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Sliced short ribs

Texas Style Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Skip the sweet rubs and sauces and let the beef flavor shine through in this recipe for Texas Style Barbecue Beef Short Ribs. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 531kcal
Author Joe Clements


  • 5 lb rack beef short ribs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the rub:

  • 3 tbsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • apple juice for spritzing


  • Prepare smoker for indirect cooking at 250°F using a neutral wood like apple, cherry or pecan.
  • Trim fat and silver skin from the meaty side. Remove membrane from bone side
  • Mix rub ingredients together and set aside
  • Coat ribs in a liquid like olive oil or hot sauce
  • Apply rub evenly being sure to get plenty on the sides
  • Place bone side down on pre-heated smoker
  • Smoke for between 6 - 10 hours between 250° - 275°F
  • Give the ribs a spritz of apple juice after about 5 hours (apple cider vinegar or water work as well)
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker when your temperature probe reads 203 - 210°F and wrap in foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes
  • Slice the ribs and serve with beans and coleslaw


Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 2507mg | Potassium: 1053mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 6mg