Classic bbq beef ribs

Barbecue remains a traditional American food. The used recipes are written in stone per region, and the flavours are the same for over a hundred years. We are going to make classic beef ribs. That means salt and pepper and a little extra. You don’t mess around with that.
But what I do change is the method I use. I spray my meat with extra seasoning to build up the flavours. Barbecue evolves, and so should you.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 45 mins
Resting time 30 mins
Total Time 7 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, American Barbecue
Servings 4 people
Calories 76 kcal


  • 1 rack beef ribs 3 ribs or more
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder


  • 1 Liter water
  • 2 tbsp paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp salt


  • You begin with well-marbled beef ribs. No good barbecue starts with low-quality meat. Season it with an even layer of salt and pepper and a little sprinkle of onion and garlic powder.
  • Fire up your smoker with an indirect heat of 120 to 140°C (248-284F) and a chunk of smoke wood.
  • Put the beef ribs on the grates, place a thermometer and close the lid.
  • In the meantime, we make the spring liquid by boiling the water. Then we put in all the rest of the ingredients. Let it simmer until the salt and sugar are completely dissolved. You can also use my coffee maker technique you see in the video. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle.
  • When the bark has set and becomes dry, you can start spraying the beef ribs every 20 minutes.
  • The beef ribs are ready at a core temperature of 94°C (200F).
  • Wrap the beef ribs in butcher paper and let it rest for half an hour. Or longer in a cooler.
  • After the rest you can slice the meat and admire the work you’ve done.



Calories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 5330mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1789IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 2mg
Keyword beef ribs, Smoked
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