January 27, 2017

Texas Style Smoked Beef Ribs

Preparation: 10 Minutes | Cooking: 2 Hours 20 Minutes | Serves: 4

These smoked ribs are sweet, sticky and flavoursome – they’re the perfect addition to a relaxed gathering of family or friends.


  • 12-16 beef short ribs
  • ¼ cup mesquite wood shavings
  • 4 sprigs thyme, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pinch freshly ground cracked pepper
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups tomato passata
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Barbequed corn cobs and green salad, to serve


  1. Combine ingredients for the marinade and coat ribs in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for one hour, or preferably overnight.
  2. Place a piece of foil inside a wok and place wood shavings, thyme and sugar on the foil. Place over high heat until mixture starts to smoke. Place ribs on a circular rack that fits inside wok and cover wok with its lid. Reserve remaining marinade. Smoke for 15 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Place ribs in a roasting dish lined with baking paper. Add one cup of water to the dish and cover tightly with foil. Cook in the oven at 150°C fan forced for 2 hours. Baste with reserved marinade then cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes at 180°C fan forced to crisp up. Place any leftover marinade in a small saucepan with any cooking juices from the baking dish and bring to the boil.
  4. Place corn on a barbeque or chargrill pan and cook for 10 minutes, turning regularly until cooked. Serve with ribs, a green salad and reserved reheated marinade.


  • Marinating your ribs overnight makes them more tender.
  • Make a double batch of marinade and freeze half for next time.
  • You can interchange short ribs with spare ribs or chuck ribs.
  • The ribs shrink during cooking, so if you are cooking for hungry guests, cook a few extra.

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