How To Smoke Beef Short Ribs

Transform your backyard into a BBQ haven with our guide on how to smoke short ribs like a pitmaster. Mouthwatering flavor and tenderness await!

How to Smoke Short Ribs

We love ribs at our house! These smoked beef short ribs have a ton of flavor and don’t require hours of cooking. The cooking process for this recipe is also very simple, making it a great way to start your journey, if you are new to using a smoker.

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What are Beef Short Ribs?

Short ribs are a cut of meat taken from the rib area of beef cattle. They can be cut in a cross section in short portions of various thickness.

How to Smoke Short Ribs

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How to Smoke Short Ribs

Smoked Short Ribs Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 12 short ribs (about 1 lb), raw and defrosted
  • 1/3 cup dry rub of choice*
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce of choice**

*We love to use this homemade dry rub recipe – it makes the most amazing ribs! You’ll need brown sugar, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

**This is the best homemade BBQ sauce recipe to use!

The dry rub and BBQ sauce are both a personal preference, but highly recommended for the best results!

Short Rub Dry Rub

Directions: 

1. Coat each of the short ribs with the dry rub. Be sure to cover both sides.

2. Preheat the smoker to 165 degrees.

Smoke Short Ribs Process

3. Place the ribs on the bottom grill grate.

4. Smoke for ½ an hour.

Smoke Short Ribs Process

5. Baste each rib with BBQ sauce.

6. Turn the smoker up to 350 degrees.

How to Smoke Short Ribs

7. Grill the ribs for 5-10 mins, flipping halfway.

How to Smoke Short Ribs
How to Smoke Short Ribs

Rib Cooking Tips & Tricks:

  • Apple juice or apple cider vinegar in a food-safe spray bottle could be used as an alternative to BBQ sauce. Basting makes for the most tender meat.
  • An electric smoker can also be used, just ensure your meat is thoroughly cooked with the use of a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of the ribs should reach 190 degrees F.
  • Cover leftover ribs in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container to store in the fridge for a few days.
  • Use a sharp knife to remove the thin layer of silver skin from the ribs, then pat them dry with paper towel, before coating them in the dry rub mixture.
  • Though we love using our Traeger pellet smoker to make these short ribs, they can also be made using a gas grill, charcoal grill, in the oven, or in a slow cooker.
  • The key to really tender meat is cooking it low and slow. The long cook time allows the connective tissue in tough cuts of meat to break down. Marinating your meat also helps this process along.
  • This recipe can be made with pork ribs and all types of beef ribs. Whatever cut of meat you are using, be sure the internal temperature reaches the recommended temperature for food safety. 
How to Smoke Short Ribs

While we love the original recipe, it’s always fun to experiment with different flavors!

Substitute Ingredients:

  • Smoked paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Add some liquid to the dry seasonings to create a rib marinade. Try olive oil, tomato paste, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce, beef broth, hot sauce, liquid smoke, or lime juice.
How to Smoke Short Ribs

If you love these smoked short ribs, be sure to check out my baby back ribs, Hawaiian short rib and Korean short rib recipes too!

How to Smoke Short Ribs

How to Smoke Beef Short Ribs

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Transform your backyard into a BBQ haven with our guide on how to smoke short ribs like a pitmaster. Mouthwatering flavor and tenderness await!

Ingredients

  • 12 short ribs (about 1 lb), raw and defrosted
  • 1/3 cup dry rub of choice*
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce of choice**

Instructions

1. Coat each of the short ribs with the dry rub. Be sure to cover both sides.

2. Preheat the smoker to 165 degrees.

3. Place the ribs on the bottom grill grate.

4. Smoke for ½ an hour.

5. Baste each rib with BBQ sauce.

6. Turn the smoker up to 350 degrees.

7. Grill the ribs for 5-10 mins, flipping halfway.

Notes

*We love to use this homemade dry rub recipe - it makes the most amazing ribs! You'll need brown sugar, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

**This is the best homemade BBQ sauce recipe to use!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 22g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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