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Plate Beef Short Ribs

Smoked Beef Ribs

How to smoke the most incredible beef ribs. Smoked Beef Plate Ribs are rich, tender, and melt in your mouth like butter. 
Course Entree
Cuisine American, BBQ, Barbecue
Keyword Plate Ribs, Short Ribs, Smoked Beef Ribs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 141kcal


  • 2 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 3 bone plate beef short ribs about 8 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dry red wine like merlot
  • 1 cup beef stock


  • Prepare ribs by trimming the silver skin and excess fat off the top of the ribs the day before cooking. Combine pepper, salt, granulated garlic, and cayenne into a small bowl.
  • Coat the ribs with olive oil, and liberally apply dry rub, cover and place back into the fridge overnight.
  • The day of cooking, preheat the smoker to 275 degrees F. At the same time, remove the ribs from the refrigerator. Insert a meat thermometer probe like the Smoke unit (optional) and place onto the smoker when it reaches temperature. 
  • Combine the wine and beef stock into a food safe spray bottle for your spritz.
  • Smoke for two hours, and then begin spritzing every 30 minutes for up to an additional 4 to 6 hours. As the internal temperature of the beef ribs reads 200 degrees, begin probing with a handheld instant read thermometer looking for consistent temperature of somewhere between 200-210, and that the probe inserts easily, like inserting into room temperature butter. This could take more time if your ribs are large. Always cook to temperature, not exact time. 
  • When at temperature, remove from smoker, and wrap in foil or butcher paper, and place into a cooler (with no ice) to rest for at least 30 minutes. Remove and slice between the bones and serve with your favorite side like polenta or a root vegetable puree.



Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3610mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg