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How to Prepare Beef Ribs

Three Parts:

You might think beef ribs are tough to get right, but it's not hard to make succulent, fall-off-the-bone ribs in your own kitchen or backyard. The trick is to cook them low and slow, giving the meat time to soften, then finish them under a flame or broiler to achieve a crunchy crust. If you want to know how to prepare delicious beef ribs, read on.


  • 2 - 4 racks of center cut beef ribs
  • A good beef rib rub
  • Barbecue sauce


Getting the Ribs Ready to Cook

  1. Take off the membrane.Ribs have a thick membrane that needs to be removed before cooking - otherwise it gets tough and chewy. Slide your fingers under the membrane and work it off, or use a knife or screwdriver to help it come loose. Discard the membrane once it is removed.
    • Be sure to get every last shred of membrane, since you don't want bits of chewy membrane on your ribs.
    • You can ask the butcher to remove it for you.
  2. Decide how to season the ribs.You can use a rub and let the seasoning seep into the ribs overnight, or skip this step and mop the beef with barbecue sauce during the cooking process. Some chefs contend that brining overnight with a rub improves the flavor, while others prefer not to infuse the beef with spices and salt. Either method will result in fall-apart ribs that are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
    • If you're using a rub, you need to plan ahead so you have time to let the ribs brine overnight. Just rub your dry spice mix over both sides of the racks, wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
    • Make a homemade rub with the following ingredients:
      • 3 Tablespoons salt
      • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
      • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
      • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
      • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cooking the Ribs

  1. Preheat the oven or grill.Beef ribs need to be cooked low and slow, and you can do it either in the oven or on the grill. Preheat to 225 degrees Fahrenheit (107 degrees Celsius).
    • If you're cooking on the grill, you can smoke the ribs by adding applewood chips to the coals. Choose hickory, pecan, sweet maple or cherry.
  2. Wrap the ribs.Wrap them well in several layers of aluminum foil, making sure there are no holes for the juice to leak out. You can place the wrapped ribs on a baking sheet if you're worried about getting juices in your oven.
    • Wrap the ribs so that you'll be able to open the foil from the top to check whether they are done. You don't want to have to completely unwrap them, since you'll get drippings everywhere if you do so.
  3. Start cooking the ribs.Put them meat side down in the oven or on the grill and close the door or lid. Cook the ribs for 3 hours without disturbing them. During this time the juices will start to flow and the meat will become succulent and tender.
    • Make sure the temperature stays constant at 225 degrees. If your oven tends to run hot or cold, you might need to adjust it during the cooking process. If you're cooking on a grill, monitor the temperature and adjust the gas as necessary.
  4. Check the ribs.After about 3 hours, carefully unwrap the top of the foil and poke the ribs with a fork. If the meat easily falls off the bone, they're ready. If it resists, replace the foil and let the ribs cook for an additional 1/2 hour before checking again.

Finishing the Ribs

  1. Remove the ribs from the oven or grill.When they've reached the fall-apart stage, take them out to get them ready for the next step. It's time for the final stage of cooking, which will ensure the ribs have a crispy exterior.
  2. Open the foil and add barbecue sauce.If you treated your ribs with a rub, you can skip the barbecue sauce, but either way it adds a flavor burst to the ribs. Paint the top of the ribs with a liberal amount of barbecue sauce.
    • You can whip up your own barbecue sauce by simmering the following ingredients together for 30 minutes beforehand:
      • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar
      • 3 garlic cloves, minced
      • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
      • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
      • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. Place the ribs under the broiler.Let them cook for an additional 10 minutes under the broiler, until the tops of the ribs turn brown and crispy.
  4. Remove the ribs from heat.Place them on a plate to cool for a few moments.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What color should beef ribs be when done?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The outside of the ribs will be brown. The inside color can range from pink to white, depending on how rare or well-done you like meat to be prepared.
  • Question
    Should I cut the ribs apart before baking or leave the slab whole?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on how much time you have and how you want the ribs to be served. Cutting the ribs apart will reduce the cooking time, but the appearance of a slab of ribs may be more elegant.
  • Question
    How does smoke get to the meat if they're wrapped in foil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The top part of the foil is not wrapped tight like it would be in the oven. That way the smoke can permeate the ribs but not be overpowering.
  • Question
    Can I freeze ribs after they've been cooked?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Of course! They may not taste quite the same after they're thawed out, but they are nutritionally sound in the freezer for a week or two, if not longer. if preserving quality is most important, just refrigerate for up to 3 days, and reheat in the oven.
Unanswered Questions
  • How good are they going to be for me?
  • If they are boneless, how long in the oven?
  • I have butchered my own cow and the beef ribs taste terrible. Is this because I did not remove the membrane?
  • Can smoke reach the ribs in foil?
  • What internal temperature is considered ideal for cooked ribs?
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Quick Summary

To prepare beef ribs, start by removing the membrane so you don't wind up with chewy meat. If you want to use a rub you'll have to let the ribs sit overnight. Alternately, you can apply barbeque sauce while cooking. Once you know how you want your ribs, preheat your grill or oven to 225 °F. Wrap your ribs in several layers of aluminum foil with the opening facing up so you can check the ribs while they cook. Finally, place the ribs meat-side down and cook for 3 hours, or until the meat easily falls off the bone.

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