Gnarly Head Rib Contest Recipe

Gnarly Head is a brand of wine I enjoy while in my backyard cooking some Q. I saw they had a rib contest, so I entered this recipe for submission. Unfortunately, I didn’t win the $5,000 prize, but I still enjoy the wine.


1 Rack of St. Louis cut spareribs (2lbs+)


  • 1/2cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 tbsp Seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tbsp Black pepper

Foil Wrap

  • ¼ cup Hot pepper jelly
  • ¼ cup Squeezable butter
  • ¼ cup Gnarly Head Cab


  • Honey
  • Kansas City style BBQ sauce
  • Apple wood chunks
  • Heavy duty foil


  1. Set up grill for indirect cooking at 250 degrees.
  2. Mix rub ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Remove membrane from the ribs and apply rub on the ribs.
  4. Use apple wood for smoke and place the ribs on grill.
  5. Cook for 3 hours at 250 degrees.
  6. Then wrap ribs tight in heavy duty foil
  7. Cook for another 2 hours in the foil.
  8. Next, remove the foil, but reserve the juices.
  9. Apply a coat of honey on the ribs and cook for another hour or until tender.
  10. Mix 50/50 of warm KC style BBQ sauce and juice reserve together and apply on ribs when they are done.

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