beef short ribs in glass pan with spilled pit boss prime beef rub on wooden table

Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Category Beef Dinner BBQ Braise Smoke
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 Hours

These Smoked Beef Short Ribs are first smoked on the Pit Boss for 2 hours, naked on the grill gates, for maximum flavor absorption. After reaching an internal temperature of 145F where the meat can no longer absorb smoke, the ribs are placed in a baking dish where they are braised in an apple juice and apple cider vinegar mixture that breaks down the fat and collagen, rendering out of this world fall off the bone ribs. The result is Smoked Beef Short Ribs that will have your guests begging to come back for more.



Pit Boss Kitchen
beef short ribs in glass pan with spilled pit boss prime beef rub on wooden table


  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 Pounds (or 6 large) Beef Short Rib(s)

Special Tools

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Heat Proof Baking Dish


  1. Start up your Pit Boss. Then, set the temperature to 225°F.
  1. In a food-safe spray bottle, combine the apple cider vinegar and apple juice. Set aside.
  1. Flip the beef short ribs over, bone side up, and pull off the thick membrane. Discard. Flip the short ribs right side up and trim any excess fat from the top. Generously rub down the short ribs with olive oil and Pit Boss Prime Beef Rub.
  1. Place the beef ribs on the center rack. Smoke for about 2 hours, until the short ribs have developed a crust and are a rich lacquered brown.
  1. After 2 hours, remove the beef short ribs from the smoker, place in the heat-proof baking dish, and pour the apple cider vinegar and apple juice into the dish. Cover tightly with foil and smoke for another 1½-2 hours or until the ribs are fall-apart tender and register 200°F. Remove from the smoker and serve immediately.