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Grilled BBQ Beef Back Ribs

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Recipe and Photo by: Russ Crandall | The Domestic Man

Here’s a recipe perfectly suited for family gatherings or for anyone looking for smokey, big beefy, finger-licking flavor.

“I wanted to make something that was ridiculously easy and still produced some high-quality, juicy, and tender beef ribs.” – Russ Crandall

So I turned to my dear old gas grill, and let the magic of indirect heat run its course.

Grilled BBQ Beef Back Ribs

Recipe By: Russ Crandall | The Domestic Man

USWM Shopping List: Beef Back Ribs, BBQ Sauce


  • 2 racks US Wellness Meats beef back ribs
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp each ground mustard, paprika, cumin
  • 1/2 tsp each curry powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions for BBQ Beef Back Ribs

1. Combine all the dry ingredients, then take a pretty picture of the dry rub to show your friends.

2. Sprinkle the dry rub over both sides of the ribs and let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

3. As the ribs are hanging out, take a large handful of mesquite wood chips and soak them in water for 30 minutes.

4. To get a good amount of smoke going, add the soaked chips to a smoker box and place the box under the grill grates on one side of the grill (directly under a burner). If you happen to leave your smoker box outside in the rain sometime, you’ll get a nice rusty color to it like mine! Preheat your grill for about 10 minutes, then leave only the burner under the smoke box running.

5. Place the ribs on the opposite end of the smoker box (the cool side of the grill) and cover. Adjust the burner’s intensity to get a grill temperature of as close to 265 degrees as possible. Grill the ribs using this indirect method for three hours, or until the rib’s internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.

6. After three hours, the ribs should look slightly crispy on the outside and most of the fat should have cooked off the meat.

7. Turn the burners up to medium heat and grill the ribs on direct heat for a couple minutes, to burn off the remaining fat. This should only take a few moments once the heat is going. Brush on some barbecue sauce and remove the ribs from the grill.

8. Slice the ribs into singles using some kitchen shears and enjoy!


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Russ Crandall

Meet The Chef

A big US Wellness thank you goes out to Russ Crandall, The Domestic Man. At his blog, you’ll find gluten-free and Paleo-friendly recipes. His recipes focus on classic, traditional, and international dishes from a historical, linguistic, and cultural perspective.

Check out his cookbooks! Russ released his debut cookbook, The Ancestral Table: Paleo Recipes for a Traditional Lifestyle, in February 2014, and his second cookbook, The New York Times-bestselling Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites without the Junk, in June 2015. His most recent cookbook was released May 1, 2019, The Heritage Cookbook.