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boneless pork rib sandwich recipe with apple fennel slaw

The Texas Boneless Pork Rib Sandwich

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  • Author: Jess Pryles



1 x rack of St Louis cut pork ribs

1/4 c Hardcore Carnivore Red seasoning

4 tablespoons salted butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup BBQ sauce

4 x soft hamburger buns

3 cups Fennel & Apple Coleslaw


  1. Heat a smoker to run at 225 f. I use fruit woods like apple or cherry when cooking pork ribs.
  2. Prepare the ribs. Turn them meat side down, and loosen a corner of the membrane with a butter knife. Grab the corner with a paper towel and pull to remove membrane, then discard. Trim the ribs of any excess fat or loose meat.
  3. Sprinkle some of the seasoning on the back of the ribs, then turn them over and sprinkle the remainder on the meat side. Let the rack sit for 10-15 minutes for a crust to form and the seasoning to sink in. Place the rack meat side up in the smoker.
  4. Prepare two large sheets of foil, one atop the other. When the ribs have smoked for three hours, place them on top of the double layered foil. Add sugar and butter to the top of the meat, then wrap tightly in foil. Return to the smoker an additional 2.5 hours. (Note: normally, I would cook for only two hours, but because we want to pull the bones clean, we’re taking it a little further).
  5. After 2.5 hours, carefully unwrap the ribs and discard the foil. Paint the top of the meat with the Stubb’s Original sauce and return to the smoker for 10 minutes so the sauce can set.
  6. Remove the ribs from the smoker. Cut the rack into four sections. Work to carefully remove the bones from each section. You may have to keep an eye out for bone fragments from where the ribs were cut. You will also need to remove the tougher cartilage in some sections.
  7. Time to make the sandwich: On top of a bun base, layer the slab of boneless rib. Top with a handful of the apple fennel slaw, and drizzle with additional sauce if desired. Place the lid of the bun on top, and repeat until all sandwiches are formed. Serve immediately.


One St Louis rack of ribs makes roughly four small or three generous serves. If in doubt, cook an extra rack and grab a few extra buns.