Smokin’ BBQ: Perfecting Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Welcome to an exceptional edition of Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ! Today, we delve into the art of creating mouthwatering smoked beef short ribs. These succulent cuts of meat are known for their generous portions and marbled fats, ensuring a tender and flavorful result. Unlike their slimmer counterparts, beef back ribs, these short ribs promise a meaty feast that will satisfy even the most discerning BBQ connoisseur.

The Secret to Tender Ribs

Beef short ribs boast an abundance of fat, both on the surface and within the meat itself. This makes them perfect for handling the high heat required to achieve that sought-after tenderness. Think of the beloved brisket and its delectable texture achieved through braising and slow cooking in a flavorful liquid. The same principle applies to these short ribs, allowing the fat to render and infuse each bite with unparalleled juiciness.

Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Preparation is Key

To embark on this culinary adventure, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 9-12 beef short ribs
  • Yellow mustard or olive oil (optional)
  • A batch of Jeff’s original rub
  • A batch of Jeff’s original barbecue sauce

Begin by removing the ribs from their packaging. If necessary, remove the silver skin from the exterior of the meat, using a sharp knife and paper towels for better grip. While some prefer to trim excess fat at this stage, it is not always necessary.

For easy cleanup and convenience, lay the ribs in a deep foil pan before applying the rub. To enhance flavor and ensure an ideal rub adhesion, you can choose to apply a thin layer of yellow mustard or olive oil to the meat’s surface. Jeff’s original rub will then be sprinkled liberally onto all sides of the beef short ribs, allowing them to sit until they develop a moist appearance.

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Achieving Smoky Perfection

Prepare your smoker by setting it to a temperature of 225°F. The choice of smoking wood is crucial, with pecan and mesquite being popular options for these ribs. While any type of smoker can be used, it is essential to maintain the recommended temperature and ensure the ribs reach the desired tenderness before considering them done.

Place the ribs directly on the grate, leaving space between each piece to allow the smoke to thoroughly envelop the meat. Insert a digital probe meat thermometer into one of the ribs, ensuring it goes into the meat and not just the fat. Monitoring the temperature is made simple with a dual probe remote thermometer, such as the “Smoke” by Thermoworks, which keeps you informed without constant supervision.

Allow the ribs to smoke cook until they reach approximately 190°F. This process typically takes around 5 hours, but factors such as rib thickness and fat content can influence the cooking time. To check for tenderness, gently poke a rib with a toothpick or fork. If it effortlessly slides in and out, your ribs have reached the perfect stage of succulence.

An Alternative Option

For those seeking an alternative method, once the short ribs reach approximately 160°F, transfer them to a foil pan and cover it tightly. Before sealing, add around 1 cup of liquid (water, beef stock, or even apple juice) to the pan to create a moist cooking environment. Return the pan to the smoker and continue cooking at 225°F until the ribs reach 200°F. By leaving the probe in the meat, you can easily monitor its temperature throughout the cook.

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Finishing Touches

Using a water pan in your smoker can help regulate temperature and prevent the meat from drying out. This is particularly useful for achieving that signature smoky flavor.

While wood smokers provide consistent smoke throughout the cooking process, gas, electric, and charcoal smokers allow for greater control. You can opt to keep the smoke going for the entire cook time or follow our recommended minimum of keeping it going for at least half of the estimated time. Whichever method you choose, ensure the smoker has proper ventilation to allow air to circulate and prevent the accumulation of creosote.

Serving Suggestions

As a general guideline, plan for about 2 ribs per person. For those who like to complement their meat with an extra burst of flavor, serve the ribs with a side of Jeff’s original barbecue sauce.

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