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Beef Ribs 101

Smoked beef ribs are now easy with the Barrel House Cooker. Follow these basic steps for the best results.

Beef Ribs

Items Needed

  • Seasoning
  • Disposable drip pan
  • Cook Time: About 2.5 hours
  • Meat Internal Temp: 200°F
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It is important to follow the easy lighting instructions. When the cooker is lit correctly, it operates at the correct temperature for the entire cook.

We highly recommend the use of a digital instant read thermometer, such as the Javelin Instant Read Thermometer, to check the internal temp of food for doneness. This quickly ensures perfectly cooked food to your preferred level of doneness (e.g. rare vs. well done).

Hooked Beef Ribs

Hooked beef ribs ready to hang.

Beef Ribs Hanging

Beef ribs hanging in the cooker.

  1. Generously apply a seasoning of your choice.
  2. Insert hook 2-3 bones down from the top of the thicker end. Make sure the hook is all the way through and the point is facing up.
  3. Once the cooker is lit according to our instructions, hang the beef ribs on the H-Frame, making sure to leave some space between each rack of ribs.

    Tip: we recommend placing a drip pan on a complete grate on the bottom level of the cooker since beef ribs drip a lot of grease during the cook.

    Close the lid.
  4. Cooking Temperature: When properly started, the temperature inside the barrel will be 275-315°F; however, the thermometer will typically read between 220-260°F. The lid thermometer shows a lower temperature than where the food is cooking because it is affected by the exhaust.
  5. Let the beef ribs cook for about 2.5 hours depending on size, thickness, and number of racks until the bones start to stick out at least an inch.
  6. Remove the ribs when they've reached about 200°F internally.
  7. Cut the ribs up and serve!

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