- 3/4 cup(s) Apple juice in a spray bottle3/4 cup(s)
- 2 whole Racks pork Smithfield Prime St. Louis-style ribs (3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds each), membrane removed, cut into smaller pieces, if necessary, to fit on the grill2 whole
- 1/2 cup(s) Packed light brown sugar1/2 cup(s)
- 4 tsp. Granulated garlic4 tsp.
- 1 tbsp. Chili powder1 tbsp.
- 2 tsp. Kosher salt2 tsp.
- 1 tsp. Pepper1 tsp.
- 1/4 tsp. Ground cayenne1/4 tsp.
- 1/4 tsp. Ground coriander1/4 tsp.
- 1/2 cup(s) Apple cider vinegar1/2 cup(s)
- 1/2 cup(s) Honey1/2 cup(s)
- 6 tbsp. Ketchup6 tbsp.
- 1/4 cup(s) Packed light brown sugar1/4 cup(s)
- 1 tbsp. Paprika1 tbsp.
- 2 tsp. Fine sea salt2 tsp.
- 1/2 tsp. Ground cayenne1/2 tsp.
- 1/2 tsp. Pepper1/2 tsp.
- 1 Handful wood chips for smoking, ideally hickory or apple, soaked in cold water for 30 to 60 minutes and drained (optional)1
About one hour before you plan to start grilling, make the rub: In a small bowl, combine the sugar, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, cayenne and coriander. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels, then sprinkle both sides of each rack with the rub. Set aside at room temperature for one hour.
Preheat the grill for indirect cooking at 250 to 300ºF. Add the drained wood chips, if using.
Place the ribs, meaty side up, over a drip pan, close the grill, and cook for 2 hours, adding about 12 coals to a charcoal grill every 45 minutes or so to maintain the heat.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, honey, ketchup, sugar, paprika, salt, cayenne and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly thickened. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
Continue to cook the ribs until they’re so tender the rack will easily break when bent with tongs, 1 to 2 more hours, spraying on both sides with the apple juice every 20 to 30 minutes. Brush the ribs on both sides with the sauce and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is set. Remove from the grill and let stand for 5 minutes.
Cut the racks into 3- or 4-rib sections and serve. Pass any remaining sauce at the table.