Smoked Coffee Beef Ribs

Smoked coffee beef ribs on a grill with a deep mahogany color.
This recipe is provided by Dipper's Backyard BBQ Wars

This rib recipe uses a homemade rub that is infused with coffee. It helps create an intense bark on these low-and-slow smoked beef ribs. The coffee also enhances the earthy and beefy flavor of the ribs.

Although this recipe is cooked in a smoker, you can also use a grill setup for low and slow cooking, a Dutch oven, or cook them in your camp oven. The meat just needs a constant low temperature to cook for the correct end result.

Unlike other ribs, beef ribs have a lot of meat on them. This means there is the serving option of either on the bone or to remove the bone and slice to serve. They can be served with traditional barbecue sides or a light salad.

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Trimmed beef ribs are having a coffee rub sprinkled over them by hand.
Once the coffee rub is made it is liberally sprinkled over the beef ribs.
A rack of beef rubs is sitting on a smoker rack almost cooked.
Once smoked the cooked coffee beef ribs get a deep chocolate color.
Slices of beef ribs laid out on a salad.
The coffee beef ribs can be served in single bones or sliced and served over a salad.
A white serving platter with sliced beef ribs laid over a salad.
Beef ribs have enough meat that it can be sliced if desired.
Smoked coffee beef ribs on a grill with a deep mahogany color.
Partway through the cook the beef ribs will have a mahogany color, wrap if you want to keep this finish color.

Smoked Coffee Beef Ribs Recipe

This recipe is provided by Dipper’s Backyard BBQ Wars.
Smoked coffee beef ribs on a grill with a deep mahogany color.
These beef ribs use a homemade rub that is infused with coffee and helps to create an intense bark as they are smoked low and slow.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 5 hours
Ready in 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


Coffee Rub

  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee

Beef Ribs

  • 1 rack beef ribs (4 bones)
  • 1 can beer


  • smoker
  • 2 chunks grapevine wood or similar strong wood


Coffee Rub

  • Combine the salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and ground coffee to make the rub.

Beef Ribs

  • Preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Add 2 chunks of grapevine wood.
  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs to allow the rub and smoke flavors to penetrate the meat.
  • Place the ribs in a preheated smoker and cook for 90 minutes to 3 hours.
  • When the beef ribs have the color you are looking for, wrap them in foil with a little beer. This continues the cooking process without making the ribs too dark or drying out in the smoke.
  • Place the wrapped beef ribs on the smoker and cook for another 90 minutes to 3 hours, until they reach an internal temperature of about 195 degrees F (90 degrees C) or a skewer pokes into them with resistance like soft butter.
    Tip: Not all meats are ‘done’ and the same temperature due to differences in beef types and grades, and even between cows. Use the temperature and time to guide you, but the tenderness will tell you when it is ultimately done.
  • Remove the foil-wrapped ribs from the smoker and rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice the ribs into single bone portions to serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 603kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 61gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 7185mgPotassium: 1255mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 33IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 8mg

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