How to Prepare Short Ribs for Grilling or Smoking

The Short ribs have been boned out, trimmed, and trimmed again. The rib-eye steak is sliced in half and placed on a large piece of parchment paper.

The meat can be smoked in a variety of ways, but the most common is on a grill or in a smoker.

The meat should be at room temperature before cooking, so it will cook evenly and have a better flavor.

In the offset smoker

This is the most common way to smoke short-ribs in an offset smoker. It should be cooked with indirect heat for about 4 hours at 200°F.

In addition to cooking it at this temperature, you must keep your smoker’s temperature between 200°F and 225°F during smoking.

You’ll want to make sure that you stay close by while they are smoking because they burn easily if they get too hot or too cold. If you’re going to smoke them with indirect heat, preheat your cooker with some wood chunks before putting the ribs on it; add enough wood chunks so that the temperature inside the smoker stays between 200°F and 225°F. You can also cook them in a kettle grill or smoker box, but it’s not ideal because it will take much longer to cook them.

In a charcoal Grill

If you’re going to use a charcoal grill, you’ll want to add some wood chunks to the coals before putting the ribs on the grill. It’s best to keep your temperature at about 225°F for about 4 hours, but it can vary depending on how thick your short ribs are. You may need to add more wood chunks if they start burning too quickly.

In a gas Grill

The safest way (and the best way) to smoke short-ribs in a gas grill is with indirect heat (about 225°F). It’s not ideal, but it’s better than using direct heat because they will burn quickly and easily if they get too hot or too cold. You can also cook them over direct heat, but it’s not ideal because it will take much longer to cook them.

What are Short Ribs

Short Ribs are a cut of meat that is very similar to brisket, but they have a much shorter rib section and less fat. On the other hand, they are usually more expensive than brisket.

A short rib is a small strip of meat cut from the rib section of a beef animal. It consists mainly of the bone and cartilage attached to it, with a small portion of meat on either side. The ribs are between two and five inches long, depending on the size of the animal.

The short ribs are most commonly found in roasts or stews but can be used for all kinds of dishes such as steaks, burgers, and even pulled pork sandwiches. The meat is tender and full of flavor when cooked properly.

Short ribs are usually sold in two different ways: English Cut or Flanken Cut Short ribs come from the sternum (breastbone), breastplate or flank area of the animal.

How To Cook Short Ribs In An Offset Smoker

To cook short ribs in an offset smoker, you will need:

  • Bone-In Short Ribs (1.25-2.5 lb)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Apple Juice
  • 1/2 cup of Water

In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and brown the ribs on all sides. Remove the ribs from the pan and set them aside. Add the apple juice and water to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add additional water as needed to make sure there is enough liquid in your smoker box. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Add back ribs into the pan and cover with foil (or lid). Let’s sit at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Note: You can also use this recipe for brisket or pork shoulder!

Short Ribs Taste

Short-ribs are the most tender part of the animal, so they make a great cut to use in barbecue. The short rib is a very rich cut, with a buttery flavor that is unmatched by other cuts of beef. Short are also very versatile because they can be cooked in a number of different ways. Most often, short ribs are prepared using dry heat methods such as grilling or barbecuing. However you choose to prepare your short ribs, you’ll be thrilled at how flavorful and tender these cuts are when cooked properly.

Final Thoughts

I think this recipe is a great way to use up some of the leftover short ribs that you may have. If you don’t have any leftovers, try using this recipe for pork shoulder! 


Q:   How long does it take to cook the ribs?

A: It depends on how many you are cooking. I would recommend 4 to 6 hours, but it all depends on the size and quality.

Q: Can I use both beef and pork for this recipe?

A: Yes! You can substitute both pork shoulder and beef short rib in this recipe!e

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