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Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Simple instructions for flavorful and tender smoked beef short ribs include a rub recipe. Here you'll also find tons of ways to use your tasty meat.
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For the Ribs

  • 2.5 pounds beef short ribs silver skin trimmed from the top (meat side)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coarse kosher salt

For the Rub

  • 3 Tablespoons coarse black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • Sprinkle ribs all over with kosher salt and refrigerate (covered) overnight.
  • Mix all rub ingredients and sprinkle over all surfaces of ribs.
  • Cook ribs in a smoker at 225 degrees until internal temperature of 200-205 degrees is reached, 5-7 hours.
  • Let rest, covered loosely for 20-30 minutes before serving.


The amount of ribs and rub are for 2.5 pounds of ribs, which will yield approximately just less than 1 pound of meat. If smoking more increase accordingly.
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