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I just never get tired of smoked beef back ribs or as I call them.. “prime rib on a stick”. There is nothing more beefy and more delicious that you can cook in your smoker not to mention they are easy to prepare and cook in less than 4 hours in most cases.
Because of the super rich beef flavor, I recommend that you try these with my original rub to add a touch of sweetness to the crust on the outside.
Oh.. and cook up plenty of these because they will go quick.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 4-6 hours
- Smoker Temp: 225°F (107°C)
- Meat Finish Temp: 190-200°F (88-93°C)
- Recommended Wood: Cherry/Oak
- 2-3 racks of beef back ribs
- Jeff's barbecue sauce
- Yellow mustard
- Jeff's original rub
Remove the ribs from the packaging and rinse them well under cold water.
Trim away any excess clumps and lumps of fat.
Get hold of the thick skin on the bone side of the beef ribs with a paper towel and pull it clean off. This is not easy so just do the best you can. These things get easier with practice.
You will notice that I placed the ribs into large foil pans for the prep work. This is to contain the mess.
After the fact I can tell you that there was something just a little more special and more flavorful with the ones that used the sauce instead of mustard.
It worked like a charm in mixing with the rub and creating a beautiful paste on the ribs.
Apply the sauce/mustard first then sprinkle about ¼ cup of Jeff's original rub on top and work it into the top and sides of the ribs with your hands.
This is the mustard as a base with the original rub.
And this is Jeff's barbecue sauce as a base with my original rub .. the awesome smell of the rub and sauce on the ribs was intoxicating and at this point, I couldn't wait until the beef back ribs were finished cooking!
When you're done, set the ribs aside and go get the smoker ready.
Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225°F (107°C) using indirect heat.
I used an equal mix of cherry and oak but you can use any good smoking wood that you have available.
If your smoker has a water pan, fill it up with water to keep the air inside the smoker nice and humid thereby reducing the drying effect of heated air.
Once the smoker is ready to go, place the ribs directly on the smoker grate or you can use the Weber Grill pan or Bradley Racks to make it easy to move them to and from the smoker.
Once they are finished, place them back in the pan with a piece of foil placed loosely over the top or you can just lay them on a cutting board with foil loosely tented over the top.
Let them rest for at least 10 minutes then slice them up and go to town on them bad boys!
Beef Back Ribs - Prime Rib on a Stick
- Remove beef ribs from packaging and rinse under cold water.
- Remove excess clumps of fat.
- Peel membrane or skin from bone side of ribs.
- Brush several tablespoons of barbecue sauce and/or mustard onto the meaty side of the ribs.
- Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of Jeff's original rub onto the top of the ribs and rub it in to the top and sides creating a paste.
- Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225-240°F with indirect heat.
- Use a mix of cherry and oak or whatever smoking wood you have available for smoke.
- Place the ribs on the smoker grate and let them cook for 4-5 hours or until they are tender to your liking.