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Revolution Barbecue Smoked Pumpkin Spice Ribs by Glenn Connaughton

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Indulge in Autumn’s Bliss: Revolution Barbecue Pumpkin Spice Ribs

Embracing the vibrant essence of fall, my culinary journey led me to discover an extraordinary delight—Revolution Barbecue Pumpkin Spice Ribs. As a fervent enthusiast of unconventional flavors, the fusion of pumpkin spice with savory barbecue intrigued my senses. Little did I know, these ribs would become a cherished part of our family gatherings. Picture this: the aroma of Hickory smoke intertwining with the warm, aromatic notes of pumpkin spice, creating an irresistible symphony.

The joyous moments we’ve shared, seated around the table, savoring these ribs, form a tapestry of cherished memories. The way each bite tantalizes the taste buds with the perfect balance of smoky, sweet, and tangy flavors is nothing short of an autumnal feast. Our family revels in these moments of togetherness, each rib serving as a flavorful testament to the beauty of the season. These ribs aren’t just a recipe; they’re an invitation to create lasting memories filled with laughter, love, and the delectable tastes of fall.

Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.

Revolution Barbecue Smoked Pumpkin Spice Ribs by Glenn Connaughton

Revolution Barbecue Smoked Pumpkin Spice Ribs

As the autumn leaves cascade in vibrant hues and the crisp air fills with the essence of the season, our taste buds eagerly anticipate the quintessential flavors that define fall. Amidst the ubiquitous pumpkin-spiced frenzy that sweeps through this time of year, one dish stands out as a savory delight—Revolution Barbecue Pumpkin Spice Ribs. In the delightful chaos of pumpkin-spiced lattes and fragrant pies, these ribs ingeniously combine the beloved seasonal flavors with the artistry of barbecue. Pumpkin spice, the herald of autumnal tastes, harmoniously marries with the smoky allure of Hickory wood, enrobing each St. Louis cut pork rib in a symphony of warmth and richness. What sets these ribs apart is the ingenious blend of spices, from pumpkin pie seasoning to chipotle powder, creating an indulgent rub that infuses every bite with autumn’s charm. Yet, it’s not just the pumpkin spice that elevates these ribs; it’s the masterful complement of Dr. Pepper’s effervescence and the tangy sweetness of apricot preserves. The marriage of these elements forms a tantalizing glaze that coats the ribs, balancing the smokiness with a delightful harmony of flavors.


  • Smoker with hickory wood


Pumpkin Spice Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon light chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

For the Ribs:

  • 3 St. Louis cut pork ribs
  • Yellow mustard
  • 2 12 oz cans Dr Pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 9 tablespoons butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups Apricot preserves


Prepare Pumpkin Spice Rub:

  • In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice Rub and set aside.

Prepare Ribs:

  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs using a paper towel and trim any thick pieces of fat.
  • Slather the ribs on all sides with yellow mustard.
  • Generously season the ribs with the Pumpkin Spice Rub, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Cover the ribs with aluminum foil and let them rest in the fridge for up to 12 hours.

Preheat Smoker and Cook Ribs:

  • Heat the smoker to 275°F using Hickory wood.
  • Combine one can of Dr. Pepper and water in a spray bottle.
  • Place the seasoned ribs on the smoker and cook for 2 hours, spraying them with the Dr. Pepper mixture every 30 minutes.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and place each one on a sheet of heavy-duty foil (enough to cover the ribs).
  • Add 3 pats of butter, 2 tablespoons of Maple syrup, and 1/4 cup of Dr. Pepper to each rib.
  • Crimp the foil tightly around each rib and return them to the smoker for an additional two hours.
  • Carefully remove the foiled ribs from the smoker and place them on a cutting board.
  • Open the foil and using tongs, transfer the ribs back onto the smoker.
  • Rub each rib with roughly 1/4 cup of apricot preserves. Repeat the process after 30 minutes with another 1/4 cup of apricot preserves.
  • Continue smoking until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 195-205°F. The apricot preserves should form a glaze-like consistency.

Rest and Serve:

  • Once done, remove the ribs from the smoker and allow them to rest for about 20 minutes.
  • Slice the ribs and serve, enjoying the flavorful Revolution Barbecue Pumpkin Spice Ribs!


As autumn arrives and the air turns crisp, these Revolution Barbecue Pumpkin Spice Ribs become the ideal weekend treat for sweater weather. Infused with seasonal flavors, they’re perfect for cozy gatherings as the leaves rustle and temperatures drop.
These ribs blend pumpkin spice with Hickory smoke, enhanced by apricot preserves for a sweet tang. Imagine savoring each bite as the flavors harmonize, creating a symphony of fall tastes.
So, as the cool breeze hints at winter’s approach, gather loved ones and relish these ribs as a celebration of the changing seasons. Let the grill fill the air with their enticing aroma, making these Pumpkin Spice Ribs the highlight of your autumn feasts.
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