace apple juice with hard apple cider for an extra kick.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro for some herbal flair.
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice before serving to cut through the richness.
  • For a crunchier texture, finish the ribs on a hot grill for a few minutes.
  • Pair with coleslaw and cornbread for the ultimate BBQ feast.