Beef back ribs are the bones that the rib roast or rib-eye steaks come off of and they typically don’t have much meat on them. You’ll often see them in abundance around Christmas and New Year’s when people are buying a lot of rib roasts. They’re usually pretty cheap, and that’s a good thing because, like I said, there just isn’t much meat on them. And the meat needs a lot of cooking to make it tender. But when it’s cooked right, it’s really good meat, so it’s worth the effort. Wrapping the ribs in foil is essential to get them tender. If you’re the adventurous type, add a half cup of strongly brewed coffee to the package when you wrap the ribs. I think you’ll find it to be a pleasant surprise. Beef back ribs typically come in 4- to 6-bone pieces. You’ll need at least a pound of meat (2 to 3 ribs) per person.–Ray Lampe
LC Meat Per Person Note
Um, 2 to 3 ribs per person? That sounds like a fairly conservative estimate to us. We know we’d need quite a lot more than that, and we think you may, too.
Barbecued Beef Back Ribs Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 40 M
- 4 H, 35 M
- Serves 4
- For the rib rub #99
- 3/4 cup raw sugar, such as Sugar In The Raw
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup salt, depending on your tolerance for the stuff
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 2 tablespoons finely ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- For the ribs
- 5 pounds beef back ribs
- 2 cups your favorite barbecue sauce
- For the rib rub #99
- 1. Combine all of the ingredients. Mix well and take a taste. If it needs more salt, shake some in. The rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to several weeks. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
- Prepare the ribs
- 2. Peel the membrane off the back side of the ribs and discard it. (It tends to be sort of slippery. Try grabbing it with a paper towel and see if that helps.) Season the ribs liberally on both sides with some of the rib rub.
- 3. Prepare the grill for cooking over indirect heat at 250° F (121°C) using oak or hickory wood for flavor. Place the ribs, meaty-side up, directly on the cooking grate. Cook for 2 1/2 hours. Flip the ribs and cook for 30 more minutes.
- 4. Place a double layer of big sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil next to the grill and place the ribs on it, meaty-side up. Wrap up the ribs, sealing the package tightly. Return the ribs to the grill for 1 hour.
- 5. Transfer the packet of ribs to a platter. Raise the temp of the grill to 400°F (204°C) . Remove the ribs from the foil and return to the cooking grate. Brush with the sauce. Cook for 15 minutes. Flip the ribs, and brush with the sauce again. Repeat once more.
- 6. Place the ribs on a platter and serve with additional barbecue sauce, preferably warm, on the side.
Hungry for more? Chow down on these:
- Chili Garlic Beef Ribs from The Hungry Mouse
- Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Rib from David Lebovitz
- Braised Short Ribs with Horseradish Gremolata and Pumpkin Orzo from Leite's Culinaria
- Barbecued Baby Back Ribs from Leite's Culinaria
Testers ChoiceTesters Choice
Aug 30, 2010
Recipes like this come down to the rub and the cooking technique, and these Barbecue Beef Back Ribs do not disappoint in either department. There is a lot of waiting time, but low and slow allows the flavour of the rub to permeate the ribs, doing wonders for the texture of the meat. The only problem I have with this recipe is the amount of grilling at the end. That extra hour of basting with BBQ sauce was way too long for my ribs. About 20 minutes, turning every five minutes, was plenty.
Instead of basting with the sauce, I warmed it up over low heat and served it on the side. That way, I could regulate how much or little to put on the ribs. I also tried the ribs without the sauce to see the difference, and found the rub is good enough that you don’t need any sauce. And if you do use a barbecue sauce, be sure that it’s low in salt, as the rub already has enough salt in it.
Barbecued Beef Back Ribs Recipe © 2010 Ray Lampe. Photo © 2010 Leigh Beisch. All rights reserved.