Beef Back Ribs
These beef back ribs are melt in your mouth tender and so flavorful! They easily fall off the bone. This recipe features a flavorful rub and the juiciest meat. Simply bake them low and slow in the oven! These ribs are great for family dinners, BBQs, holidays, meal prep, and leftovers. Everyone loves them!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These beef back ribs are simple and straightforward.
- The oven does all of the work for this foolproof recipe.
- The spice rub infuses a deep flavor into these ribs.
- Beef back ribs are packed with rich, beefy flavors that come from the marbling and fat content.
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- These ribs boast a higher meat to bone ratio compared to other rib cuts. This offers more meaty goodness to enjoy.
- They are great fresh, but even better as leftovers.
- They are hearty, savory, and meaty.
- Great for summer BBQs, big family dinners, and meal prep.
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What are Beef Back Ribs?
Beef back ribs, also known as “dinosaur ribs” or “prime ribs,” are extracted from the upper rib section of the cow, closer to the spine.
Unlike pork ribs, which are shorter and more curved, beef back ribs are longer, straighter, and have a more substantial amount of meat attached to the bone.
This makes them an excellent choice for anyone seeking a hearty and satisfying meal.
The best way to cook beef back ribs is low and slow. They are great slow cooked or oven roasted at a lower temperature. This allows the meat to tenderize.
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for beef back ribs. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.
If you only have frozen beef back ribs, thaw them fully. Then, proceed with this recipe.
Use olive oil or avocado oil for the spice rub.
Garlic cloves add the classic garlicky flavor.
Brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness. For a healthier option, use coconut sugar.
Paprika adds a hint of spice. Feel free to omit for a more mild flavor.
Onion powder and garlic powder add a delicious flavor to this spice rub.
Dried rosemary and dried thyme add an earthy flavor. If desired, feel free to use fresh herbs.
Sea salt and black pepper further enhance the flavor of the ribs.
Lastly, serve with BBQ sauce if desired.
Taste & Texture
The taste of beef back ribs is a deep beefy flavor! It is enhanced by slow cooking or roasting and the addition of the spice rub.
The well-distributed fat and marbling within the meat contribute to its succulence and tenderness, making it literally fall off the bone!
The perfect balance of lean meat and fat creates a wonderful combination of flavors and a juicy texture.
How to Make
First, preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare the beef back ribs by removing any excess fat and membrane from the bone side. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels.
In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and all seasonings to create the rub.
Rub the spice mixture all over the beef back ribs, ensuring they are completely coated.
Place the seasoned ribs on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan, bone-side down.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil, sealing it tightly.
Bake the ribs for 2.5 to 3 hours.
Then, remove the foil and check the ribs. They should be very tender and pull away from the bone easily.
If you prefer a charred exterior, brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and broil for 3 to 5 minutes.
Lastly, allow the beef back ribs to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Expert Tips & Tricks
Seasoning is key. Do not skimp on the seasonings. This step enhances the flavors and tenderizes the meat.
For the best results, cook beef back ribs at a low temperature over an extended period. Whether you are grilling, smoking, or oven-baking, this technique ensures tender meat that retains its moisture and flavors.
Continue cooking until the meat is very tender. It will easily come away from the bone.
For a smoky flavor, finish the ribs on the grill.
How to Serve & Store
The ribs themselves are the star, so keep the accompaniments simple and let the flavors shine.
To store any leftover ribs, let them cool down. Then tightly wrap them in foil or store them in an airtight container. Refrigerate within two hours of cooking to maintain their freshness.
To reheat, preheat your oven to a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C) and warm the ribs for about 15 to 20 minutes. For extra moisture, add a bit of BBQ sauce while reheating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Baby back ribs are pork. They come from the back of the pig.
Short ribs are slightly shorter and flatter. On the other hand, beef back ribs are more curved and slightly longer.
Yes, they are great to eat!
Sure. Add BBQ sauce towards the end of the cooking process.
No, you do not have to marinate the ribs. The seasoning rub adds a ton of flavor.
Tin Foil: Cover the ribs while roasting. This helps traps in the heat, making them much more tender.
USA Pan 3 Piece Cookie Sheet Set: These rimmed baking pans work well for roasting meat too.
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Get the Recipe: Beef Back Ribs
- First, preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare the beef back ribs by removing any excess fat and membrane from the bone side. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and all seasonings to create a flavorful rub.
- Rub the spice mixture all over the beef back ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated.
- Place the seasoned ribs on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan, bone-side down.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil, sealing it tightly. This will help keep the ribs moist during the cooking process.
- Bake the ribs for 2.5 to 3 hours.
- Then, remove the foil and check the ribs. They should be very tender and pull away from the bone easily.
- If you prefer a charred exterior, brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and broil for 3 to 5 minutes. This step is optional.
- Lastly, allow the beef back ribs to rest for a few minutes before serving.
- The spice rub can be customized.
- If buying frozen beef back ribs, thaw them completely before making this recipe.
- The ribs are done when they are very tender. They should easily pull away from the bone.
- The optional broiling step adds a charred texture and deeper flavor.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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