First Time with shortribs

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Jul 22, 2013
Hey folks, been smoking in for about 10 years and I'm ashamed to say I've never smoke any short ribs. I know I know, how can I say I'm a smoker if I've never smoked short ribs. Well we're not all perfect. I have finally found a good supply of decent quality beef short ribs and pick myself up two four bone slabs this afternoon. I'm still feeling a little lazy because of the cold, so I'm going to break out the traeger and smoke them up this weekend.

I would like to get some suggestions on type of wood, type of seasonings, temperature and time. When I've never smoked something before I usually try and get all the suggestions I can and experiment here and there to find out which ones work best for my liking. So if you've done short ribs a lot and you had some great suggestions and methods you like to use, go ahead and hit me with them and I'm going to start experimenting starting this week.
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Mar 1, 2014
I typically season them with Montreal Steak, and run the pellet grill at 250F. I may start lower for an hour or so to get more smoke. Hickory is all that I use. Sounds like these are chuck ribs, they usually take between 7 and 9 hours.
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I go pretty simple. I rub with coarse S&P and granulated garlic and onion. When it’s a nice slurry on the surface I dust with a light layer of espresso. Smoke to between 190F 205F when probe tender. I never wrap them. I like to do them with the pit around 275F.
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Feb 16, 2021
Branson, MO
Post oak only here. All you really need is course Kosher salt and course pepper. I use a light slather of yellow mustard to help the rub stick and I only season the stop and sides. Don't take the membrane off. I run them at 275 most of the time until probe tender between the bones. Should feel like a bag of melted butter. You should also be able to easily probe through the first membrane - which is before you get to the bottom membrane. I never wrap because it softens the bark. Let them rest for at least 30 minutes. Longer will be better if you can hold the temp at 145-150. If I'm going to hold them I will wrap loosely in butcher paper.

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