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Apple Butter Ribs

Apple Butter Ribs

Make your ribs a bit sweeter with this simple recipe from Bear Mountain ambassador Scott Thomas of Grillin’ Fools.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 ½ hours 


- 1 slab of St. Louis style spareribs
- Salt, to taste
- Your favorite sweet BBQ rub, we used Fergolicious Sweet Luv
- 1/2 stick of salted butter
- 4 ounces apple butter (or whatever fruit/gourd butter you prefer)
- Aluminum foil
- Bear Mountain BBQ Maple pellets


1. Begin by skinning the St. Louis style ribs, removing the membrane off the bone side of the ribs (paper towels are your friends here). Then season the ribs with salt and seasoning, bone side up. Flip over and repeat on the meat side.

2. Heat up your pellet grill or smoker to 275F and add Bear Mountain Maple pellets. Place the ribs on the grill or smoker.

3. At about the 2-hour mark, create a foil vessel to hold the ribs. It should be a little larger than the ribs with a 1/2 –1-inch lip around the edge. Drop in a half stick of butter and the apple butter.

4. Position the foil boat onto the side of the grill and place the ribs meat side down, right on top of that butter and apple butter. Turn your grill or smoker down to 180F.

5. Smoke the ribs for another 20-30 minutes.

6. Take the ribs off the grill or smoker, let rest for at least five minutes.

7. Make sure to save the gooey mess at the bottom of the foil boat. It’s a flavor bomb waiting to blow and will work as a dip or sauce with the ribs.

8. Enjoy!

Apple Butter Ribs

Pairs well with the following Bear Mountain Premium BBQ Pellets

Maple BBQ Wood Pellets Add to cart
Bourbon BBQ Craft Blends™ Wood Pellets Add to cart