Smoked Pork Ribs Recipe on a Traeger Grill

Smoked Pork Ribs Recipe on a Traeger Grill

This Traeger grill recipe pork smoked ribs is something that you should try.

Pork ribs are already great, so adding some herbs and spices will only make it better and tastier.

There are many grills that Traeger produces, but they do not stick to that.

They have also released recipes to guide their users on cooking the perfect meal with their grills.

 While they are pretty easy to cook, there are times when the recipe is too general or broad.

That is why we are here to specify how you can make the best meals with your grill.

 Pork ribs are already tasty, with the bones making them even tender.

So the main thing that you should remember with this recipe is not to overdo the spices and seasonings you put in it.

You have to remember that the highlight of this meal is the meaty taste of the ribs.

Ensure that you get your tools ready and the Traeger grill set so you can cook this right away.

 Follow the instructions below on how to make the best pork ribs with the best grill.

Take note of the steps to master it, and then customize it to your liking once done.


What You Will Need

 Smoked pork ribs will come out tender no matter which part you choose, just as long as you stick to the process.

There are many cuts of meat from the ribs alone, so just choose your favorite.

 For this recipe, we have selected pork spare ribs to smoke because of their firmness.

My advice is to choose a cut of meat that is slightly tougher whenever you are smoking the meat.

A firm texture and tough muscles will not be a problem as the cooking process is quite long.

You do not need to go with the softer ones, but you can also get them to cook.

Pork spare ribs are great as they are not that tough, but they are also not too tender to crumble after cooking them for a long time. This is also what Traeger uses in its recipe.

Two racks of pork spare ribs, 6 pounds each, will be enough to feed up to 8 people.

So this recipe is perfect for a small family gathering or when you invite some of your friends over to eat.

Once you get your pork spare ribs from the butcher shop, you can then choose the seasonings.

There are no special rubs or seasonings with this recipe, and you can choose your favorites. 

However, if you want to go with the Traeger recipe, you will need their rub. The best one for this recipe is the Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub with one apple juice or beer cup.

You will also need to get the Traeger BBQ Sauce, so you have something to garnish your food with.

From there, you can get your wood pellets and start cooking with the following guide.


Smoked Pork Spare Ribs Traeger Recipe


Step 1: Prepare The Pork Spare Ribs

 If you get the ribs straight from the butcher shop without trimming, you will need to trim yourself. Get a small knife and remove the silver skin of the pork spare ribs.

You can do this by making a small cut on the corner of the ribs.

From there, get a paper towel to grab the silver skin and then carefully pull it off the ribs until all of the meat falls off.

The silver skin is a sac-like membrane that coats the inner part of the ribs.

It is what encloses the organs of the animals, and you need to remove that, or the pork spare ribs will be too tough.

It is important to remove that part of the pork spare ribs since it can reduce the juices inside the meat; it will also block the heat and the smoke from the grill, which reduces the flavors.

After removing the silver skin from the pork spare ribs, you can then continue trimming the ribs by removing excess fat.

There is not much on this part of the meat, so it will be an easy task.


Step 2: Season And Let It Rest

Once you have trimmed the pork spare ribs properly, you can then season it with the Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub. 

Spread the rub on all sides of the pork spare ribs and be generous with it.

Use your hands to spread the rub evenly throughout the pork spare ribs, and then place the ribs in a clean bowl.

Toss it around, and then press on the ribs again to let the rub seep in a little bit.

Cover the bowl and then let the ribs rest for a few minutes. By doing this, you will be letting the rub get into the meat, and it will give the meat more flavors and a more tender finish.


Step 3: Preheat The Traeger Grill

 Once everything is ready to be cooked, fill up the pellet hopper of the Traeger grill and then light it up.

Set the temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and let the grill preheat with the lid closed. 

Make sure to leave the grill preheating for at least 15 minutes or until it reaches the set temperature.

Selecting the wood pellets is also important for cooking the best pork ribs.

Although it only provides a hint of flavor, the smoke from the pellets will help keep the pork spare ribs moist and full of flavor.

I recommend using apple pellets, hickory, or other fruity ones.


Step 4: Cook The Pork Ribs

 Once the Traeger grill is ready, arrange the pork spare ribs directly on the grill grate with the bone side down.

Cook for 3 to 4 hours with the Super Smoke on if the feature is available.

 At the one-hour mark, spray some apple juice on the ribs.

Continue spraying every hour to keep the pork spare ribs juicy and moist while cooking for a long time.

After 2 hours, insert the meat probe into the thickest part of the pork spare ribs.

Aim for an internal temperature of 203 degrees Fahrenheit before removing the ribs from the grill.

 Once the pork spare ribs reach the desired temperature, remove them from the grill and then coat them with the BBQ Sauce of your choice. Return them to the grill and then cook again,

This part will only take around 30 to 60 minutes. 

You should return the pork spare ribs to the grill after coating them with BBQ sauce to tighten the sauce into the meat.




 After cooking the ribs, let them rest for about 10 to 20 minutes to make the juices come back to the meat muscles before cutting them.

Cut in half or into individual slabs and then serve.

 You can add more BBQ sauce if you want or just serve the ribs with the BBQ sauce on the side. Enjoy the ribs with the best side dishes that you have!



 Cooking with Traeger grills is always fun as you can do any style of cooking you want.

Just make sure that you always have enough pellets ready and that they match the food.

 The recipe that we have above is identical to the one that Traeger produced; we just elaborated it to understand the steps better. Make sure to follow it to master the recipe.

 Once you do, you will be able to impress your guests with the best pork ribs.

Again, you can customize the recipe to your liking to make the spices more familiar!

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