How Long Does It Take To Smoke Beef Back Ribs

How Long to Smoke Beef Back Ribs

About 5 1/2 hours are needed for the complete smoking, wrapping, and resting process. Still, I always advise against using a timer and instead cooking according to texture and temperature. The BBQ timelines are merely guidelines to help you stay on schedule with your cooks. The time required to cook these ribs could range from 4 to 6 hours, contingent upon the thickness of the ribs, the smoker’s temperature, and additional variables.

After wrapping the ribs, you’ll want to start checking them after 90 minutes in the smoker. You are looking for texture/feel and temperature. The ribs are done when they are very flexible and the meat has pulled back significantly from the end of the bones. When you insert your meat thermometer, it should glide into the meat like it is softened butter. Be sure to use a nice instant-read thermometer to check those temperatures!

Where to Buy Beef Back Ribs?

Selling the valuable rib eye meat with the bones on top will bring in more money per pound for butchers than selling the meat as back ribs. They remove most of the meat from the top of the back ribs. Because of the severe trimming, some bones are visible through the meat. Look for back ribs with nice, thick marbling and as much meat as possible.

Beef back ribs are pretty affordable since they tend to be cast-offs from the rib eye production process. Look in the beef section of your grocery store or go right up to the counter and ask. A good butcher will be more than willing to sell you the back ribs and earn some money on a cut that often gets discarded. If you can’t find them in a store near you, we have ordered them from Felton Angus Beef with great success.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Ribs: For this recipe, use about 3 pounds of beef ribs in total. Although they are typically found in racks of three to four ribs, I was able to use two double rib racks. Talk to your butcher and choose the best option.
  • Yellow Mustard: This zesty, tart, and vinegary sauce gives the meat a little bite and tenderizes it while providing the spice rub with something to cling to.
  • Espresso powder gives the spice rub an unmatched, incredibly rich, and smokey flavor. Choose espresso powder or a finely ground black coffee.
  • Ancho Chili Powder: Adds a hint of fruitiness, smokiness, and pepper to the rub without overpowering it with heat.
  • Granulated Garlic: You can substitute ½ teaspoon of garlic powder for one teaspoon of granulated garlic, if necessary. Four freshly minced garlic cloves will also work, but to enhance the flavor of the spice rub, stick to powdered spices.
  • Onion powder gives the mixture a sharp, slightly sweet flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Adds a spicily hot flavor to the recipe.

How Long Does It Take To Smoke Beef Back Ribs