Beef ribs don’t really get a lot of press or acclaim. They’re bulky, to get tender they need an experienced hand, and frankly, when cooked properly, they just don’t look good. However, when done right they are among the most flavorful bites you’ll get to try. My Smoked Chipotle Beef Spare Ribs recipe is simple, but uber flavorful. I tried a different tact with these, and brushed on a chipotle mix halfway through cooking, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result!
Beef Spare Ribs
Beef spare ribs are generally accessible in most grocery meat markets. If not, just ask your meat manager and I’m sure he can get some in for you. The other thing you need to be aware of is labeling. There aren’t really regulations for labeling beef or pork cuts, leading to a very confusing array of names for different cuts. For what I’m talking about, I’m meaning a rack of beef ribs, taken from the lower section of the rib cage, without extraneous meat, or “deckle” attached. When that happens, they are sold as “chuck short ribs,” “dinosaur bones,” etc. Beef spare ribs have a lot of intrinsic fat, and they will shrink greatly as the fat renders while you’re cooking them.
Seasoning and Smoking Chipotle Beef Spare Ribs
For these ribs, I just used my Chipotle Pecan Rub for seasoning. It gives a great base flavor with a savory taste. Season the ribs fully on both sides, then allow to sit out in a pan, lightly covered, for 30 minutes before starting. I ran my Deep South Mailbox at 250 degrees for this cook, with plenty of pecan wood. After smoking for two hours, I was ready to wrap them in my Pink Butcher Paper. I brushed on my blended chipotle-beef stock mix. It really enriched the flavor and added some moisture during the cook.
Using Pink Butcher Paper
Wrapping a protein while you are cooking, whether in foil or butcher paper, helps seal in some moisture and also speeds the cooking process. To wrap an item in butcher paper, tear off a sheet about 4 times longer than the item you are cooking. Lay the ribs on the paper, fold around the edges, then flip it over to cover with paper. Continue to do this until the paper is fully around the item. That’s it- it’s like a Christmas present of flavor! Continue to cook until the ribs reach around 205 degrees, then remove and let rest for 30 minutes before serving. I mixed the remaining chipotle mix with my Bold BBQ Sauce, and it really melded the flavors together.
As always, I hope you enjoy. Now get out there and grill!Print