Hanging Smoked Beef Ribs

A rack of beef ribs being lifted from the smoker by the hook.

Feel like a caveman eating these hanging beef ribs. Seasoned with your favorite rub, these are easy ribs to make but with great flavor.

You can smoke multiple racks of ribs at a time, just make sure to leave space between each so they get even smoke. Hanging is a popular method and gets a lot of smoke exposure all the way around the rubs without the use of racks.

When the ribs have finished cooking, simply slice and serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. Turn the leftovers into amazing shredded beef sandwiches the next day.

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Two racks of beef ribs just put on to hang in a smoker.
The hook is placed after the first bone then hung in the smoker to cook.
Beef Ribs sitting on a rack with the temperature being checked.
If cooking to very tender then the last bit may require the use of a rack so they don’t fall apart under their own weight.
Two racks of beef ribs being prepared on a white chopping board with the hooks added.
A light rub is applied over all the surfaces before being placed in the smoker.
Beef ribs being prepared by the membrane been pulled off.
The membrane on the ribs should be removed before cooking to expose the meat below.
A wooden chopping board with cooked beef ribs cut into single bone serving portions.
Once cooked the beef ribs are cut into single bone portions to be served.
Two racks of rubbed beef ribs sitting on a chopping board.
Good beef ribs have a thick layer of meat on the bones and make good eating.
A rack of beef ribs being lifted from the smoker by the hook.
When cooked the ribs will have good pull-back and be a deep mahogany color.

Hanging Smoked Beef Ribs Recipe

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A rack of beef ribs being lifted from the smoker by the hook.
Feel like a caveman eating these Hanging Beef Ribs. Seasoned with your favorite rub, these are easy ribs to make but with great flavor.
Preparation 2 hours
Cook 3 hours
Ready in 5 hours
Servings 4 Servings
CourseDinner
DifficultyChallenging
MethodSmoke

Ingredients

  • 2 racks beef ribs
  • 1 tablespoon your favorite BBQ rub

Equipment

  • hardwood charcoal
  • cherry wood

Directions

  • Trim the ribs then sprinkle the BBQ rub. Let marinate for 45 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Light a pit barrel or similar barbecue pit that allows you to hang. Bring the heat to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C) with hardwood charcoal and a chunk of cherry wood.
  • Hang the ribs on the H-frame. Cook for 3 hours then check. The ribs are ready when tested with a skewer that slides in without resistance. Depending on the meat this may be between 185 and 205 degrees F (85 to 96 degrees C).

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 202mgCalcium: 35mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 26IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 1115mgCholesterol: 183mgCalories: 540kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 13gFat: 32gProtein: 59gCarbohydrates: 1gIron: 7mg

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