Pineapple Teriyaki Spare Ribs

Posted on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 in barbecue, featured recipes, main dish

The sweetest ribs!

Sweet Teriyaki Ribs for some inspiration for your Sunday dinner. Try this for a perfect small gathering, all you need is Sweet Money rub, Japanese Teriyaki Sauce, crushed pineapple, and 4 slices of butter. Simple, delicious, and good. Enjoy!


Pineapple Teriyaki Spare Ribs

Course: Main Course   Cuisine: American   Prep Time: 15-25 Min   Cook Time: 3-3.5 Hrs   Servings: 6-10


2 racks trimmed STL Style Ribs

Big Poppa’s Sweet Money Championship Rub

2 sticks Butter, unsalted

1 bottle Japanese Teriyaki Sauce – the thicker the better!

1 can crushed pineapple, drained

Heavy-Duty Aluminum foil


Preheat smoker to 275°F.

Remove ribs from packaging, trim St. Louis Style, creating a perfect square of meat around the bones.

Poppa’s Pro tip: make sure you pull the membrane off the bottom/bone side of the ribs. This allows for a more tender rib, and for the seasoning to penetrate through the bone side.

Coat ribs thoroughly with Big Poppa’s Sweet Money Championship Rub on both sides (to taste).

Let rub/salt “melt” into the meat, around 5-10min.

Place ribs on smoker for 1.5 hours, or until internal temperature reads 165-170°F – pull from smoker and prep for wrapping.

Get 4 large sheets of heavy-duty foil cut and ready to go. Sheets should be large enough to fold over an entire rack of rib with no holes.

Before placing ribs on foil, add Teriyaki Sauce, crushed pineapple, and 4 pats of butter on foil sheets – almost the full length of the ribs.

Place ribs meat side DOWN on top of the sauce/pineapple/butter mixture, drizzle more teriyaki sauce on the back, and add 4 more pats of butter.

Wrap foil tightly around ribs, make sure to not rip any holes – Repeat for remaining racks of ribs.

Place ribs back on the smoker for another 1-2 hours or until the desired doneness.

When the ribs are done, they should have a good “bend” or smile in them, but should not be falling off the bone. A thermometer should be able to slide smoothly into the meat with little to no resistance. If you prefer your ribs “falling off the bone,” continue to cook until you can’t hold both ends of the rack without breaking in the center.

When ribs are done, remove from smoker and rest for 5min. Once rested, remove ribs from foil, baste with a little more sauce (to taste), and top with crushed pineapple. Slice and serve immediately!

Poppa’s Pro Tip: Have fun and experiment with this recipe by swapping out the pineapple & teriyaki sauce for another fruit and sauce combination!


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