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Smoked Beef Short Ribs

In our Smoked Beef Short Ribs recipe, we take some big juicy dino ribs and season with SPG before hitting the smoker for the day for a Traeger smoke-a-thon. Tender, meaty, and so delicious!

Traeger Smoked Dino Ribs

I love all kinds of ribs, but beef ribs have a special place in my heart and in our recipe box. We’ve done them on the site a few times before, but never quite like this.

The first time we made beef back ribs, which are similar in name to these beef plate short ribs but come from a different part of the animal and aren’t as large and in charge as the dino ribs that you see all over the internets during peak grilling season.

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Smoked Beef Dino Ribs shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

How to make Smoked Dino Ribs on the Pellet Grill

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



We’re headed to 235°F today, so preheat according to factory instructions. Or get as close to it as you can.


Season & Smoke

Season your ribs with the salt, pepper, and garlic. Throw the ribs on the smoker and let them smoke for 5-6 hours. Spritz every 30 minutes with hard cider.

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Wrap up the ribs in pink butcher paper and put them back on the grill. Cook wrapped for another 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until the ribs are probe tender.



Let the ribs rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.



Serve with bbq sauce and napkins.

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Smoked Beef Short Ribs FAQ

How do you store leftovers?

Toss them in a baggie and refrigerate for 3-4 days max.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers?

Remove the meat from the bone and saute in some butter for the best results. We’ve also resorted to the microwave in a pinch. Let that be a last resort though. Air fryer, stovetop, and over are all better options.

What cut are dino ribs?

Dino ribs are the beef short plate ribs. These are different from beef back ribs, and are often labeled Beef Short Ribs.

What animal are dino ribs from?

Dino ribs are not in fact, dino. They are made from cow.

Are dino ribs and plate ribs the same thing?

Yup! They sure are!

Are dino ribs back ribs?

Nope! Back ribs are different ribs. Back ribs are what are left when they cut the prime rib roast and ribeyes from the animal. The meat is primarily found between the bones on these ribs.

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Yield: 6 servings

Traeger Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Traeger Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Fire up the smoker because we are cooking the biggest, meatiest, beefiest rack of beef plate ribs, aka "dino" ribs, and you're going to want seconds.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 pounds beef plate short ribs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 can cherry hard cider


  1. Preheat your pellet grill to 235°F. Season your ribs liberally with the salt, pepper, and garlic. Place on the smoker and smoke for about 5 hours. Spritz every 30-45 minutes with some sweet cherry hard cider (or any hard cider or apple cider you have hanging around.)
  2. Wrap the ribs in pink butcher paper tightly and place back on the grill. Cook for another 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until the ribs are probe tender and jiggle a little when you wiggle them. We tend to go by "feel", so give the meat a few pokes too.
  3. Remove from the pellet grill and let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  4. Serve with bbq sauce and plenty of napkins.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 667Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 441mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 63g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Jeannine Meador

Sunday 27th of February 2022

They look amazing and I want to try them asap. Just want to clarify smoking temp so I don't ruin them as they are super pricey where I live. In the blog it states smoke @235. In the recipe card it says 253. I'm assuming the latter is a typo? Happens to me all the time no matter how often I proof read what I've written. So no criticism here, just being super cautious. Using MBE smoker. I love all your recipes and learn so much each time. Happy grilling!!!!!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Yes! Whoops! Fixing that now. Thank you for pointing it out, and so glad you like the site and the recipes. Hope you have fabulous ribs!

P.S. For the fastest response to these kinds of questions, you can email me at nicole at or whatever you do dot com, or you can Instagram message me!

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