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Smoked Beef Ribs

Smoked Beef Ribs are marinated in our favorite coffee and brown sugar marinade and slow smoked to perfection. These ribs are tender, juicy and so flavorful. 

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Serve these Smoked Beef Ribs up with Creamy Dill Potato Salad, The Best Macaroni Salad and a pan of pan of Skillet Cornbread and you are all set for a delicious meal. 

Smoked Beef Ribs on a sheet pan

Smoked Beef Ribs

Beef Ribs make for a hearty and delicious meal. When cooked correctly, they are tender and flavorful. A great main dish for backyard cookouts, tailgating or for grilling with your family. 

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Smoked Beef Ribs

How to Make Smoked Beef Ribs:

  • If your ribs are frozen, thaw completely in the refrigerator. Separate and place in a large bowl. 

Easy Marinade in a Le Creuset Pan with whisk

  • Prepare the marinade by adding brewed coffee, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasonings, smoked paprika, garlic and salt to a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer for about 5 minutes. Cool before pouring over meat. Cool rapidly by placing in the freezer for about 15 minutes. 

Marinated Beef Ribs

  • Pour marinade over beef ribs, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. 
  • Prepare grill or smoker to about 300°.

Beef ribs over grill fire

  • Place ribs over indirect fire and cook for 30 minutes. Brush with marinade once more. Continue cooking until internal temperature reaches about 185-190° for the most tender ribs.

Smoked Beef Ribs

  • Ribs are cooked through at 145° but they will get more tender starting at about 165° and the most tender around 190°.

This coffee and brown sugar marinade gives the ribs so much flavor that they do not need barbecue sauce. If you really love sauce on your ribs, check out our Homemade Barbecue Sauce,Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce and Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce recipes. 

If you happen to have a bit of leftover rib meat, these Short Rib Burritos are crazy-delicious and make a quick weeknight dinner.

Marinated Beef Ribs on a sheet pan

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Yield: 8 servings

Smoked Beef Ribs

Smoked Beef Ribs

Smoked Beef Ribs are marinated in our favorite coffee and brown sugar marinade and slow smoked to perfection. These ribs are tender, juicy and so flavorful. 

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds beef ribs
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare marinade by combining brewed coffee, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Italian Seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil then lower to simmer. Cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Cool rapidly by placing marinade in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Place ribs in a large bowl and cover with marinade. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
  4. Prepare grill or smoker to 300°.
  5. Place ribs over indirect heat and brush with marinade. Cook 30 minutes, brush with marinade once more. Discard remaining marinade.
  6. Continue to cook until ribs reach about 165° about 1 more hour. For fall apart tender ribs, cook to 190°.
  7. Remove from grill and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 895Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 460mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 52g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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4 Comments

  1. Miss, why discard remaining marinade? Just bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, let cool to room temp and serve as dipping sauce.

    1. Hi Eddie,
      Sometimes we will reserve part of the sauce for serving but we didn’t this time. I hope you try these ribs!

      ~ Milisa

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