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Texas Style Beef Ribs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins
Texas style beef ribs, prepared mainly with short ribs or back ribs, are a delicious BBQ recipe to make for long summer days.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Servings: 4 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
  • 8 beef ribs (back ribs or short ribs)
  • 4 oz wood chips (oak, hickory or applewood)
For dry rub
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (or paprika)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper , freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
For Sopping Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 dried red pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup ketchup
Sopping Sauce
  1. Mix all the ingredients except ketchup in a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer mixture to a saucepan and add ketchup.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat.
  5. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
Texas Style Beef Ribs
  1. The day before, prepare the dry rub by combining all the spices.
  2. Cover the beef ribs with the dry rub.
  3. Lay the ribs in a dish, cover with foil and let stand overnight or at least 4 hours.
  4. The next day, place the wood chips and water in the smoker box or place wood chips in a foil pouch and poke the pouch to let the smoke out.
  5. Light the grill on one side until the temperature reaches 225F/100C.

  6. Place the smoker box over the fire.
  7. Place ribs bone side down, well spaced, on the side of the BBQ where there is no fire so that the meat is grilled with indirect fire.
  8. Grill the ribs for at least 4 hours or more, until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 203F/95C.

  9. During the last hour of grilling, baste the ribs with the sopping sauce 2 or 3 times.
  10. Serve with coleslaw, baked or potato salad.