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Whole Beef Short Ribs - Heavy Bear/Q View

post #1 of 39
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I stumbled upon this site that gives methods for both Texas and Chicago style whole short ribs. 




I have been doing everything without foil lately, and wanted to try this particular cut without foil.  Mostly because I know in classic cooking, these things LOVE to be braised.  After reading the info on that site, I went for it.


I went with a modified version of MDM's rub.  Mrs. Scooper is always asking for Old Bay on things.  Plus I get the, "Does everything always have to be smoked?" all the time.  So I knew I could sell her on these if Old Bay was on them.


End result:  Freakin' awesome!  Moist, tender, with a good pull and bite.  Incredible flavor and smoke.  I will do them like this from now on.  I may use less sugar in the future, but the wife loves it the way it was. 


This is not a spicy rub, so add what ever you want if you want heat.



Dry Ingredients–Only
1/3 Cup granulated sugar
1/3 Cup brown sugar
3 tspn. Old Bay Seasoning (sh-h-h, secret ingredient of MDM)
6 Tbspns. Kosher Salt or Coarse Mediterranean Sea Salt
¼ tspn. of paprika
1 tspn. dry mustard powder
2 Tbspns. ground black pepper
1 Tbspn. garlic salt
1 Tbspn. dried onion
1Tbspn. dried basil


My version:


2/3 cup Turbinado sugar
4 TBLSP Kosher Salt
1 TBLSP Old Bay Seasoning

½ tsp Paprika
1 tsp Dry Mustard powder
2 TBLSP Coarse ground black pepper
1 TBLSP Granulated garlic
1 TBLSP Granulated onion
½ tsp Ground Rosemary

½ tsp Ground Bay Leaves






MGS 30

Hickory Chunks

225 average temp

Pulled out at 180 after 6 hours

No spritz, no foil



First a trip Restaurant Depot for the ribs.


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Just beautiful!


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I took off the silver skin on the top, and as much outer fat as i could get.


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I have plans for this!


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You saw this coming, right?


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In they go for a 6 hour ride. I separated those 2 that are touching right after I snapped the pic.


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Bear Drooling Time!  Various shots, with and without flash.


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With Yukon Gold smashed 'taters, gold beets, and zucchini. 


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One last Bear tease:


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post #2 of 39

Man................. those look Awesome!

Nice and juicy............ and the bark is..................................icon_eek.gif

post #3 of 39

for sure, I need to go and buy some beef short ribs again. this is making me hungry! that bark looks great!

post #4 of 39
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys!  Yeah, raptor, that bark was off the charts.  I came home from work today and nuked one for a minute, and let it sit for a bit.  Damn was it good!



I meant to add something to the stats, but I just remembered about it.  I was pretty good about not peeking at them unless I was adding more wood, so the heat was constant.  But right at 147 IT degrees they hit a stall for around 25 - 30 minutes.  I knew that this had to be normal, so I just waited for the temp to start climbing, and sure enough it did.


Since spares and BB's are too thin to probe, I am sure they stall too, but we just don't know it. 

post #5 of 39


That's exactly right scooper,

Your starting to figure this "smoking" thing outicon14.gif



Since spares and BB's are too thin to probe, I am sure they stall too, but we just don't know it. 


post #6 of 39
Thread Starter 

I'm slow, but I eventually figure things out.  rolleyes.gif

post #7 of 39

Those look great, Scooper.  I usually braise mine, and I have been working up my courage?  I think you have pushed me over the edge!


Good luck and good smoking.

post #8 of 39

Awesome Scooper!


The ribs look fantastic!

post #9 of 39

Damn Chef...I don't know how I missed these! They look great and I like the sound of that rub of yours...JJ

Edited by Chef JimmyJ - 1/14/12 at 6:27pm
post #10 of 39
Thread Starter 

Thank you, Chef! 


I am going to Restaurant Depot tomorrow.  I just might have to grab a pack of those.  biggrin.gif

post #11 of 39

Get a pack for me?


Link saved.


Just fantastic!


Good luck and good smoking.

post #12 of 39

The grocery had dino bones on sale today but they where all shiners so I passed.  Your short ribs have lots of meat and makes we wish I had found some nice ones. 

post #13 of 39


Now Al tha only place that I have seen them ribs are at restuarant depot. They call them long bone short ribs and they are really good too.

post #14 of 39
Thread Starter 

Oh my.  P+rn alert!



post #15 of 39

 did you keep them on the smoke for the whole 6 hours?


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post #17 of 39

I am gonna have to get me some of these next trip to the depot! they look terrific


post #18 of 39

Those look delish. Nice work scoop.

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post #20 of 39

Mmmm, looks very good!

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