December 9, 2023

If you’re looking for the flavor of smoked beef ribs but do not have a smoker, this recipe to cook beef ribs in the oven is perfect for those who don’t have one. The dried rub, as well as the sauce that’s in this recipe, gives a slightly smokey flavor that resembles the classic pit barbecue. Learn how you can cook ribs of beef in the oven, and if you like this recipe, you should check out my recipe for making smoky pulled pork in the range.

Jump to RecipeTypes Of Beef Ribs

If you go online to find “types of beef ribs,” there are a variety of names based on the way they’re cut and where they’re sourced from.

In this post, we’ll discuss cooking beef ribs in the oven we’ll be discussing beef back ribs. They shouldn’t be confused with short beef ribs and “plate” ribs.

What’s The Difference Between Beef Short Ribs and Beef Back Ribs?

The back ribs of beef are cut off from the upper part of the rib, close to the spine. There is a slight curvature, and the meat from them is derived directly from the space between and between the bone.

Beef short ribs come sliced from the lower part of the steer, also known as the quick plate, hence the name “plate” ribs. The meat of these ribs originates at the top of the rib and is typically abundant. Check out the following examples:

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Beef short ribs are a lot more bone meat. However, they take longer time cooking. The back of the ribs from beef is removed as a ribeye (leaving behind the boneless ribeye).

Since the money paid to butchers comes through the ribeye, they tend to cut the bones as close as feasible to ensure maximum profits. Also, the meat in a back rib isn’t the same as that on shorter ribs.

How Long Do You Cook Beef Ribs In The Oven?

The short rib of beef is home to tons of connective tissue that must be broken down over a lengthy period. However, this isn’t the case with the back rib of beef.

Beef back ribs must be cooked for approximately 2 1/2 hours. Then, you can set the oven to 275°F. If you wrap them in foil, the meat will become more tender, and the bark should tighten to the point of the cooking process with increased heat from the broiler.

Alternatively, you can cook beef ribs in the oven using a range like a pizza oven. This permits the intense heat of the oven dome to truly crust on the ribs at the end, similar to the broiler you have in your range in the kitchen.

Tips To Cook Beef Ribs In The Oven

Wrapping: The ribs should be wrapped tightly with foil. This can aid in making them more soft and cook faster. I usually use 2 to 3 sheets of foil to avoid leaks.

Seasonings: if you’re looking for the flavor of barbecue that you can taste, then the smokey salt pepper, paprika, and salt I’ve used to make this recipe will be ideal. If you’re not a lover of smokey flavors, apply the same seasonings which don’t require smoking.

BBQ Sauce: I’m usually not an advocate of BBQ sauce on beef. This smoky and flavorful BBQ sauce is an excellent choice for meat. It’s not as sweet as the sauce you’d use for pork, which makes it perfect for beef ribs.

How To Cook Beef Ribs In The Oven

Two teaspoons of smoked spice (from your ribs).

1 Tbsp darker and smokey mix (optional).

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.

As the oven preheated, make the beef back ribs using cutting off the membrane at the side of the ribs. Slice off a small portion of the membrane using a butter knife, and then apply a paper towel to hold the membrane before peeling out of the ribs.

Cover the ribs evenly with mustard yellow to serve as a binder that will help the seasoning stick and create a nice crust over the ribs.

Add the sea salt, black powder garlic, and paprika in shaker bottles to create the smoke seasoning mix; generously sprinkle the ribs with seasoning. Let the ribs rest, and the seasoning soaks through the meat for 20 mins.

The dry rub ribs with two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Set the meat ribs onto a cooling rack with wire in the middle of a baking sheet with a raised edge. The baking sheet with the raised edges collects any juices that could escape from the foil.

Bake the ribs of beef in the oven for 2.5 hours. While the ribs bake, prepare all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce together in a small saucepan. Set the pan over a medium-low temperature for 30 minutes. Stir frequently while allowing the mixture to simmer slightly.

Remove the baking ribs, pull them off the foil, and place them on the wire racks in the baking tray. The oven should be set to broil.

Using a pastry brush, make a light glaze on the pork ribs with barbecue sauce.

Place them back on the middle rack in the oven for another four minutes or in the oven for pizza. This allows the sauce to become sticky and slightly caramelize.

Take the ribs out of the oven, and let them cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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