how long do beef short ribs take to smoke

Smoking the Beef Short Ribs

This way, I can go about what I need to do and I always know the temperature of my smoker and the meat. Let them smoke cook until they reach about 190°F. You can expect this to take about 5 hours in most cases depending on the thickness of the ribs, fat content, etc.

These Smoked Beef Short Ribs are a rich, beefy bite of meat. They are tender and melt in your mouth with a delicious smoke flavor that will knock your socks off. If you’ve never had beef short ribs before, today is the day to try them out.

How to Smoke Beef Short Ribs

I’ve found that a lower temperature, like 225 or 250 degrees and using a fruit wood or oak is key. That way you complement the beef flavor and not over power it. It’ll also take hours to cook, like five hours or more depending on how thick the meat is.

While the beef ribs are cooking I like to spray with an apple cider vinegar and apple juice spritz. The acidic flavor really complements the beef. After the first hour of cooking I spritz every 30 minutes or so. So be prepared for spending time around your cooker and being sure you have good beer to pass the time; or the wine you may use for the bath.

What are Beef Short Ribs?

Short ribs are exactly as the name describes them – they’re short sections of ribs taken from various areas of the cow. These ribs vary from 3-6 inches in length and are often extremely meaty. The most common ribs on grocery store shelves are the 3 inch, individual bones. The recipe below is written for these ribs. If you’ve got the larger, 6 inch ribs with 3 attached bones, follow THIS smoked beef ribs recipe.

Short ribs can come from many areas, including the plate, rib, brisket, or chuck. To have a true short rib, you’ll have portions of the serratus ventralis muscle running through the meat. When you go to purchase your short ribs, you may not know exactly where your ribs are coming from, though the price may help indicate where they originated (the brisket and chuck tend to be more expensive).

While short ribs tend to be very meaty, they can also be tough. Pay close attention when it comes to smoke temperature, time, and target internal temperature of these ribs to ensure they are fully cooked. When cooked properly, they’ll be extremely tender and packed with good, beefy flavor.

Beef Short Ribs Seasoning

Beef short ribs can be seasoned simply with cracked black pepper, kosher salt, and some garlic powder. There’s nothing wrong with keeping it good and simple, and if this is what you have on hand, I say go for it. You’ll be plenty happy with the results.

When you want to add just a bit more “wow” to your ribs, I recommend using my Signature Beef Seasoning from Patio Provisions. It’s a salt and pepper-based seasoning that has a few added ingredients that make the most of your beef.

Smoking the Beef Short Ribs This way, I can go about what I need to do and I always know the temperature of my smoker and the meat. Let them smoke cook until they reach about 190°F. You can expect this to take about 5 hours in most cases depending on the thickness of the ribs, fat content, etc.

FAQ

How long does it take to smoke beef short ribs at 225?

Beef short ribs are done when the internal temperature of the ribs reaches around 200 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit using an instant read thermometer like a Thermoworks MK4 Thermapen. At 225 degrees F plan on 6 hours of total time.

Can you smoke beef ribs in 4 hours?

Cover the container and place the ribs in the fridge for 2 hours to dry brine. After 2 hours, remove the ribs from the fridge and allow them to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes (do not rinse off the rub). Smoke at 225°F (107°C) for 4-5 hours or until they get as tender as you like them.

How long to smoke beef short ribs at 300?

Aside from taking very long hours, smoking really low and slow will affect the formation of a good bark and fat rendering on the inside. On the other end of the spectrum is smoking beef ribs hot and fast, at around 300F – 325F. You can cook a rack of beef ribs in about 4 hours at these temps.

What is the best temperature for beef short ribs?

Beef short ribs should get to an internal temperature of around 96C/205F – at this point the connective tissue and intramuscular fat should have broken down to create beautifully tender and soft meat, packed with juice and flavour.

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