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Revolution Barbecue North Carolina Ribs

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Unlock the Secrets of Southern BBQ with Our Mouthwatering Spare Ribs Recipe

Get ready for smoky, juicy, North Carolina-style spare ribs! Our recipe uses Revolution Barbecue’s BBQ rub and hickory for unforgettable flavor. Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.

Revolution Barbecue North Carolina Ribs

Revolution Barbecue North Carolina Ribs

I'm beyond excited to share with you my recipe for North Carolina-style spare ribs! This recipe is near and dear to my heart because it embodies the flavors and traditions of Southern BBQ, which has been a passion of mine for years.
Our North Carolina BBQ rub is made with a carefully crafted blend of spices that I've personally worked on perfecting. It's a balance of sweet and spicy flavors that just screams North Carolina-style BBQ. And when you pair it with a traditional North Carolina wood like Hickory or Oak, you get a dish that's bursting with rich, smoky flavor.
Now, I know there are many ways to cook ribs, but trust me, smoking them is the way to go. It takes a bit of patience, but the end result is well worth it. There's nothing quite like biting into a juicy, succulent spare rib that has been slowly smoked for hours.
When I think of North Carolina-style spare ribs, I can't help but get a little emotional. It's more than just a recipe, it's a representation of the rich BBQ culture and traditions that have been passed down through generations. And I'm honored to be able to share it with you.So go ahead, fire up that smoker and let's get cooking. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American




  • Prepare the ribs by removing the membrane on the bone side and trimming any excess fat.
  • Generously apply the Revolution Barbecue North Carolina BBQ Rub to both sides of the ribs. Use your hands to rub the seasoning into the meat.
  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F and add Hickory or Oak wood
  • Place the ribs in the smoker, bone side down, and smoke for 2 hours.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the apple cider vinegar, water, yellow mustard, honey, and butter. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is well combined.
  • After 2 hours, remove the ribs from the smoker and place each rack on a large piece of aluminum foil. Pour half of the sauce over each rack and wrap tightly in the foil.
  • Return the ribs to the smoker and continue smoking for an additional 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, remove the ribs from the foil and place them back in the smoker for another 30 minutes to an hour, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 200°F.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and let them rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy with additional sauce, if desired.


For a more traditional North Carolina BBQ experience, you can serve the ribs with a side of coleslaw and hushpuppies.
Keyword North Carolina-style spare ribs recipe, Smoked spare ribs, St. Louis Style Ribs
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