beef ribs, i want to master them!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by drdrew, May 10, 2011.

  1. drdrew

    drdrew Newbie

    hello.  looking for any and all beef ribs tips for the most tender possible.

    specific question, salt...i have heard not to salt beef in a rub as it will draw out moisture?  agree or no?  is it okay to add once starting to smoke?  do you recommend an overnight rub with or without salt or not at all?

    do you endorse 3-2-1 for beef ribs or something similar for steam to tenderize?

    thanks for any inputs!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If there is salt in the rub I usually just put the rub on a couple of hours before I put them in the smoker, if no salt then overnight is OK, but not necessary. I do beef ribs the same as pork 3-2-1.
  3. I'm with Al. I will add that when I do 3-2-1 with beef ribs I add beer to the foil pack, they turn out awesome.
  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use the 3-2-1 on my Beef ribs.

    The rubs I use generally have about 1 TBS of salt per cup of rub.

    I don't add any more salt, and I rub most things the night before smoking, including my Beef Ribs.

    Also, I never taste any salt in anything that I do this way.

  6. drdrew

    drdrew Newbie

    thanks guys...looks like i got some light reading to do :)
  7. fmfa0801

    fmfa0801 Smoke Blower

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  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, guess I am the Devil's advocate as I never take them that far (3-2-1). You like a "well-done" steak, then go for it. I like more of a medium one so opt for a 2-2- .5

    No more than 4 1/2 hours, whatever configuration you might want. A great marinade is Mojo Crillio. Just stay away from the Goya brand.

     I even like leaving them in a pan of mojo and spoon it over the ribs as you smoke. These ribs have been pre-separated. Short ribs and beef backed ribs.



    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  9. What don't you like about the Goya brand Mojo? Just curious. I like it, although i think its a bit salty. I use it for skirt steak often.

  10. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     I find Goya to watery actually. Probably more bitter Orange, I guess?  Doesn't adhere to the meat as well as Badia, Lizzy or other brands I've used. Even Winn Dixie and now Publix carry their own brands and are much thicker than Goya. I might force myself to use the Goya Chipolte though. Ever used that one?
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  11. drdrew

    drdrew Newbie

    Here's my plan. I think beef riBs will tenderize in the steam. Much like in a crock pot. So i am going to do a 2-4.5-1, with the 4.5 at about 190 degrees...stupid or no?
  12. No but thank you for the list Flash. When my wallet isn't thin I've made mojo myself but that adds a few bucks to the grocery bill if you don't have the ingredients on hand. I will definitely be trying those other brands brother and I thank you for the tip!


  13. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    you guys got me goin,    i just bought a rack and they are in the fridge rubbed down for a saturday smoke!
  14. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    4.5 in foil @ 190º might be a little too long, I would do no more than 3hrs in the foil. But that's my 2¢

    What ever way you decide to smoke them don't forget the Qview! [​IMG]
  15. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You will really not need the  -1 at the end of that. The 4.5 will have them literally falling off the bone....that is if you can find the bone. Remember the first number gives you your smoke, the 2nd braises them and the 3rd firms them up some. A 2-4.5-1 is a total of 7 1/2 hours, way to much for beef ribs....even pork for that matter.
  16. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     Good luck. I find alot of my Mojo at Sav-A-Lot stores. Of course folks up North  may not see it as readily as we do down South. I have made it also, but just compare bottles. You with notice a more creamy consistency and much more spices in the Badia and other brands I mentioned. We usually pay no more than $1.97 here for a bottle.
  17. drdrew

    drdrew Newbie

    but i don't want them soggy, so shouldnt i still do the firming up at the end?  i will check them in the foil for tenderness after 2 hrs and then every hour after untill desired tenderness?
  18. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     Well you know the saying, "Practice makes perfect". You may have to make a few attempt for you to find the consistency you like. My wife loves 3-2-1. I like alittle more bite, so I opt for 3.5-1.5-1

     You may find you will adjust either the 2nd or 3rd number or even both to reach the way YOU like them. And yes for firming them up, you will want to have some amount of time out of the foil.

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