apple butter ribs

Apple Butter Ribs

Dillman AdminApril 28, 2022

Apple butter ribs will be your new favorite recipe this summer! This recipe is super simple, and it yields an incredible result. First things first, lets prep our rack of ribs!

For this recipe I started with a rack of STL style spare ribs, and removed the membrane from the back. To remove the membrane from a rack of pork ribs all you need to do is slide a knife underneath the membrane on the back of the ribs, turn the knife upwards so that you can grab on the skin, and pull it off. I recommend using a paper towel to grab the membrane so its easier to grab.

After removing the membrane I cut these into individual bones. I did this to maximize the amount of apple butter that I could put on the ribs, and also to save time on the cook. If you'd like to cook these as a whole rack you can, but be aware that they will need to cook longer as a whole rack!

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Once these were cut into separate bones, I seasoned them with Meat Church Honey Hog BBQ rub, then tossed them in our delicious Apple Butter! The apple butter caramelizes down extremely well on the smoker, so you can add more than you think!

These were smoked over maple wood for about 2 hours total at 275-300 degrees. 1.5 hours into the cook I reapplied more apple butter to both sides of the ribs. I cannot stress enough how important that step is! The end result is a unique and delicious rib that you've likely not tried before. The sugar content in the apple butter creates an amazing bark on these as well!


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  1. Rinse off your ribs, and remove the membrane on the back with a knife and a paper towel (see above for instructions).
  2. Cut the slab into individual bones. This step is optional, but if you do leave it as a whole rack remember that you will need to cook them longer (5-6 hours total for a whole slab )
  3. Coat the ribs in your favorite sweet barbecue rub.
  4. Pour half a jar of Dillman Farm Apple Butter in a bowl, and toss the ribs in it. Make sure all 4 sides of the ribs have a nice layer of apple butter on them!
  5. Pre-heat your grill or smoker to 275-300 degrees.
  6. Place the ribs on and let them cook for 1.5 hours.
  7. Take the remainder of the apple butter and glaze that onto either side of the ribs. 
  8. Finish cooking the ribs for 30-60 minutes.  
  9. Enjoy!