Smoked Beef Short Ribs: A Flavorful and Tender Delight

sliced beef short rib on a wooden cutting board.

Beef short ribs are a culinary delight that every meat lover should experience. These rich and beefy ribs are tender, melt-in-your-mouth, and infused with a tantalizing smoke flavor that will leave you craving for more. If you’ve never tried beef short ribs before, now is the perfect time to embark on this succulent journey.

What Makes Beef Short Ribs Unique?

Beef short ribs are precisely what the name suggests – short sections of ribs taken from different parts of the cow. These ribs typically range from 3 to 6 inches in length and are known for their meatiness. The most common type found in grocery stores are the individual 3-inch bones. However, if you happen to come across the larger 6-inch ribs with 3 attached bones, follow a different recipe tailored specifically for those.

Short ribs can come from various areas, including the plate, rib, brisket, or chuck. To ensure you have genuine short ribs, look for portions of the serratus ventralis muscle running through the meat. While it may be challenging to pinpoint the exact origin of the ribs you purchase, their price can often be an indicator (brisket and chuck tend to be more expensive).

Although short ribs are naturally meaty, they can be tough if not cooked properly. It is crucial to pay close attention to the smoke temperature, cooking time, and internal temperature to ensure they become tender, packed with flavor, and fall off the bone.

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Smoked BBQ Beef Short Ribs: An Unforgettable Experience

When choosing beef short ribs, opt for well-marbled ones. The marbling contributes to the flavor and ensures the meat becomes fall-off-the-bone tender when cooked correctly.

This recipe maximizes the delicious marbling by using a simple yet effective salt and pepper-based rub that enhances the natural beefy flavor of the meat. Rather than overpowering the ribs, this approach allows the meat’s exquisite taste to shine through. To complete the flavor profile, a good smoke is recommended, with cherry or oak being ideal wood choices for these ribs. The result is a memorable and superbly delicious beef rib worth savoring.

raw beef short ribs on a wooden cutting board.

Seasoning the Beef Short Ribs

Seasoning beef short ribs can be as simple as using cracked black pepper, kosher salt, and a hint of garlic powder. If simplicity is your style, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to these basic ingredients to savor the natural flavors of the meat.

For those seeking to add an extra “wow” factor, consider using the Signature Beef Seasoning from Patio Provisions. This salt and pepper-based seasoning, infused with carefully selected ingredients, takes your ribs to the next level.

How to Achieve Smoky Perfection

Smoking beef short ribs is a straightforward process that requires time and patience. Here’s a basic timeline to guide you through the smoking journey. For a complete, printable recipe card, scroll to the bottom of this article.

  1. Preheat: Start by preheating your smoker to 225 degrees F (107 degrees C).
  2. Trim: Remove any silver skin on the meat’s top and trim off the fat cap.
  3. Season: Begin by slathering the ribs with brown mustard, then generously season them with Beef Seasoning (or a mixture of salt, pepper, and garlic powder).
  4. Smoke: Smoke the short ribs for approximately 3 hours.
  5. Spritz: Every hour starting at the 3-hour mark, spritz the ribs with beef stock to keep them moist.
  6. Rest: Once the internal temperature of the meat reaches 205-210 degrees F (96-99 degrees C), remove the ribs from the smoker and let them rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve: Sit back, savor your hard work, and enjoy a delightful meal.
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smoked beef short ribs on a wooden cutting board.

Cooking Time: A Labor of Love

When smoking beef short ribs, the cooking time can range from 7 to 8 hours to achieve the desired level of tenderness. However, keep in mind that the time may vary based on the thickness of the meat and the consistency of your smoker’s temperature.

Remember, timing is important, but it is equally essential to cook your ribs based on internal temperature rather than a strict schedule. While having a time frame in mind is helpful for planning, be flexible and allow the meat to cook until it reaches perfection.

The total time required, including preheating the smoker and resting the meat, is approximately 8-9 hours. Therefore, consider making these ribs a weekend project and relish the anticipation of a delicious outcome.

Perfectly Cooked Ribs: The Ideal Internal Temperature

Beef short ribs require a higher internal temperature compared to other smoked beef cuts. They typically reach optimum tenderness between 205 and 210 degrees F (96-99 degrees C). To monitor the temperature accurately, a meat thermometer such as the Thermapen Mk4 or ThermoPop is highly recommended.

Once you insert the thermometer into the meat and it glides in effortlessly, resembling the smoothness of butter, your ribs are perfectly cooked. Prepare yourself for tender, mouthwatering meat that will effortlessly slide off the bone with every bite.

smoked beef short rib meat pulling away from the bone.

Seeking More Ribs Recipes?

Whether you prefer pork or beef, Hey Grill Hey offers a wide array of recipes to help you become a barbecue maestro. For a touch of creativity, venture beyond the simplicity of salt and pepper and explore additional seasonings and sauces to elevate your rib game.

  • Smoked Beef Chuck Ribs
  • Maple Bourbon Smoked Ribs
  • 3-2-1 Ribs
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Now, it’s time to fire up the smoker, season those beef short ribs, and enjoy a finger-licking good BBQ experience with Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ!