Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs

Mesquite smoked beef ribs with a peppery Texas-style rub and a tangy KC barbecue sauce put the meaty stamp of approval on any summer cookout.
Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs

Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. I received product samples from sponsors to use in creating #BBQWeek recipes. However, all opinions are mine alone.

This is my third day participating in #BBQWeek (I will be posting all week long) just in time  for the opening salvo of summer: Memorial Day weekend, when the weather really starts getting warm enough for things like cookouts,  picnics, and sometimes swimming.

Today I am doing a couple of different kinds of beef ribs: split beef back ribs and also some beef short ribs. They can cook at the same time so it is ok to mix them (as I often mix up a variety of meats for a cookout). These I am pairing with a spice rub using Adam’s Great Steak of Texas seasoning, which is blended for beef, and has a nice peppery bite.

To finish, I have stirred up a Kansas City style barbecue sauce which is dark and sweet and spicy with a bit of tang. It’s a regional favorite out west.

These I have cooked on my smoker,  which is a pellet fed Traeger (I have several other grills as well). You can also do this on a regular grill using indirect heat and a smoker box or packets of smoking chips (although that requires more attention to the temperature over  a number of hours as well as keeping the smoke fed). You could possibly also do these up on the grill to get them a bit smoky and then finish in a low oven. The smoke penetration is best the first couple of hours and the biggest reason for the long term is to break the collagen as well as get the distinctive dark bark (trust me, it is NOT burnt even though it may appear very very dark—that’s the good stuff) and while you won’t get that bark in the oven, you will do ok in a pinch.

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Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs
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Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs

  • 3-1/2  pounds assorted beef ribs: split beef back ribs and/or beef short ribs
  • 1 (4.69 ounce) bottle Adams Great Steak of Texas seasoning
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon  paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • mesquite wood chunks or pellets (for the smoker) as needed

Kansas City style Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 ounce jar diced pimiento peppers
  • 3/4 cup brown  sugar
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard


  1. Stir together the steak seasoning,  sugar,  paprika  and chili powder in a small bowl.
  2. Rub ribs generously with bbq rub and let rest until they reach room  temperature.
  3. Saute onions and garlic in butter in a small saute pan until soft.
  4. Place onions and garlic in a food processor with the tomato sauce and diced pimientos and puree until smooth.
  5. Stir together the puree in a saucepan with the brown sugar, molasses. vinegar, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, celery seed  and mustard.
  6. Cook over low heat on the stove (or in the smoker with a disposable pan while the ribs smoke), stirring, until sauce thickens.
  7. Prepare smoker with mesquite wood chips or pellets and preheat to 225°F.
  8. Smoke for 6-8 hours or until internal temperature reaches 195°-200°F. and meat is fork tender, basting occasionally with sauce several times during the smoking  process.
  9. Serve additional sauce with ribs at the table.

From  the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs

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Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs
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10 responses

    • I’ve been really happy with the Traeger. I’ve had a Brinkmann smoker , a Chargrill smoker and another smoker, none of which pleased me as much as this one. I still have a couple of other grills and a hibachi that get heavy use. Even with those and knowing how to use a grill like a smoker, I still love the smoker.

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