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Applewood Smoked Marinated Pork Spare Ribs

Applewood Smoked Marinated Pork Spare Ribs

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


The marinade was simple to put together ahead of time, and the applewood smoke added a nice, rich flavor to the meat. Our friends were super impressed with this meal – and so were we!



3-4 pounds pork spare ribs
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup green onion, minced

For Grilling:
Applewood chips or chunks


In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except ribs. Place ribs in a casserole dish or zip-top freezer bag. Pour marinade over the ribs, and flip them around to coat them fully. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours, turning the ribs over after 1 hour.

Meanwhile, prepare applewood for smoking (there's a great guide on how to use wood to smoke meat over on Serious Eats). We usually soak our chips in beer or water for 30 minutes to an hour.

Remove the meat from the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before cooking. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare your grill.

Lay the ribs flat on the preheated grill. Brush with the boiled marinade and cook the pork until it is done to your liking. Turn and brush the pork every few minutes to grill all sides evenly.

To serve, cut the ribs into smaller sections and dig in!


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 465
  • Sugar: 7.7 g
  • Sodium: 816.8 mg
  • Fat: 17.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 64.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 223.6 mg

Keywords: pork ribs, spare ribs, grilling ribs

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