Rib Tips

Rib Tips 2

Rib tips are slowly smoked in a mixture of rub, beer, and BBQ sauce, for fall-off-the-fork tender meat. Smoked for several hours, these ribs have amazing flavor.

Rib tips are the short, meaty sections of rib that are attached to the spareribs and usually cut off when the ribs are trimmed St. Louis style. This recipe is a great use for them.

Use your favorite BBQ sauce, whether it’s store-bought or homemade. For a deep smoke flavor, use almond wood or your favorite hardwood.

Rib Tips Recipe

Rib Tips 2
Rib tips are slowly smoked in a mixture of rub, beer, and BBQ sauce, for fall-off-the-fork tender meat.
Preparation 1 hour
Cook 6 hours
Ready in 7 hours
Servings 10 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 pounds rib tips trimmed from whole pork spareribs
  • 1 tablespoon Prairie Dust or favorite all poultry rub
  • 1 tablespoon Trail Boss or favorite all purpose rub
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce


  • 1 chunk almond wood
  • foil pan


  • Set a smoker to 275 to 300 degrees F (135 to 150 degrees C). Add the almond wood chunk.
  • Splash Worcestershire onto the rib tips, to coat evenly.
  • Apply a thin layer of rub to the tips. Allow to sweat at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Place the rib tips on the smoker for 2 ½ hours. Remove from the smoker and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place the ribs in a foil pan with the beer and ½ cup thinned BBQ sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Return the tips to the smoker for 1 hour, covered. After 1 hour, remove the foil from the top. Stir after 15 minutes. After 30 minutes uncovered, stir and add the remaining ½ cup BBQ sauce. Stir after 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the smoker once the rib tips are tender and the sauce has started to reduce. Add a small amount of Prairie Dust as a finishing rub.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 680kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 36gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 498mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 86IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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After thirty years of barbecuing for friends and family, James Hare was not satisfied with commercial BBQ rubs. He set out to make his own, with a unique flavor that complements meat, but does not overpower it.

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