Texas-Style Beef Ribs


Smoke cooking turns ordinary beef ribs into a family feast. Green chile peppers, chili powder, and garlic add a punch to the sauce recipe.

Texas-Style Beef Ribs
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Grill Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Stand Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • 6 - 8 mesquite or hickory wood chunks

  • 6 pound beef back ribs (about 12 ribs)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chile peppers

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. At least 1 hour before smoke cooking, soak wood chunks in enough water to cover. Drain before using.

  2. Trim fat from ribs. For rub, in a small bowl combine salt and black pepper. Sprinkle rub evenly over ribs; rub in with your fingers.

  3. For sauce, in a small saucepan combine onion, honey, ketchup, undrained chile peppers, chili powder, mustard, and garlic. Cook and stir over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until desired consistency.

  4. In a smoker arrange preheated coals, drained wood chunks, and water pan according to manufacturers directions. Pour water into pan. Place ribs, bone sides down, on grill rack over water pan. (Or place ribs in a rib rack and place on grill rack.) Cover and smoke for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until ribs are tender, brushing once with the sauce during the last 15 minutes of smoking. Add additional coals and water as needed to maintain temperature and moisture. Pass any remaining sauce with ribs. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

443 Calories
18g Fat
32g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 992mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 11.8mg 59%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 762mg 16%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 4.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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