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Apple Butter BBQ Ribs

Looking to expand your BBQ palate? These Apple Butter BBQ Ribs are packed with tender, caramelized goodness and pair nicely with our Roasted Garlic Kraut.

30 min
Prep Time

2 hrs 30 min
Cooking Time

3 hrs
Total Time




  • 2 full slabs of baby back spare ribs

  • 2 tbs brown sugar

  • 1 tbs paprika

  • 1 tsp cayenne powder

  • ½ tbs salt

  • ½ tbs black pepper

  • 1 tsp dried thyme


  • 1 cup apple butter

  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbs yellow mustard

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Garlic Kraut


  • Preheat your grill to 300°F.

  • With a butter knife, remove the membrane under each slab of ribs by inserting the knife between the membrane and one of the bones, grab a few paper towels to pull the membrane completely.

  • Mix the brown sugar, paprika, cayenne powder, salt, black pepper, and dried thyme in a small bowl then apply the rub on both sides of the ribs with your hands.

  • Place the ribs on the grill for 45-60 min. Turn the ribs every 10-15 minutes.

  • Add all the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce ingredients to a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Now, wrap the ribs in aluminum foil with 1 cup of the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce on top of each. Grill for an additional 1 hour at 300°F. Ribs are done when the meat has shrunk about 1 inch from the bones. Make sure to reach an internal temperature of 190°- 205° for the best taste and for food safety purposes.

  • Once fully cooked, remove from foil and sear over direct heat for 20-30 seconds per side to caramelize the bbq sauce. Serve with a mountain of Roasted Garlic Kraut and Hasselback potatoes. Enjoy!

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