There are SO many way to cook beef short ribs, smoker, oven or even the crockpot, but before you get to cooking you need a proper slather and a rub! This is instructions for preparing your short ribs to hit the smoker.
A slather is a wet mixture that you brush onto the ribs before you sprinkle the rub on. This helps the rub stick to the meat, and imparts some extra flavor and moisture. The trouble with ribs is they need a loooong cooking time to break down the meat enough to be tender/good eats. This slather and dry rub combination helps keep the meat from drying out while they cook.
For this recipe I used racks, not individually cut ribs. However it should work either way. You can also use this slather and rub on brisket!
Beef short ribs are the equivalent of spare ribs in pork, with beef short ribs usually larger and more meaty
Prepping your rack of ribs.
You will want to remove any top layer of fat on the racks. Here’s the thing, the ribs have a lot of fat IN the meat so you don’t need all that fat sitting on top. Trust me on this one. It was tested both ways, and it’s much better to cut off the fat on top. It pained me to do it, but it was a lot better! There might also be this stuff called silver skin on your racks. It may be on both sides, it’s a membrane and it will prevent your delicious spices from getting onto the meat! No bueno! Remove! Here is a good example of what it looks like.
Now you are ready to SLATHER those beef short ribs!
Mix together the ingredients below for your slather and using a basting brush, apply a thin coat on all sides of the ribs. Top, bottom, and edges. Use the brush and really get in the nooks and crannies!
After slathering up your ribs, sprinkle on the dry rub. I have a VERY simple recipe below. You can use whatever you want here, just make sure some salt in included. Two really healthy salts that have minerals in them are Real Salt and Himalayan pink salt. Now you are ready to cook your ribs as desired!
Short Ribs Slather Recipe
- 4 tablespoons Mayo
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Dry Rub:
- 2 parts salt
- 4 parts Mesquite Herb Blend- from Mountain Rose Herbs. This blend has a very BBQ flavor and it is totally organic and delicious!
Remove the silver skin from the rack of ribs.
Mix the mayo, apple cider vinegar, onion and garlic power together in a bowl.
Using a basting brush, spread on the slather on the ribs.
Sprinkle on the dry rub over the slather generously. You can use any dry rub you like .
Smoke or prepare the rubs as usual.
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Serving Size:1/4 recipe
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 102
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I hope you give this a try and enjoyed my beef short ribs recipe prep!
PS- If you are just learning how to smoke meats at home, check out this 2 minute video on smoking a chicken, its so simple and you will learn the basics!
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