Smoked Beef Short Ribs and Beans

by zydecopaws on December 5, 2009

It was my turn to cook for card night again yesterday, and since the temperature was a balmy 20°F outside when I got up, what better thing to do than to fire up the WSM and smoke up some dinner?

On the menu was beef short ribs, something I haven’t done for several months and was reminded of by a comment on a very old post. The ribs were given the same treatment as before: a quick dusting of salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and some Montreal Steak seasoning and set aside to set for a bit.


Beans were made according to the traditional recipe. Bacon was fried and crumbled, and the onions and peppers were softened a bit in the some of the bacon grease.


The cupboard was raided for a nice selection of beans, and those packed in water were drained thoroughly before mixing with the bacon, onions, peppers and other ingredients.


The beans were then put on the bottom rack of the WSM without a lid so that they would be the recipient of the mesquite smoke and drippings from the beef ribs.


The short ribs were then added to the top rack over the beans, the lid went on the WSM, and then left to cook for a few hours between 220°F and 235°F.


After about 3 1/2 hours the ribs were measuring about 170°F internally, so I removed them from the grill and put in a pan with a mixture of red wine, A1 sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s (original recipe) and some beef stock. The temperature on the WSM was dialed down to about 205°F, and back on the smoker went the ribs.


About an hour or so later it was time to pack up and leave. Here’s the last picture of my efforts before leaving; I sort of forgot to take my camera with me to record what the full meal looked like.


If anyone is real interested, the ribs and beans were served with a salad and cranberry ciabatta rolls with ice cream for dessert. No complaints were registered, and leftovers were non-existent except for a rib or two which I had for breakfast this morning.

It’s been awhile since I used the 22″ WSM, and I can see where I need to find reasons to use it more often. Some things you just can’t do on Bubba Ho-Keg…

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