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Whiskey Barrel Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs

By: Andrea Alden

Wagyu isn’t just for steaks. As evidenced by last week’s recipe – Canadian Wagyu Burgers – you can get other delicious cuts of Wagyu Beef for enjoying. Thanks to Chophouse Steaks, we’ve made some Whiskey Barrel Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs and cannot wait to share this succulent recipe with you. To ensure that you get the most out of the beef itself, we’ve again kept the seasoning fairly simple, but ensured a delightful bark, the signature of a well-smoked meal. Don’t be frightened of the times listed for preparation and cooking. You will want to begin prep the night before and smoking is, as always, a work of patience. 

Prep Time
600 Min
Cook Time
360 Min
Yield
2 to 4
Difficulty
Medium

Whiskey Barrel Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs

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Ingredients

Directions

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Ingredients

1 rack (approx. 4 lb/2 kg)

1½ tbsp.

kosher salt

3 tsp.

freshly ground black pepper

3 tsp.

brown sugar

½ tbsp. 

garlic powder

2 tsp.

paprika

Directions
  1. The night before you plan to smoke, combine the salt, pepper, sugar, garlic, and paprika in a bowl. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs, then season them thoroughly on all sides.
  2. Place the ribs on a rack over a baking sheet and allow them to sit overnight with the seasoning. The salt will do some magical things and ensure a beautiful crust. 
  3. Preheat your charcoal grill to 225°F using less than a full load of charcoal in a chimney starter. Pour unlit lump charcoal into the kettle grill and add the lit charcoal on top. Shut the air shutter down to ¼ of the way open to keep the temperature low. Place one to two Whiskey Barrel Wood Smoking Chunks into the charcoal. 
  4. Smoke the Wagyu Beef Ribs for 3 hours using indirect heat. Remove the ribs from the grill and wrap them in foil or unwaxed butcher paper and return to indirect heat. 
  5. Continue to cook the ribs for up to 3 more hours or until an internal temperature of 200°F. A Napoleon Wireless Bluetooth Digital BBQ Thermometer will help you keep an eye on this temperature because the ribs could cook faster or slower depending on the weather.
  6. Remove the ribs from the grill and rest them for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

It was super hot (35°C/95°F) and sunny when I cooked these ribs. That meant that temperature control wasn't as easy as it would have been on a cooler or cloudy day. I went to grab something to drink and when I came back to the grill, my 200°F had suddenly made it up to 500°F! I spread the charcoal out and closed the air vent further - but not all the way closed - to cool things back down. Surprisingly, the cook turned out alright. That blast of heat shortened my smoking time by about an hour to an hour and a half, however, as you can see from the pictures, those ribs were beyond succulent anyway. Wagyu is pretty forgiving thankfully. And now that you know how to smoke beef ribs, will you try purchasing some Wagyu Beef Ribs to make your own? How do beef ribs compare to pork ribs?  Share your thoughts, recipes, and photos on our social pages like Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtags #SmokedRibs, #NapoleonEats, and #NapoleonGrill.

Happy Grilling!

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Gather your ingredients

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Season the ribs

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Preheat the smoker to 225°F

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Ready for wrapping

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Slice for sharing

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Serve with potato salad

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Look how juicy they are

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Take a bite

AndreaAlden
Andrea Alden

I used to be the Sultana of Sizzle, but you can call me Andrea. I have always been passionate about food. Even though I was majoring in Art and Graphic Design, I would frequently be found cooking for my friends and family.

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Recipe Blog - Chop House Logo - Recipe For Grilled Canadian Wagyu Ribeye Steaks

Get your Canadian Wagyu from Chophouse Steaks

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Prep

Gather your ingredients

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Season

Season the ribs

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Smoke1

Preheat the smoker to 225°F

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Smoke2

Ready for wrapping

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Slice

Slice for sharing

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Serve1

Serve with potato salad

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Serve2

Look how juicy they are

Recipe Blog - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs - Serve3

Take a bite