Smoked Boneless Beef Short Ribs

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These Smoked Boneless Beef Short Ribs are the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth short ribs. They’re easy to make and bursting with good, beefy flavor. Enjoy them as-is or in tacos, nachos, sandwiches, and more!

Shredded smoked boneless beef short ribs on a wooden serving board next to a bowl of peppers.

What are Boneless Beef Short Ribs?

Beef short ribs are taken from the front portion of the cow (including the chuck, rib, brisket, or plate areas). They are called “short” ribs because the cut includes only includes a small portion of the rib. But lucky for you, they often have lots of tasty, beefy meat to enjoy!

Beef short ribs are available bone-in and boneless. Boneless beef short ribs are cut from the chuck or the plate areas of the cow, and, as the name describes, have been separated from the bone. They’re great to smoke and provide lots of meaty goodness that you can shred and enjoy just like to would any pulled pork or chicken recipe.

Boneless beef short ribs can be hard to come by, but lately I’ve had good luck finding them at Costco. You might also be able to chat it up with your local butcher and get some boneless beef short ribs from them.

Six raw boneless beef short ribs lined up on a wooden cutting board.

How to Smoke Boneless Beef Short Ribs

These boneless beef short ribs have a fantastic flavor. They’re very tender and lend well to the added flavor of a nice, long smoke. They’re also pretty foolproof, so you don’t have to worry about messing them up. Finally, they are SUPER versatile, making them a great meal to smoke up on the weekend with plenty of leftovers to enjoy throughout the week.

  1. Fire up the smoker. Turn on your smoker and allow it to preheat to 275 degrees F. I used oak wood for this recipe, and it tasted delicious.
  2. Season. Simple olive oil and some of my Signature Beef Seasoning is all these short ribs need. If you don’t have any Beef Seasoning in your pantry, I recommend using equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Drizzle the olive oil over the ribs and season on all sides.
  3. Smoke. Place those gorgeous ribs on the grill and cook for 3-3.5 hours.
  4. Wrap and smoke. Wrap the ribs in an aluminum foil pouch. Add beef broth to the foil pouch with the ribs and seal tightly. Return to the smoker and continue to smoke these short ribs until the internal temperature reaches 205-210 degrees F.
  5. Rest, shred, and serve. Remove the wrapped ribs from the smoker. Keep them sealed and allow them to rest for 30 minutes. Then remove the ribs from the foil and enjoy. You can shred these or eat them as is. My family likes these over nachos and in tacos and quesadillas.

These ribs are cooked similar to a brisket, except we take the temperature up to 205-210 degrees F. This meat is tougher than brisket, so cooking it until it reaches at least 205 degrees ensures that the meat will be tender and shred well.

A pile of smoked boneless beef short ribs in aluminum foil.

How Long to Smoke Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Every cut of meat is different in how long it takes for it to fully cook in a smoker. These ribs took me around 8 hours from start to finish, but yours could take longer or shorter depending on the meat and your smoker.

Make sure you cook to temperature and not to time. Always check the temperature of your meat with a reliable meat thermometer to determine doneness. I also recommend you plan ahead and give yourself a little wiggle room with time just in case your meat is done sooner or later than you expect. 

Bottom line: meat is done when it’s done. Keep an eye on the temperature and I promise it’ll be worth the wait.

Close up of shredded smoked boneless beef short ribs on a wooden cutting board.

More Smoked Beef Ribs Recipes

When in doubt, smoke some beef ribs! They’re sure to be bursting with flavor and that smoky bark on the outside just can’t be beat. If you need some other recipes for smoked beef ribs, check out a few of my favorites below:

Smoked Boneless Beef Short Ribs Recipe

Smoked Boneless Beef Short Ribs

By: Susie Bulloch (
5 from 4 votes
These Smoked Boneless Beef Short Ribs are the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth short ribs. They're easy to make and bursting with good, beefy flavor. Enjoy them as-is or in tacos, nachos, sandwiches, and more!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time7 hours
Resting Time30 minutes
Total Time7 hours 45 minutes


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  • 2-3 pounds boneless beef short ribs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Signature Beef Seasoning
  • ½ cup beef broth


  • Preheat the smoker. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F. Oak wood works well with these beef ribs.
  • Season the short ribs. Drizzle the olive oil over the short ribs and season on all sides with the Beef Seasoning. If you don't have any Beef Seasoning on hand from Patio Provisions, you can use equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Smoke the beef short ribs. Place the seasoned ribs directly on the grates in the smoker. Close the lid and smoke for 3-3.5 hours. This smoke is similar to a brisket smoke.
  • Wrap and finish smoking. Remove the ribs from the smoker and wrap in foil to make a pouch. Pour the beef broth over the ribs. Close the pouch tightly and smoke until the ribs reach an internal temperature of 205-210 degrees F (this smoke goes higher in temp than brisket because it is pretty tough).
  • Rest and serve. Remove the ribs from the smoker, and let them rest in the sealed foil for 30 minutes. You can serve each short rib individually (you should have about 6 cuts of short ribs), or you can shred it and serve it on top of chili, stew, tacos, or nachos. Enjoy this meat any way you would enjoy pulled meat.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 560mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Bill Chaffee says:

    I tried this recipe about 2 weeks ago. The ribs really came out delicious and tender. Getting ready to start cooking more today. This is a keeper. Thanks

  2. Adan Saenz says:

    Great thanks

  3. Ben says:

    I did these on my new Weber Smokey Mountain. I was not able to get the cooker above 250, but at four hours I was a 165. So I wrapped them with the brother and after three hours they were at 207/210. Wrapped them in a towel and put them in the cooler at hang out till dinner a couple of hours later. My husband and my brother in law both gave them a hearty thumbs up. Next up is a check roast using the same process. I like the simple rub on this. Thanks for the recipe and the video.

  4. Renee O. says:

    Boneless turned out great. Can I use this same technique on bone-in beef short ribs? Also, what if I have a combination of boneless and bone-in short ribs…can I smoke them at the same time this same way?