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Beef Plate Ribs

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Beef Plate Ribs

  • Author: Glenn Connaughton
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-7 Hours
  • Total Time: 0 minute


The crowned jewel of smoked beef is the Plate Rib and is affectionately known as the “dinosaur rib” due to its massive size. A single rib can be as large as two pounds with the fat and collagen distributed evenly throughout the meat, producing a juicy and even silken texture. This cut of rib is adjacent to the Chuck Ribs and comprises of the 6,7 and 8th rib of the cow. These may be difficult to source in a big box supermarket, but a visit to your butcher will set you straight. 




  1. In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and set aside. 
  2. Some plate ribs can come from the butcher already trimmed but if not, trim the beef ribs removing the fat cap and the layer of silver skin. If you have a fat cap on your plate ribs, there is usually a very thin layer of meat just below the fat cap that when removed will reveal a layer of silver skin. This silver skin will need to be removed as it will not render down when cooked. Do not remove the membrane on the back of the bone unlike pork ribs, as this will aid in keeping the meat attached to the bone. 
  3. Apply 2 tablespoons of the yellow mustard to each of the plate ribs in a thin layer (think back to finger painting in grade school). This will add in the rub adhering to the meat, but you will not pick up the flavor of mustard once cooked. Generously season the plate ribs with the rub mixture. 
  4. Build a fire using your choice of wood (or combination of charcoal and wood depending on smoker) and bring to 300° The extra fattiness of the beef ribs can withstand the higher heat while not drying out. Be sure to check on your wood chunks every 30 minutes and replenish, as necessary. At this high temperature you will go through wood chunks faster. 
  5. Place the ribs on the smoker and cook for approximately 6 hours until they reach an internal temperature of 205 to 210°F using an instant read thermometer. Be sure not to touch the rib bone with your thermometer as to not get a false reading. Check the temperature in multiple places in the meat too ensure doneness.
  6. Remove from the smoker and wrap in butcher paper and place in a cooler to rest for an hour. You can use foil for this step if you do not have butcher paper but may impact the quality of the bark by allowing the moisture to be absorbed back into the bark.
  7. Slice the ribs between the bones and enjoy!


Ingredient Tip: If you are not keen on using mustard and feel it will impact the taste, substitute it for your favorite hot sauce. It will have the same effect of assisting the rub to adhere to the meat.

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