Simple and Tasty Smoked Beef Short Ribs

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Smoked Beef Short Ribs are an underrated bbq treat that I really enjoy. I’m sure you’ve seen packages of them at the grocery store or at your local butcher. If you have ever wondered how to prepare them, and if they taste any good, keep reading. Teaser: they’re easy to make and they taste amazing.

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What are Beef Short Ribs?

Before we get into how to prepare them, let’s talk about what exactly they are.

Beef short ribs are found at the end of the ribs near the breastbone. They have good marbling and lots of beefy flavor. You can purchase them in a “plate” which is typically three long bones with meat in between each rib, or you can get them “English Style” which is individual short bones (2″ or so) with meat on top. English style is what you most often will see at the grocery store.

For this recipe, we are using “English Style” beef short ribs. You can find my smoked beef plate ribs recipe here.

smoked beef short ribs recipe

What You’ll Need to Make Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Like most of my recipes, this one is simple. It just requires a little bit of time and some simple seasonings. I get these in a pack of 4 ribs when I cook them, but you can certainly cook more than four since your smoker will be on, or throw something else in there alongside of them.

In addition to the ribs, you’ll need some beef broth and a good bbq rub. I prefer my homemade rub for beef. Other good options are Traeger’s Blackened Saskatchewan rub, or Whiskeybent BBQ’s The Rocks.

You’ll also need a good-sized cast iron skillet or disposable pan that will fit all of the meat, and some aluminum foil. Mesquite or Hickory wood is my preference for smoking these.

Now that we have all of our ingredients, it’s time to fire up that smoker and make some smoked beef short ribs.

How to Make Beef Short Ribs

Set up your smoker to smoke at 225 degrees using indirect heat.

While the smoker is warming up generously season each of the short ribs. You want to make sure the entire cut is covered in seasoning.

seasoned beef short ribs

Once the smoker is up to temp put each of the ribs on the smoker, meat side up, and let them smoke for 3 hours. After 3 hours remove each of the ribs from the smoker, and place them in your cast iron skillet or a disposable aluminum pan. Add in a little bit of beef broth (1/2 cup), and then cover the pan tight with foil and put it back in the smoker.

Let the smoked beef short ribs continue to cook for another 2 hours, and then remove the foil, but leave them in the pan. Continue to let them smoke for an additional 30 minutes.

beef short ribs in a cast iron skillet on the smoker

When the ribs are done the meat will have pulled back significantly from the bone, and you’ll have tasty little nuggets ready to be devoured.

I hope you give this recipe a try, and have the opportunity to taste just how wonderful beef short ribs are!

beef short ribs in a cast iron skillet on the smoker
Yield: 4 ribs

Simple and Tasty Smoked Beef Short Ribs

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

If you've ever wondered how to smoke beef short ribs, look no further. This recipe is easy to follow, and the end result is phenomenal.


  • 4+ Beef Short Ribs cut "English Style"
  • 1/2 cup bbq rub
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  1. Setup your smoker to smoke at 225 using indirect heat
  2. Generously season the ribs
  3. Place ribs directly on the grill grate and let smoke for 3 hours
  4. Remove ribs from the grill and place in a cast-iron skillet or disposable aluminum pan.
  5. Pour in beef broth and then cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  6. Cook for an additional two hours and then remove the foil.
  7. Leave the ribs in the pan and let them cook for an additional 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 668mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 20g

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6 Replies to “Simple and Tasty Smoked Beef Short Ribs

  1. Done this recipe many times. Its a good one. However last time I marinated the ribs in jalapeno wine along with beef broth and rib rub for about 3hrs. then smoked. tried green chilly beer too. Outstanding.

  2. Most Traeger recipes do not work for me but I tried this one. I cooked at 250 degrees on my ironwood 885 and it came out perfectly.

  3. T-minus 30 minutes and counting until I will be serving my short ribs! My neighbor walked over and has begged me for one of my ribs. I can’t wait!!! This easy recipe is giving me more courage to try a brisket.

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