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St. Louis Ribs

St. Louis Style Barbecue Ribs with Hickory Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

Perfectly grilled, tender ribs and a sweet and smokey homemade barbecue sauce is the perfect summer grillin' combo!
Course BBQ
Cuisine American
Keyword Barbecue Ribs with Hickory Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 5-7 lbs of St. Louis Pork Ribs
  • 1/4 cup barbecue rub
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Hickory Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

  • 29 oz of tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp liquid hickory smoke
  • 1/4 cup barbecue rub


Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

  • Add all of the ingredients needed for the sauce into a large pot.
  • Mix until everything is well combined.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat (from high to low-medium) and let the sauce simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Use!

The Ribs

  • Remove the membranes and excess fat from the ribs.
  • Combine 1/4 of my homemade barbecue rub, 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, and 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Combine until it turns into a paste.
  • Rub the "paste" all over the ribs ( front, back, sides).
  • Preheat the grill to 325 F, then place the ribs on the grill.
  • Flip the ribs every 15 minutes.
  • About 45 minutes into grilling, start brushing on the sauce.
  • Continue flip the ribs and brush on the sauce every 15 minutes, until the ribs are fully cooked (It took my ribs about 1 hour and 10-15 minutes)



Use my Barbecue Rub recipe for the sauce and seasoning.