Barbecue Spareribs: Dibs on my Ribs

Cinnamon and chipotle hickory smoke pork spareribs. The very first ribs I ever cooked. They start with a sweet and smoky rub of cinnamon and chipotle and are finished with a hickory smoke bbq sauce.

After researching tips and techniques for cooking ribs I was utterly confused. So I read some more to become even more confused. And intimidated. I narrowed down the techniques to ones that would work for me and crossed my fingers. It was completely experimental.

I coated the ribs with dijon mustard and a cinnamon and chipotle rub then wrapped them in foil and refrigerated them for 2 hours. I started them in the oven and cooked them on low heat for 2 hours then moved them to a grill over indirect heat fitted with hickory smoke wood chips for 2 more hours, brushing them with bbq sauce the last half hour or so.

Super sticky, kind of spicy and slightly sweet, they were gobbled up faster than you can say cinnamon-chipotle-hickory-smoked-barbecue-spareribs.


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Barbecue Spareribs

Barbecue Spareribs

Cinnamon and chipotle hickory smoke pork spareribs.


3-4 pounds Tyson pork spare ribs
Dijon mustard
McCormick’s Sweet & Smoky Rub with Cinnamon and Chipotle
2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 pack Weber Hickory Wood Chips
Kraft Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce


  1. Trim excess fat and the membrane from ribs.
  2. In a small bowl combine about 3 tablespoons of the rub with the oregano and paprika. Cover one side of the ribs in a thin layer of dijon mustard then sprinkle with a generous amount of the rub mix and massage into the ribs. Repeat on other side. Wrap in aluminum foil and refrigerate 2 hours. Soak the wood chips in water.
  3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place the foil wrapped ribs in a large roasting pan and cook 2 hours.
  4. Heat one side of barbecue grill to 300 degrees F. and place your wood chips on it. Stand ribs up in a rib rack if you have one and set on the side of the grill that is off. Close lid and smoke 1 and 1/2 hours.
  5. Move the ribs to the heat side of the grill and brush all over with barbecue sauce. Repeat every 15 minutes for a 1/2 to 1 hour longer. They should reach internal temperature of 180 - 190 F.
  6. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes before slicing.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. A Grill Kit including a gift card was provided to me. All opinions stated are my own.

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  1. says

    Hey Reeni, Beautiful ribs, doesn’t look like you were confused at all! I used the BBQ Bible for my first attempt at ribs. Takes some practice to keep them moist. Did you remove that skin from the ribs? I found that to be difficult but necessary.
    Oh and my favorite bbq food is sliced pork.

    • says

      Hi Kathy! I need to get that book! My butcher cleaned the ribs for me. I was worried about getting that membrane off. Happy Monday!

  2. Jessen says

    I Saw an Episode on Food Network (forgot who was cooking!) and they boiled the ribs first (before grilling). . . I questioned that technique because they looked awful after the boiling process. I know after seeing that, the oven to grill technique you did was the way to go! Your First time Ribs = a Score! Don’t you love when that happens? It’s all about the research =)

    • says

      Hi Jessen! I did see some recipes where they were boiled first but most of the hardcore barbecue sites were against it. It sounds kind of gross. I was happy everything worked out. I had no idea what I was doing.

  3. says

    I’ve never cooked ribs before…theyve always seemed really intimidating! but that cinnamon hickory flavor combo sounds kind of dreamy and worth giving them a shot!

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