Smoked Short Ribs

Cook Time

360 Mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

15 Mins




1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Cup Apple Juice

4 Tablespoon Louisiana Grills Beef and Brisket Rub

4 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 1/2 Pounds (or 6 large) Beef Short Rib(s)

Cooking Instructions

These Smoked Short Ribs are first smoked on the pellet grill for 2 hours, naked on the grill gates, for maximum flavor absorption. After reaching an internal temperature of 145°F where the meat can no longer absorb smoke, the ribs are placed in a baking dish where they are braised in an apple juice and apple cider vinegar mixture that breaks down the fat and collagen, rendering out of this world fall off the bone ribs. The result is Beef Short Ribs that will have your guests asking for seconds...and thirds.

Why Braise Short Ribs?

Beef short ribs have some tough collagen that is hard to break down. The simmering liquid helps speed up the process while keeping the meat from drying out during the long cook. Braising breaks all that collagen down into tender, gelatinous meat that melts in your mouth when you bite into it.

Smoked Beef Short Ribs Internal Temperature

Although it can vary slightly, beef short ribs are usually done when they reach an internal temperature of 200 to 205°F. If you pick up the rack and it bends while starting to slightly come apart, then they are ready to pull off the grill.

Wood Pellet Recommendation

We recommend utilizing the sweet and savory flavors of the Louisiana Grills Competition Blend Wood for this recipe.

Note: This recipe uses the Louisiana Grills Beef and Brisket Rub seasoning.

  1. Start up your grill. Then, set the temperature to 225°F.
  2. In a food-safe spray bottle, combine the apple cider vinegar and apple juice. Set aside.
  3. Flip the beef short ribs over, bone side up, and pull off the thick membrane. Discard. Flip the short ribs right side up and trim any excess fat from the top. Generously rub down the short ribs with olive oil and Beef and Brisket Rub.
  4. Place the beef ribs on the center rack. Smoke for about 2 hours, until the short ribs have developed a crust and are a rich lacquered brown.
  5. After 2 hours, remove the beef short ribs from the smoker, place in the heat-proof baking dish, and pour the apple cider vinegar and apple juice into the dish. Cover tightly with foil and smoke for another 1 ½-2 hours or until the ribs are fall-apart tender and register 200°F. Remove from the smoker and serve immediately.

Special Tools

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Heat Proof Baking Dish


For even more tender ribs, try dry brining with the Beef and Brisket Rub for 30 minutes prior to starting this recipe.