Smoked Beef Short Ribs Recipe

If you like beef, you'll love the results of this beef short ribs recipe! Slow cooked, they melt in your mouth and have great flavor. If they're not cooked right, beef short ribs are tough and stringy. To bring out the best that's hidden in these little beauties, you need to cook them at a low temperature for a long time.

This will break down and melt the tough connective tissue in the meat, and bring a burst of great flavor. That's the nice thing about tough, stringy meats. Cooked right, a "low quality" cut of meat can end up with superb flavor!

What Are Beef Short Ribs?

Beef short ribs can be from two different locations…the shoulder area of the chuck, or the plate area near the flank. (low and forward of the back leg)

Chuck short ribs are meatier and more tender than plate short ribs, but both still contain a lot of tough connective tissues. If they are cut across the bones into strips, they are known as flanken style ribs. When the cut is made parallel to the bone, they are English style short ribs, which may or may not be boneless.

Cooking Short Ribs

My usual plan of attack when smoking short ribs is to smoke them alongside the main attraction. The shape and size of short ribs make them perfect for filling in the gaps around a brisket or a couple of chickens, so I'll get the most out of a smoking session. And they're so good, they often upstage the main attraction and become the star of the show!

Smoky Beef Short Ribs Recipe

I prefer to keep it simple when I smoke short ribs. It's not necessary to add a lot of flavor to these little wonders.


For four pounds of beef short ribs, combine 2 tablespoons of kosher salt, 2 tablespoons of black pepper, 2 tablespoons of onion powder, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, and 2 teaspoons of celery salt.

Stir the spices and salt together, then rub the concoction into the meat. Go ahead and put the short ribs directly into the smoker after seasoning. After two hours of smoking at 220 degrees, start checking them for tenderness. When they pull apart easily, they’re done.

I have one last observation for you. I've found that there are times it's necessary to skip the "main attraction" and just double or triple this beef short ribs recipe. Short ribs can be real "hams", so it doesn't hurt to give them all of your attention every now and then!

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Beef Short Ribs Recipe