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BBQ Beef Ribs - Preparing the Smoker

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BBQ Beef Ribs - Preparing the Smoker
Burning Coals in the Smoker

Burning Coals in the Smoker

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Beef ribs can be both tough to eat and difficult to prepare. Cooked improperly they are too chewy to enjoy. Cooked properly they are tender and delicious. The secret with BBQ Beef Ribs, like all barbecue is to cook them low and slow. By smoking our beef ribs we are going to get the best ribs possible. This process will take about 6 to 7 hours to produce a flavorful batch of ribs. Once complete, you won't regret a moment of the work that goes into preparing them.

Start by firing up your smoker. From here, build a big enough fire to hold a temperature between 225 and 250 degrees F., for the whole cooking time. Beef ribs have plenty of fat so we won't worry about wrapping these ribs like we would with pork ribs. If you do choose to wrap them (to get the meat to fall of the bone) then do so for the 4th and 5th hour of cooking time. I recommend a good dose of smoke, particularly in the first two hours, so have plenty of wood chunks on hand. I suggest a fruit wood like apple or cherry, but what you have on hand will work fine.

Beef ribs tend to be cut rather creatively by many butchers. Typically, I find them cut into 4 to 5 bone sections running about 8 inches in length. For this tutorial I am using 4 of these sections or about 18 bones.

The supplies you will need for this are:

  • Several racks of Beef Ribs
  • A good Rib Rub
  • Fuel for your smoker (like charcoal or whatever your smoker burns)
  • Wood Chunks
  • Barbecue Sauce if you intend to sauce your ribs
  • A dull knife (like a butter knife)
  • A large, sharp knife
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