Smoked beef country style ribs, usually from the chuck roast but can be from other parts as well, are cut into strips that are perfectly sized for individual servings just like their pork counterparts.

In this recipe, I created a marinade, which I will share with you below, that puts a lot of wonderful flavor into them in just a few short hours or overnight to help bring out that amazing beef flavor that we all love so much.

I do love doing these and I haven't done any for a very long time so I figured it was 'bout time!

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 4-8 hours
  • Cook Time: 1.5 to 4 hours (depends on cut, thickness, etc.)
  • Smoker Temp: 225°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 140 or 185°F (depends on cut, see notes within recipe)
  • Recommended Wood: Pecan
What You'll Need
Marinate the Beef Country Style Ribs

Remove the beef from it's package and give them a good rinse under cold water.

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Place the meat in a ziptop bag or other plastic/glass lidded container

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Beef CSR Marinade

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup worcestershire
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves, minced garlic
  • 2 TBS Jeff’s rub
  • 2 TBS molasses
  • 1 tsp cayenne

Mix well and pour over beef country style ribs to cover

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Season the Ribs with Jeff's Rub

Remove the meat from the marinade (do not rinse).

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Coat the meat with yellow mustard

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Pour some of Jeff's original rub onto the meat and massage it into all sides.

Lay the seasoned meat onto a bradley rack, Weber grill pan or cookie sheet for easy transport out to the smoker.

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Get the Smoker Ready

Prepare your smoker for cooking at about 225°F with indirect heat.

Fill the water pan with water if your smoker has one and have enough smoking wood to last about 1.5 to 2 hours. I use and recommend pecan if you have it.

Let the smoker preheat to 225 °F before placing the meat in the smoker.

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An Important Note About Beef Country Style Ribs

I have been smoking this cut for long enough to know that every location and butcher does them a little different. Interestingly enough, they all tend to look similar but some of them are cut from the chuck roast while others are cut from more tender parts.

For this reason, I recommend you monitor the internal temperature of these and check the tenderness once they reach about 135°F which is a good medium rare.

If they happen to be tender at 135°F then they are ready to eat. If they are still tough as shoe leather, then you likely have some made from the chuck roast and they will need to be cooked to about 185 or so.

From my research, it seems that most of them are chuck and will take 4-5 hours of smoky heat to tenderize them but I did want to caution you to make sure.

A great tool for checking the temperature on these is the improved ThermoPop digital pocket thermometer which reads in 3-4 seconds (that's fast), is splash-proof and is being offered now for only $29. One of my favorite toys.. er, tools;-)

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Smoking the Beef Country Style Ribs

Place the Bradley rack on the smoker grate or place the meat directly on the smoker grate and let the smoking begin.

Be sure to use a digital probe meat thermometer to monitor the temperature.

When the meat reaches about 135°F (about 1 to 1.5 hours), check it for tenderness by sticking a toothpick or thermometer probe into it. If it feels tender, remove a piece of the meat and cut/taste it to see where you are as described above in the “Important Note“.

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If it is done, then all is well.

If it is not done, continue to smoke cook the meat until it is tender to your liking. This can take as many as 4-5 hours in some cases.

I recommend wrapping them in foil for a couple of hours to help them tenderize more.

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Sear the Outside on the Grill (optional)

Once my beef ribs were done cooking in the smoker, I immediately placed them on a very hot grill to get a little sear on the outside and, in my opinion, it was worth it.

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Brush some of my sauce on the outside and let them cook for about 4 minutes on each side putting them at the 2 o'clock position first for about 2 minutes then at the 10 o'clock position for a couple of minutes to get perfect 90 degree sear marks on the outside.

Flip them over and repeat the 2 and 10 position to get the good looking and tasty sear on the other side.

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Serve it Up

Serve the beef CSR ribs immediately.

Questions

Do I have to marinate the meat? 

No. The marinating step is completely optional. The ribs will be good even if you don't but I do highly recommend that you do if possible.

If it becomes obvious that the meat will need longer cooking times, how long and when to wrap in foil? 

When the meat reaches about 160°F is a great time to wrap the meat in foil or optionally, place it in a foil pan covered with foil. Leave the meat wrapped in the foil until it reaches about 185°F or when you determine that it is tender to your liking. Then place the meat on the grill (as described above) for a few minutes to add some great flavor and color to the outside. This is also a great time to brush with some of my delicious barbecue sauce (purchase recipes here) if you so desire.

How do you recommend serving the meat?

I have been known to just give each person an entire “rib” but I also like to slice it thin and place it on top of a vegetable salad.

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Smoked Beef Country Style Ribs

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Smoked beef country style ribs, usually from the chuck roast but can be from other parts as well, are cut into strips that are perfectly sized for individual servings just like their pork counterparts.

