Putting on the best summer BBQ with sweet smoked ribs.

Sweet Honey Lime Smoked Ribs - and how my family does BBQ!

Sweet Honey Lime Smoked Ribs are juicy, succulent, and so flavorful. These sweet smoked spare ribs are perfect for your next summer BBQ! #MakeYourMark
Course Main Dish
Cuisine America
Keyword ribs, smoked recipe
Prep Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 647kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 2 large racks Member’s Mark spareribs about 5 pounds each
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly-grated lime zest from 2 limes
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 large lime cut in half
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup lime juice


  • PREPARE RIBS: In medium bowl, combine sugar chili powder, paprika, lime zest, salt and cumin. Transfer ribs to 2 large, rimmed baking sheets, and rub ribs all over with the cut sides of the lime. Rub spice blend all over both sides of ribs, and cover baking sheets with foil. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • PREPARE FOR SMOKING: If you’re using wood chips, soak wood chips in water 1 hour before smoking. If using wood pellets, skip this step. When ready, fill smoker box with wood chips or pellets.
  • minutes before smoking, remove ribs from refrigerator and preheat smoker to 250 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, combine honey, barbecue sauce, and lime juice in small bowl; set aside.
  • Once smoker reaches 250 degrees F, lightly oil grates, and place the ribs (meat-side up) on grill. Brush ribs with honey mixture, and close grill and smoke 1 hour.
  • Flip ribs so they’re meat-side down and brush with honey mixture. If needed, replenish smoker box with more wood chips/pellets. Close grill and smoke 30 minutes. Repeat this process every 30 minutes for a total or 2 ½ more hours. Ribs will be done when the meat starts to shrink away from the bones, and they’re dark brown and tender.
  • Remove ribs, and tent with foil. Let ribs rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 647kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2.9mg