Beef Back Ribs Recipe

Beef Back Ribs

Beef back ribs are one of the foundations of great barbecue.  They come from the loin of the cow and are just the bone off the prime rib.  So, if you buy a bone in prime rib, you can get yourself a beautiful rack of beef back ribs by just removing the bones from the loin muscle.  Lots of people leave it on, lots of people remove it, there is no right or wrong answer.  This recipe is just to teach you how to cook these ribs if you remove them or are lucky enough to find them already removed at the butcher or grocery store. On these ribs most of the meat will end up being between the bones, unlike Plate ribs where the meat is on top of the bones.  So, you will get less meat, but it will be a little more tender and just as delicious.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Beef
Keyword: Savoury
Difficulty: Medium
Servings: 4
Author: Russell Bird



  • Preheat the smoker to 300 degrees.
    Remove the membrane from the back of the beef ribs using a paper towel to pull it off. Coat the ribs in mustard sauce and then sprinkle all over with a heavy dose of the BBQ rub and the White Lightning. Let the ribs sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes to let the seasoning melt into the meat.

Get the ribs on the smoker

  • Place the ribs onto the smoker, bone side down for about 4 hours. After 3 hours you want to remove the ribs from the smoker and wrap in butcher paper.  Butcher paper will allow the ribs to continue to take on a little bit of smoke and not mess up the beautiful bark that you put 3 hours of work into.  Place the ribs back on the smoker for an additional 2 hours to finish and tenderize.

Rest, Cut, Sauce

  • Once the ribs reach the tenderness you are looking for (you can check this by inserting a meat probe into the meat, you want it to slide in like butter with little to no resistance).  I like to let the ribs rest for about 20 minutes before I cut into them.  Slice down between the bones, add some of the BBQ sauce and serve immediately.

Step by Step

  • Remove the membrane from the ribs
  • Coat the ribs with Mustard sauce and then season all over
  • Let the Ribs rest at room temperature for 20 minutes
  • Get the ribs on the smoker at 300 degrees for 3 hours
  • Wrap the ribs in butcher paper
  • Smoke for an additional 2 hours
  • Let the ribs rest for at least 20 minutes
  • Slice between the bones, add sauce and serve
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