Smoked Beef Short Ribs (Step by Step)

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"The best smoked ribs I have ever tried. They are so good you will be making them over and over again. If gluten intolerant make sure you are using gluten free BBQ sauce."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (435.9 g)
  • Calories 1046.7
  • Total Fat - 74 g
  • Saturated Fat - 29.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 254 mg
  • Sodium - 1325.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.9 g
  • Sugars - 11 g
  • Protein - 75.3 g
  • Calcium - 36.2 mg
  • Iron - 8.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Soak you wood chips for at least 1 hour.

Step 2

Meanwhile remove the white membrane on the bottom of ribs.

Step 3

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, chilli powder, sea salt, garlic powder and pepper.

Step 4

Place the ribs on a double layer of foil and sprinkle the spice mix over the ribs.

Step 5

Rub the ribs with the spices using up all the spices.

Step 6

Fold the foil over the ribs and allow to sit at room temperature for about 45 to an hour. (I do this while my chips are soaking)

Step 7

Prepare smoker according to manufactures instructions.

Step 8

Remove the ribs from the foil and place them, bone side down, on the racks of the smoker.

Step 9

Light the smoker and smoke between 225 and 250 degrees for 4 hours.

Step 10

Mix together the beer and BBQ sauce.

Step 11

Open the smoker and quickly mop the sauce over the ribs.

Step 12

Close the smoker up and continue to smoke for another 2 hours.

Step 13

Remove the ribs from the smoker. You can add more BBQ sauce if you like but I prefer them without added sauce.

Tips & Variations

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The cooking time is spot on for these ribs and we ate every last one of them! What great ribs these were Bea!! I used mesquite wood chips this time and next time I make them I will try some applewood. These couldn't be any better than they were though!

(30 Aug 2013)