Smoked Rack of Beef

Beef short ribs sitting in the smoker.

With a lot of Texas influence from a simple scratch rub to a homemade sauce, these smoked beef short ribs will remind you what barbecue is all about.

This recipe has a long time exposed to the smoke at 6 hours, in a small or fully loaded smoker with a high moisture content this will be fine, but if you have a pellet smoker or one with high airflow you may want to consider adding a spray or mop to stop from drying out too much.

The sauce in this recipe is so good you may want to consider making it just to keep in the fridge for when needed.

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A black glove hand holding up a cooked and slice beef rib bone.
Once cooked the smoked beef can easily be eaten off the bone.
Beef short ribs sitting in the smoker.
The beef short ribs are smoked whole for 6 hours before being wrapped.

Smoked Rack of Beef Recipe

Beef short ribs sitting in the smoker.
With a lot of Texas influence from a simple scratch rub to a homemade sauce, these Smoked Rack of Beef will remind you what barbecue is all about.
Preparation 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook 8 hours 20 minutes
Ready in 9 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


Beef Rub

  • 4 tablespoons cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons salt flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (caster sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Texas Barbecue Sauce

  • 4.5 oz smoked streaky bacon diced
  • 5.5 oz ketchup (tomato sauce)
  • 5 oz tomato puree concentrate
  • 2.8 oz whiskey
  • 1.7 oz cabernet sauvignon vinegar
  • 1 oz white distilled vinegar
  • .7 oz worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Beef Short Ribs

  • 2 3-bone beef short rib racks


  • smoker
  • 2 sheets brown paper


Beef Rub

  • Combine all the pepper, salts, sugar, paprika, and onion powder. Mix well then store in an airtight container.

Texas BBQ Sauce

  • Fry the chopped bacon over low-moderate heat in a pot until all the fat has rendered.
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato puree, whiskey, vinegar, Worcesteshire sauce, molasses, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, and pepper to the bacon pot then cook over low heat for an hour.
  • Cool and put aside until needed.

Beef Short Ribs

  • Prepare the beef short ribs by trimming the top fat as well as the top and bottom sinew. Sprinkle in a light coating of the rub all over the meat of the ribs, not the bone side. Set aside for an hour.
  • Preheat the smoker to 280 degrees F (140 degrees C).
  • Place the beef short ribs in the smoker and cook for 6 hours. Remove the ribs and double wrap in brown paper then return to the smoker for an hour.
  • Check the ribs regularly after the hour with a skewer. It is ready when it has a resistance comparable to soft butter. When ready remove and rest for 30 minutes.
  • Slice and serve with the Texas BBQ Sauce on the side.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 1055kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 66gFat: 66gSaturated Fat: 27gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 6225mgPotassium: 1765mgFiber: 4gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 1340IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 10mg

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