Smoked Beef Short Ribs is the ultimate comfort food. They cook tender, juicy and amazing flavor. Add this smoker recipe for your next BBQ.

Smoked short ribs on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans
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We love grilling out ribs during the summer time. But since getting a smoker, we have enjoyed them even more. The meat is falling off the bone tender and always a crowd favorite.

The smoker allows for the ribs to cook slow until they have the best flavor. The added dry rub will leave your friends and family wanting more.

The next time you want to cook ribs, make these Smoked short ribs. You will be so impressed how the meat just fall-off the bones without using a sharp knife. You may even like these Grilled Country Style Ribs, 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs or this Smoked Pork Ribs.

What are Beef Short Ribs?

Beef Short Ribs are one of my favorite ribs to cook. They are cut of meat that is taken from the ribs, brisket, chuck plate of a cattle.

They are a short portion of the rib bone and surrounding areas of the meat. These short plate ribs can vary in thickness of but are so flavorful.

Ingredients 

Ingredients needed for smoked short ribs

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variation Ideas

  • Change the Rib – This rib recipe can be used with different cuts of ribs. They all cook perfectly in the smoker and always a crowd favorite. Make baby back ribs, chuck ribs, or pork ribs.
  • Change the Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer.
  • BBQ Sauce – We love to baste the ribs with BBQ after they are cooked. Feel free to use homemade BBQ or any type or flavor of sauce that you prefer.

How to Make Beef Short Ribs in the Smoker

  • Step 1 – Heat Smoker – Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Step 2 – Prepare Ribs – Remove any membranes or excess fat from the short ribs.  
  • Step 3 – Combine Seasoning Mixture – Mix together the seasoning mixture. Then rub the mixture on both sides of the short ribs. Let the ribs rest at room temperature with the seasoning mixture on for 1-2 hours.  
  • Step 4 – Smoke Ribs – Place the ribs in the smoker and cook for 3-4 hours.  Spritz the ribs with apple cider vinegar every 30 minutes.  Continue to cook until the Ribs have reached an internal temperature of 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  • Step 5 – Top with BBQ Sauce – Rub the ribs with the barbecue sauce. Cook for the last 15-30 minutes of the cook time. 
  • Step 6 – Remove Ribs – Remove the ribs from the smoker.  Let the rest for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Step 7 – Serve and Enjoy – Then they are ready to serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Wood Pellets – Make sure to add chips to the smoker every 15 minutes. If your smoker does not have an automatic feature.  
  • Wood Chips – There are many types of wood chips to smoke the ribs in. We recommend using cherry, hickory, or any nice bark.
  • Preparing the Smoker – Prepare smoker by preheating to 225 degrees. This is very important before placing the ribs in the smoker.
  • Prepare the Ribs – If the short ribs have not been prepared beforehand. Make sure to remove any membranes or excess fat from the short ribs.  This also includes the silver skin of the ribs.
  • Resting Ribs – We recommend allow the ribs to rest with the dry rub on for at least an hour. This allows the spices to marinate giving the ribs the best flavor.
  • Spray Ribs – Every 30 minutes we recommend spraying the ribs with a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar. You can also add in apple juice to balance out the flavor.
  • Rest after Smoking – To enhance the flavor and moisture in the ribs, allow ribs to rest after removing from smoker. We recommend covering with aluminum foil.

Beef Short Ribs Seasoning Recipe

We used a simple seasoning to have short marinate in. This dry rub can easily be changed to what you prefer. This blend is easy to make but adding in onion powder or other special seasoning is great too.

Short beef ribs on a platter

Can you Bake Short Beef Ribs?

Yes, if you do not have a smoker or would prefer to bake them, then you can.

  • Season the ribs as the recipe indicates.
  • Place the short ribs in a baking dish and cover the aluminum foil.
  • Place in a preheated oven at 275 degrees.
  • Bake the ribs for at least 2 hours. You may need to bake the ribs for at least 3 hours. It all depends on your oven.
  • You will know ribs are done when the meat is pulling away from the bones. They are also fork tender and loaded with flavor.
  • We recommend to slow cook the ribs and not rush the process when cooking in the oven.

What to Serve with Smoked Short Ribs?

There are many different sides that you can enjoy with these smoked short ribs recipe. These are some of our favorites.

  • Smoked Corn on the CobThis Smoked Corn on the Cob Recipe is made with simple seasoning and easy to make. Smoky flavored corn makes the best side dish.
  • Pasta Salad – When we BBQ we love to make a simple pasta salad. It is the perfect summertime side dish as it can be made in a variety of ways.
  • Cheesy Foil Pack PotatoesSimple ingredient Cheesy Foil Pack Potatoes makes an easy side dish. Bake in the oven or place on the grill for a delicious cheesy side.
Smoked short ribs on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Short Ribs

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. These ribs store great and can used for many different recipes. You can mix the shredded ribs for a casserole or enchiladas.

How do you know when the Ribs are done

Ribs are done when they have reached an internal temperature of at least 200 degrees. We recommend using a instant-read meat thermometer to check ribs.
This ensure that the ribs are cooked to a safe temperature before removing it from the smoker.  

How Long to Smoke Beef Short Ribs

Smoking beef ribs slow allows for the ribs to cook tender and juicy. After marinating the ribs in the dry rub. Place them in the smoker. Allow the ribs to cook for about 3 to 4 hours. Cooking time will vary just make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure ribs are cooked before removing.

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Smoked Beef Short Ribs

5 from 3 votes
Smoked Beef Short Ribs is the ultimate comfort food. They cook tender, juicy and amazing flavor. Add this smoker recipe for your next BBQ.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 4 hours
Let Rest 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 361

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Beef Short Ribs
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce

For the Seasoning Mixture:

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Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove any membranes or excess fat from the short ribs.
  • Mix together the seasoning mixture and rub the mixture on both sides of the short ribs. Let the ribs rest at room temperature with the seasoning mixture on for 1-2 hours.
  • Place the ribs in the smoker and cook for 3-4 hours.  Spritz the ribs with apple cider vinegar every 30 minutes.  Continue to cook until the Ribas have reached an internal temperature of 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Rub the ribs with the barbecue sauce for the last 15-30 minutes of the cook time.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker.  Let the rest for 20-30 minutes.
  • Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the ribs are cooked to a safe temperature before removing it from the smoker.  
Make sure to add chips to the smoker every 15 minutes if your smoker does not have an automatic feature.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 361kcal, Carbohydrates 17g, Protein 32g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 98mg, Sodium 2222mg, Potassium 733mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 12g, Vitamin A 234IU, Vitamin C 6mg, Calcium 35mg, Iron 4mg

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