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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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