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Lesson Learned-Beef Ribs (don't be like Mike)

mike11891

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I am posting this as a warning to anyone that in new to smoking meat. I had never smoked full bone beef ribs before. I had braised short-ribs and love those so why not full ribs. Watched a ton of videos and then went for it. S and P, a little garlic, and then onto the smoker. After 7 hours, and a 205 internal temp, I took them off. Rested for an hour and then time to eat. Upon my first bite, I new that my rib purchase was a mistake. There was nothing wrong with the ribs just the flavor of beef ribs was not up my ally. Lesson learned, I should have purchased a couple short ribs, to experiment with and would have saved $50.
 

bregent

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The first time I smoked short ribs I had a similar experience. I guess biting into a rib I was expecting the flavor like pork ribs, but taste was different so mental disconnect. Now I love them - basically like brisket on a stick.

But good advice not to spend too much$ on something you are not familiar with.
 

mike11891

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The first time I smoked short ribs I had a similar experience. I guess biting into a rib I was expecting the flavor like pork ribs, but taste was different so mental disconnect. Now I love them - basically like brisket on a stick.

But good advice not to spend too much$ on something you are not familiar with.
Next time I go to a rib cook off I will give it another try with someone else's rib....you never know.
 

jcam222

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Interesting. What is it you didn’t like? Beef ribs are by far my favorite beef to smoke. Basically tender rich beefy brisket on a stick. Good with just SPOG and even better with an activated charcoal rub.
 

WV_Crusader

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Very odd. I have done probably 100+ lbs of beef and beef short ribs now and I love them both! I use OakRidge BBQ Black Ops run and they are candy to me! Maybe try a different place to get your meat next time?
 

WV_Crusader

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I’ve run into some issues on other cuts of meat and went different places and night and day difference in taste.
 

daspyknows

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Brisket on a rib is exactly what I think too. Smoked 2 4 rib packs last weekend and we will eat the final too tomorrow. Another Costco trip for more tomorrow.
 

negolien

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I agree for steaks and roasts yes but for ribs not a beefy fan myself either. I did some plate Wagyu when I first got my 560 and was like oh gross lol.
 

cansmoke

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I am posting this as a warning to anyone that in new to smoking meat. I had never smoked full bone beef ribs before. I had braised short-ribs and love those so why not full ribs. Watched a ton of videos and then went for it. S and P, a little garlic, and then onto the smoker. After 7 hours, and a 205 internal temp, I took them off. Rested for an hour and then time to eat. Upon my first bite, I new that my rib purchase was a mistake. There was nothing wrong with the ribs just the flavor of beef ribs was not up my ally. Lesson learned, I should have purchased a couple short ribs, to experiment with and would have saved $50.
I guess having a really goo
I am posting this as a warning to anyone that in new to smoking meat. I had never smoked full bone beef ribs before. I had braised short-ribs and love those so why not full ribs. Watched a ton of videos and then went for it. S and P, a little garlic, and then onto the smoker. After 7 hours, and a 205 internal temp, I took them off. Rested for an hour and then time to eat. Upon my first bite, I new that my rib purchase was a mistake. There was nothing wrong with the ribs just the flavor of beef ribs was not up my ally. Lesson learned, I should have purchased a couple short ribs, to experiment with and would have saved $50.
Try again! Beef ribs, as others have posted are like brisket.
 

TuckersBarbeque

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I will have to try it again then.
Curiosity, did you get plate ribs? If not, sometimes the short ribs you see in the store are chuck short ribs and have very little meat and you taste more rub and smoke than beautiful brisket like beef, which is why they are usually best braised and pulled...
 

mike11891

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Curiosity, did you get plate ribs? If not, sometimes the short ribs you see in the store are chuck short ribs and have very little meat and you taste more rub and smoke than beautiful brisket like beef, which is why they are usually best braised and pulled...
Yes, I went to my local butcher that has great meat.
 

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