Grilled Beef Short Ribs? I know you’ve seen them. Those cube-like chunks of beef with the little bone on the one side should not be confused with beef plate ribs which are much, much larger and more expensive? They are laced with wonderful striations of fat and look like they would be fantastic, but how do you cook them? It’s actually quite simple. You take them to 195-200, or even 203 as some suggest, just like a brisket. See, there’s a lot of collagen to go along with that fat which has to be melted or the meat will be chewy. To get that collagen to liquify it has to go above 195. So treat it like a brisket, except the smaller size means not having to smoke for 12 hours. I did these in under 3.
Grilled Beef Short Ribs Ingredients:
I almost feel like they should have dots ranging from 1-6 on the side and I should be rolling them down some green felt. They also remind me of this pic I put on Instagram:
How to Prepare Grilled Beef Short Ribs
Simply coat all six sides of the beef short rib cubes with salt, pepper and the rub:
Now time for the Andria’s Steak Sauce:
I know some of you are wrinkling your nose right now. Don’t think of that certain A-OK steak sauce. Think heaven. This stuff is not something you dip your steak in after you cook it because a steak needs no sauce after it’s cooked other than maybe a little compound butter melted on top. This is a basting and marinating sauce. It’s absolutely amazing. I use it on everything from pizza to venison to oysters to steaks. A poor, but somewhat adequate substitute, for Andria’s is Worcestershire sauce and some granulated garlic. Make sure to give it a go in meatloaf or burgers (trust me!)
I poured some on the plate and then dipped each side of the beef short ribs in the Andria’s.
How to Grill Beef Short Ribs on a Charcoal Grill
Then I dropped the soon to be grilled beef short ribs into my kamado grill which was hovering right around 300F degrees:
How long does it take to get these beefies to temp? Depends on how hot the fire is. I did them around 300F and it took close to 3 hours. If you were to do them at say 225F, they would take significantly longer. The moral here is don’t judge by time. Judge by temp. Get an instant read thermometer and stop taking the guess work out of your grilling. I can’t tell you how much better my grilling has become since I got one.
Here are my ribs ready to come off the grill:
How long should you grill short ribs?
195F to 203F. Of the ones I grilled here, the smallest one was sitting at 203F and the biggest was 195F, so I covered the entire spectrum.
So how did I do?
One more shot:
Grilled Beef Short Ribs Recap
That’s it. Season with salt and pepper, rub them, give them a little bath of sultry/savory and throw them into the smoker.
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If you are looking for those huge beef ribs (known as plate ribs) then we can help.
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Grilled Beef Short Ribs
- Season the beef short ribs with salt, pepper and your favorite rub
- Pour some Andria's on a plate and dip each side in the sauce
- Place on a 300 degree smoker with some smoke wood (I used pecan)
- Smoke until they get to 195-203
- Remove from the heat and serve