Smoked Beef Short Ribs

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Smoked Beef Short Ribs are the perfect addition to your backyard party. When seasoned with the right rubs and served with a delicious sauce, your short ribs will be devoured within seconds.

Beef short ribs can be an incredible snack that is elevated when smoked. The meat will melt in your mouth, leaving your tastebuds satisfied with the unbelievable juicy smoke flavour. Although it can take quite a while to fully cook this recipe, the result will be more than worth the time it takes.

Smoked Beef Short Ribs

smoked beef short ribs
smoked beef short ribs

Smoked beef short ribs can be paired with a huge range of sides, or can be eaten alone as a snack. The taste and texture of these versatile ribs make them the perfect addition to a backyard party or cookout. If you’re entertaining a larger group of people, you’ll want to size up these portions as we promise there will be jealousy if somebody goes without!

For melt-in-the-mouth smoked beef short ribs that everybody will be drooling over, read on:

How To Make Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Step 1 – Preheat Your Smoker

Preheat the smoker to 225ºF/107ºC and prepare the wood chips. We recommend using Oak or Cherry wood, though you’re welcome to use whichever wood chips you prefer.

Step 2 – Trim Your Beef Ribs

Trim your beef ribs to remove the fat caps and silver skin. It’s important to leave some fat for marbling to add incredible flavour, though the fat caps should mostly be removed before cooking.

Step 3 – Season Your Ribs

Cover your ribs in brown mustard to add an incredibly rich flavour, then season your ribs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Ensure your seasoning covers all sides of the ribs and be generous.

Step 4 – Smoke Your Ribs

Smoke the ribs for 3 hours initially to provide a rich, smokey flavour to your meat. Try to leave your smoker covered for the full three hours before advancing to the next stage in the process. Do not remove your ribs after the 3 hours.

Step 5 – Spray Beef Ribs

Prepare beef stock in a spray bottle and regularly spray the ribs every 30 minutes in the smoker to ensure the meat doesn’t dry out. The beef stock will both add flavour and ensure the meat remains juicy and succulent.

Step 6 – Remove Meat

After a total cooking time of 7/8 hours (and many beef stock sprays), remove the ribs from the heat and allow to rest in aluminum foil for 10 minutes. Resting your meat after smoking allows the juices to settle and distribute through the meat for incredible flavour and texture.

Step 7 – Serve!

Serve your ribs in individual slices for a quick and easy snack, particularly if you’re serving a large number of people. Cut your ribs between the bones to create smaller bites and serve on a platter.

We recommend serving these short ribs with Smoked Mac and Cheese, Smoked Asparagus, and Smoked Potatoes.

Smoked Beef Short Ribs FAQs

How Do I Identify Beef Short Ribs?

Short ribs are different from standard ribs, as they’re much smaller and can be served individually as a snack. They’re typically between 3 – 6 inches in length and are quite meaty which makes them the perfect option for the smoker.

Why Are My Beef Short Ribs Tough?

If you overcook your beef short ribs, they could end up being tough and dry. Keep an eye on the cooking time to make sure that you’re not overcooking your meat, and spray them regularly whilst they’re smoking to keep them juicy.

Are Smoked Beef Short Ribs Expensive?

Smoked Beef Short Ribs are a pretty inexpensive option so you won’t break the bank. Obtaining them from your local butcher may have a very different price point than your grocery store, so shop around and find a well-marbled meat that suits your taste and budget.

smoked beef short ribs

Smoked Beef Short Ribs Recipe

Delicious Smoked Beef Short Ribs you can try at home.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • 2 lbs Beef Ribs
  • 2 tbsp Brown Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 bsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup Beef Stock


  • Preheat the smoker to 225ºF/107ºC
  • Trim & prepare your beef ribs
  • Season your ribs
  • Smoke the ribs for 3 hours
  • Spray beef stock over the beef ribs every 30 minutes
  • After a total cooking time of 7/8 hours, remove the meat & rest
  • Serve!
Keyword Beef, ribs