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A Basic Overview of Beef Ribs and Pork Ribs 02:53

Reid Guess

Learn the ins and outs of working with beef and pork ribs.

A Basic Overview of Beef Ribs and Pork Ribs 02:53

Reid Guess

Learn the ins and outs of working with beef and pork ribs.

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The Steps

  1. 1. As beef ribs are very large and have a lot of fat marbling, they often require a long time to cook. Beef ribs can be cooked one rib at a time or as an entire rack. They are commonly smoked overnight for 12 to 15 hours. 00:07

  2. 2. There are two types of pork ribs: spare ribs and baby back ribs. Spare ribs generally take 10 to 12 hours to cook at a low temperature. Baby back ribs are an extension of the rib cage attached to the spare ribs. Baby backs tend to have more meat and less fat than spare ribs. Baby back ribs take approximately four to six hours to cook. 00:43

  3. 3. Dry rubs can be used on all types of ribs. Chef Reid recommends trying different dry rubs and flavor combinations until you find a combination you like. He also recommends smoking ribs with different types of wood to impart different flavors. 01:34

What You'll Need

Ingredients

- Beef ribs
- Pork ribs

Chef Notes

Beef ribs are a "primal cut" of beef coming from one or several ribs of the cow. The term "beef ribs" generally refers to two cuts of meat: the rib steak and short ribs. The rib steak is a steak with a single rib bone still attached. Short ribs are a slab of ribs, usually containing three to four rib bones.

Chef Reid mentions that there are two types of pork ribs: spare ribs and baby back ribs. Spare ribs are taken from the belly side of the rib cage and contain more bone than meat. Baby back ribs come from the top of the rib cage and are meatier than spare ribs. 

To learn how to make a dry rub, visit Chef Reid’s “Simple Texas Pork Dry Rub” tutorial located at the bottom of the page.

To learn how to cook baby back ribs, visit Chef Charlie McKenna's "How to Prepare Baby Back Ribs" tutorial located at the bottom of the page.

For a different take on beef ribs, visit Chef Alex Heath's "Boneless Braised Beef Short Ribs" tutorial located at the bottom of the page.

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