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Texas Beef Ribs

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  • Cook time: 10 h
  • Prep time: 5 minutes


Main Ingredients
  • 1 (3- to 5-pound) rack of beef short ribs (from the plate, not the chuck)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Cajun Chef or Crystal)
  • About 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup Brisket and Beef Rib Rub
  • spray bottle of water, vinegar or other liquid
Brisket and Beef Rib Rub
  • Equal parts 16-mesh ground black pepper and Kosher salt


  1. Heat the smoker to 285°F and check that the water pan is full.
  2. Trim the ribs if needed. Slather the ribs with a very light coating of hot sauce. Apply the rub (equal parts salt and black pepper).
  3. Cook the ribs, meat side up, at 285°F, for about 8 to 9 hours. Spritz with water or other liquid during the final 2 to 3 hours. Check for doneness by poking the ribs; when they feel like melted butter (about 203°F between the bones), and serve.
  4. Brisket and Beef Rib Rub Quantity: A rough guideline is that you’ll need about ½ cup (4 ounces) rub, total, for each 12-pound brisket. A 3- to 5-pound rack of beef ribs will require just a bit less rub, maybe 1/3 to ½ cup, total.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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