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St. Louis Style Ribs (Vertical Cooker Method)

Barrel House Cooker St. Louis Style Ribs

If you're looking for tender St. Louis Style ribs, try smoking them in the Barrel House Cooker following this method.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 321 ribs, barrel house cooker, ribs, smoked
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 619 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 2 slabs St. Louis Style ribs
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 4 tbsp BBQ rub
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce


  1. Remove the membrane from the backside of each slab.
  2. Rub the ribs with yellow mustard and your favorite BBQ seasoning. Let rest on a sheet pan while you're lighting the grill.
  3. Light your coals with a chimney starter. Let burn for 10-15 minutes. Dump into the basket of the Barrel House Cooker. Set the intake to your altitude setting. Set the barrel onto the base, and let the coals burn for another 5-10 minutes with the lid open. Place the H-frame in the barrel.
  4. Find the second bone from the top, and pierce a hook below that point through the meat. Repeat with the other slab.

  5. Hang the ribs on the H-frame. Close the lid and smoke for 2 ½, until the meat starts to pull away and show about 1/2-inch of the bones.
  6. Pull up from the smoker and brush on all sides with barbecue sauce. Return to the smoker for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the smoker. Let rest for 15-30 minutes. Slice and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Barrel House Cooker St. Louis Style Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 619 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 222mg74%
Sodium 491mg21%
Potassium 1034mg30%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 58g116%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.