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Short Ribs

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:51 pm
by mwillis
I'm pretty newbie to the whole smoking game, have a weber kettle and have been convinced by the smoke snake technique, the technique has worked well but both times have had a dry effect, I have done ribs in the domestic oven before then finished them off on the bbq after with much better results. How do I get the fall of the bone effect on the. bbq?

Re: Short Ribs

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:30 pm
by bsooner75
Welcome - when you use the snake method are you putting a water pan under the meat?

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Re: Short Ribs

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:12 pm
by woodenvisions
Welcome MW,
I'm no expert on ribs but what I can say is if they ( fall off the bone ) they are overcooked. You definitely want them tender, but falling off is a bit too long.
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Re: Short Ribs

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:37 pm
by rms827
Another old thread but this one caught my eye because my uncle used to do short ribs for us when we visited as kids. I have some knowledge here. I'd imagine there are more knowledgeable members of the forum here, BUT, since nobody else has commented...

First, the obvious... Short Ribs are naturally gawdawful tough. Google how to cook them and most of the recipes will be slow cooker and pressure cooker recipes. My uncle got partially around this with a Korean marinade. It's kind of like Bulgogi, but not as overly sweet as most of the Bulgogi I've tried. Anyway, that softened them up a bit. A good, thinner BBQ sauce should do the same.

Internal temperature is going to be the next factor. Pork ribs are done at about 190. Beef Short ribs you want to get to about 205 to 210 internal temperature to break down all the connective tissue. On a pellet pooper, that can take 5 hours or more at 250. Low and slow will tenderize without drying out though. I'd definitely use a water pan on a charcoal grill also so you don't dry them out.

Woodenvisions was right also. Properly cooked, ribs should have the meat come easily off the bone if you pull or bite, but not literally fall off the bone. That's considered overdone.