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Glistening, juicy smoked beef ribs resting on a cutting board.

How to make Beef Ribs

Have you dreamed of cooking those dinosaur-sized Beef Ribs but were slightly intimidated? My simple and delicious recipe would make Fred Flintstone proud.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 45 minutes


  • 1 4-Bone rack of Plate (preferred) or Chuck Ribs
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 1/4 cup Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Classic BBQ Rub (optional)


  1. Start your smoker and get it up to 275 degrees F.

  2. Remove the membrane off the back of the rack of ribs (optional but recommended)

  3. Season liberally with salt/pepper and optional Classic BBQ Rub

  4. When the smoker hits 275 add your smoking wood of choice. Post Oak, Hickory, Fruitwood, etc.

  5. Place the rack of ribs in the smoker and cook for 3 hours at 275 uncovered.

  6. After 3 hours remove and wrap in aluminum foil (you can use butcher paper or leave them uncovered but it will increase cook times)

  7. Cook the Beef Ribs in the foil for an additional 2.5 hrs.

  8. Remove the ribs when your temp probe slides in like butter. This should be in the 195-205 degree F range.

  9. Remove the Beef Ribs and let them rest in a dry cooler for 45 minutes to an hour

  10. After the rest slice between the bones and enjoy

  11. Take a picture and tag @ilovemeatdotcom on social media.