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December 09, 2022
If you like fruit-infused pork, you’ll want to add my Hot Apple Ribs Recipe to your list of things to do. This recipe shows off with perfectly spiced rubs, a juicy butter bath, and an apple-flavored glaze. I think these ribs are incredibly mouth-watering in the Fall, but you can enjoy them any time of year.
This rib recipe cooks low and slow, so be sure to start early in the day. By dinner time, you’ll have a rack of mouth-watering ribs. This simple method of cooking creates the best ribs. Try them once, and you’ll see what I mean.
Even though this Hot Apple Ribs Recipe has a few steps, they’re all relatively simple. I consider this one of my best “fix it and forget it” recipes. Who has time to babysit the smoker all day? Not me! Follow my foolproof method, and you’ll have award-winning results every time.
These gourmet ribs come together with less than ten ingredients. You may already have some of these elements in your fridge! If not, here’s what you need to add to your shopping cart.
The Smoker Setup
Here’s a short list of the main equipment I used for this cook. You can find more of my grilling must-haves in the equipment and tools section.
The Process for Making Hot Apple Ribs
You can find a detailed demonstration of this recipe in my video and recipe card at the bottom of this post. For now, here’s a brief overview of how I pulled these amazing ribs together.
These Hot Apple Ribs made my entire block smell amazing. The ribs were so tender that I could break them apart with my hands. They had the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and looked like they belonged in a magazine.
Serving Suggestions for Hot Apple Ribs
If you’re just serving yourself, these ribs are awesome. However, sometimes you want to impress a crowd. Here are a few side dishes that pair well with these sweet, spicy apple ribs.
Storing Hot Apple Ribs
I can’t guarantee you’ll have leftovers, but if you do, you can store them covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. If you aren’t going to eat them within that timeframe, freeze the meat for up to 3 months. To reheat frozen ribs, thaw them in the fridge overnight and cook at 350℉for 15-20 minutes.
Cheshire Pork Baby Back Ribs (or ribs of your choice)
Heath Riles BBQ Hot Rub
Heath Riles BBQ Apple Rub
Mustard (or binder of your choice)
1 package of Heath Riles BBQ Butter Bath & Wrap (you will only need 3 tablespoons per slab, so the amount depends on how many slabs of ribs you are cooking)
Apple Juice (you need 3/4 per slab of ribs)
1/3 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce
1/3 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar Sauce
1/3 cup of Apple Jelly
Get cooker ready and up to temp of 275º-300º, we used the Outlaw Smoker for this cook.
Remove ribs from packaging. Take off the membrane from the back of the ribs and trim to your liking.
Rub ribs with yellow mustard, or binder of your choice (both sides).
Season ribs with a base of Heath Riles BBQ Hot Rub (both sides).
Season ribs with a layer of Heath Riles BBQ Apple Rub (both sides).
Place ribs on your cooker at approximately 275º, we used Hickory wood for this cook along with Royal Oak Charcoal.
Cook ribs for approximately 2 and a half hours, we added wood every 30 minutes to keep our temperature at 275º. We also spritzed our ribs every 30-45 minutes with water to keep them moist.
After 2 and a half hours at 275º, remove your ribs to wrap. Wrap with Heath Riles BBQ Butter Bath & Wrap. You should mix 3 tablespoons with 3/4 cup of apple juice PER SLAB of rib. Once wrapped with Butter Bath and apple juice mixture, wrap with foil and return to the grill.
Cook wrapped ribs for approximately another 2 to 2 and a half hours or until the internal temperature is 203º-205º. Once this temperature is reached, remove from grill.
Unwrap ribs and sauce with sauce recipe above. (You should have melted these ingredients over heat to make sure your apple jelly is melted.)
After saucing, return to the grill to set the sauce. You can also sprinkle with Heath Riles BBQ Apple Rub. Allow the sauce to set and remove from the grill.
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