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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Hot Smoking

Ingredients

  • 4-6 beef country style ribs
  • Beef CSR Marinade (recipe below)
  • Brining container or zip top bag
  • Yellow mustard
  • Jeff’s rub
  • 1/3 cup Jeff’s barbecue sauce

Instructions

Marinate the Beef Country Style Ribs

  1. Remove the beef from it’s package and give them a good rinse under cold water.
  2. Place the meat in a ziptop bag or other plastic/glass lidded container

Beef CSR Marinade

  1. -1/2 cup orange juice
  2. -1/2 cup worcestershire
  3. -¼ cup soy sauce
  4. -4 cloves, minced garlic
  5. -2 TBS Jeff’s rub
  6. -2 TBS molasses
  7. -1 tsp cayenne
  8. Mix well and pour over beef country style ribs to cover

Season the Ribs with Jeff’s Rub

  1. Remove the meat from the marinade (do not rinse).
  2. Coat the meat with yellow mustard
  3. Pour some rub onto the meat and massage it into all sides.
  4. Lay the seasoned meat onto a bradley rack or cookie sheet for easy transport out to the smoker.

Get the Smoker Ready

  1. Prepare your smoker for cooking at about 225°F with indirect heat.
  2. Fill the water pan with water if your smoker has one and have enough smoking wood to last about 2 hours. I use and recommend pecan if you have it.
  3. Let the smoker preheat to 225 °F before placing the meat in the smoker.

An Important Note About Beef Country Style Ribs

  1. I have been smoking this cut for long enough to know that every location and butcher does them a little different. Interestingly enough, they all tend to look similar but some of them are cut from the chuck roast while others are cut from more tender parts. For this reason, I recommend you monitor the internal temperature of these and check the tenderness once they reach about 135°F which is a good medium rare. If they happen to be tender at 135 then they are ready to eat. If they are still tough as shoe leather, then you likely have some made from the chuck roast and they will need to be cooked to about 185 or so. From my research, it seems that most of them are chuck and will take 4-5 hours of smoky heat to tenderize them but I did want to caution you to make sure.

Smoking the Beef Country Style Ribs

  1. Place the Bradley rack on the smoker grate or place the meat directly on the smoker grate and let the smoking begin.
  2. Be sure to use a digital probe meat thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  3. When the meat reaches about 135 °F (about 1 to 1.5 hours), check it for tenderness by sticking a toothpick or thermometer probe into it. If it feels tender, remove a piece of the meat and cut/taste it to see where you are as described above in the “Important Note“.
  4. If it is done, then all is well.
  5. If it is not done, continue to smoke cook the meat until it is tender to your liking. This can take as many as 4-5 hours in some cases.
  6. I recommend wrapping them in foil for a couple of hours to help them tenderize more.

Sear the Outside on the Grill (optional)

  1. Once my beef ribs were done cooking in the smoker, I immediately placed them on a very hot grill to get a little sear on the outside and, in my opinion, it was worth it.
  2. Brush some of my sauce on the outside and let them cook for about 4 minutes on each side putting them at the 2 o’clock position first for about 2 minutes then at the 10 o’clock position for a couple of minutes to get perfect 90 degree sear marks on the outside.
  3. Flip them over and repeat the 2 and 10 position to get the good looking and tasty sear on the other side.

Serve it Up

  1. Serve the beef CSR ribs immediately.

Questions

  1. Do I have to marinate the meat? No. The marinating step is completely optional. The ribs will be good even if you don’t but I do highly recommend that you do if possible.
  2. If it becomes obvious that the meat will need longer cooking times, how long and when to wrap in foil? When the meat reaches about 160°F is a great time to wrap the meat in foil or optionally, place it in a foil pan covered with foil. Leave the meat wrapped in the foil until it reaches about 185°F or when you determine that it is tender to your liking. Then place the meat on the grill (as described above) for a few minutes to add some great flavor and color to the outside. This is also a great time to brush with some sauce if you so desire.
  3. How do you recommend serving the meat? I have been known to just give each person an entire “rib” but I also like to slice it thin and place it on top of a vegetable salad.

 

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4 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Larry October 30, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Hey Jeff enjoy your news letter and recipes Thank you for sharing. You mention other cuts of meat for these CSR ..what are they so I can ask my butcher..
    Thanks again Larry

    • Jeff Phillips October 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      A few right off the top of my head is the cross rib roast, the chuck roast and the bottom round.

  2. Tim October 30, 2014 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Is this a boneless rib?

    • Jeff Phillips October 30, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Yes.. the beef country style ribs are boneless.

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