Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dino Bones: Beef Back Rib Version

Heaven on a plate...

I knew this weekend was going to be full of some good cooking because we had two good food omens on Friday.

On Friday morning, Alexis and I are driving to work, cutting through a subdivision shortcut and at a stop sign, a raven flies in front of us CARRYING A FREAKING PANCAKE ! ! Our jaws dropped and we looked at each other with a "I really didn't just see THAT, did I?" look. [Yes, that happened exactly as written, this isn't just for effect.]

The second good food omen? Oh, Walmart had beef back ribs on sale for about $7 for a pack of a 7 bone portion. $1 a rib? Yes please! Can anyone scream.....

Back in December, I wrote about "Dino Bones", which are big barbecued beef ribs. In that post I mentioned that there are two cuts used for this, untrimmed beef short ribs and beef back ribs. Then I used the short ribs. Today, I tried the back rib version. This cut of beef is the bone part of a standing rib roast ("prime" rib) and it's what they cut off of a boneless rib roast (where ribeye steaks come from).

I had Trevor rub the ribs with a dry rub (Weber Chicago Steak seasoning and some black pepper).

And then onto the Big Green Egg they went. You want your cooker, smoker, grill, whatever set up for an INDIRECT cook at a grate temp of 225-250f (that's a dome temp of 250-275 on a large BGE). Today I used lump charcoal and oak wood chips.

These ribs cooked way faster than the short ribs. At about two hours, they were already at an internal temp of 170f so I glazed them with one of my favorites, Chok'on Dis Blaz'n Glaze (awesome stuff for beef).

Notice that the meat didn't draw back off of the bones as much as the short rib version did. I suppose that is because this is a leaner cut of beef.

Plated it up with two sides.

We LOVED these! The beef flavor is similar to steak (no surprise) but there is a little "picking" to do to get it all from the bone. They had just the right smoky flavor, not over the top. The heat from the Blaz'n Glaze let you know it was there but it wasn't too "in your face". Ok, it was a little "in your face" but it didn't knock any teeth out. But if you don't like heat, you could use a beef bbq sauce instead.

If all things were equal (price, availability, etc), we both liked the beef back ribs Dino Bones over the short rib Dino Bones but they are both good.


  1. I am feeling might carnivorous right now Rrrrrrrr!

    Damn that looks good Chris!

  2. Wow - those look amazing! The beans look good too. I can't wait for it to warm up so we can grill more often. Your pictures are great!

  3. Oh yum! Excellent round of food porn here today! I wish I would have caught that sale. These look delicious! Glad to see you have a some help when you cook - Trevor sure is one good looking young man :-)

  4. Awesome post. Dino bones, I love that reference too. The ribs look fabulous.

    Seriously, you saw a raven with a pancake?

  5. Chef E:
    It's that primal caveman instinct in ya!

    The beans were just 1 link of chorizo browned with 1/4 cup of diced red bell pepper, a can of pinto beans, and a can of kidney beans (rinsed). Great quicky side.

    I'm heading back tomorrow hoping they have some left for the freezer!

    TOTALLY SERIOUS. This raven flies across the road just about 2-3 feet with a whole pancake dangling from it's beak. It was the craziest thing. We were laughing once it set in what we had seen.

  6. Of course this meat looks good! You made it– and provided great info for us amateurs. But I gotta ask about that wiener. Who was that for? GREG

  7. Oh man, that first picture is all 3-D like. Like they just want to come out of this screen and into my mouth. You know, it wouldn't kill you to drive a little bit south and bring me some.

  8. This looks like the kind of meal that Fred Flintstone would love:D I'll have to keep my eye out for these ribs. I bet me and my husband would love them.

  9. It's like a Monty Python movie with it's pancake toting ravens and all the shouting about Dino Bones. :P

    Seriously, those look so, so good and I want some of the sauce. Texas is all about spicy sauce on the grilled ribs - I miss that.

    Nice that your boy is helping with the feast - cooking is very bonding. This is such a fun post!

  10. Those ribs look amazing. I like the idea of using the little ramekins for side dishes. I'm surprised that raven wasn't sitting on the roof waiting for handouts. We have alot of ravens that hang out in our neighborhood. About a year ago, every morning I'd see a raven fly buy with a full bagel. I suppose someone was feeding it. I thought that was a sight, I can't imagine a pancake.

  11. Chris, it looks like you & Trevor need to go on Food Network Rib Challenge. These ribs look amazing!

  12. Good looking bones Chris - I've yet to cook a beef rib a really liked, always too done. Did you happen to check the finished temp on yours?

  13. Greg:
    Please, I am an amateur just having fun. The link? That was an experiment. It was a link of chorizo that I smoked and chopped up into a simple pot of green beans.

    That reminds me...sending you an email.

    Actually, Smoketowne BBQ in Louisville calls them Flintstones, so you are right on target.

    It is an excellent sauce, my favorite, but you have to order it online which makes it expensive in small quantities because of the shipping.

    Lea Ann:
    A bagel? That's a strong bird! Like you, I'm thinking someone was feeding this fella too, he came from between two houses.

    Thanks but those Q folks you see on there are big time serious. Plus competition Q and backyard Q are two different things. Even comp cooks will often tell you that what they cook in comps is NOT what they'd make for themselves.

    Yeah, they were 190-195f depending where you stuck the Thermapen. I thought they were going to be overdone but if you click on the pic, you can see they are juicy as can be. The package said you can serve them as low as 145f but I think you'd have to grill them for that (high temp/short duration).

  14. It totally looks like heaven on a plate!

  15. I think I have to go draw a raven with a pancake in its mouth. BRB

  16. That looks HEAVENLY!!!! *drool*

  17. I love ribs & these look mouth watering! But the raven and the pancake is pretty crazy I swear.

  18. Oh, Yum. Dino bones look fabulous.

    And... you have a green egg. Gotta admit I'm just a wee bit jealous.

  19. Those Dino bones look amazing! - Did you notice if the Raven put syrup on the pancake? If so, was it real maple syrup? I have a feeling a Raven would appreciate the real thing.

  20. This past weekend was perfect for outdoors and grilling. How did I miss the sale on the ribs when I actually went Walmartin' Saturday morning! Your ribs are mouthwatering! You are definitely King of the Grill.

    The raven story is incredible.

  21. Short and Back ribs are definately two different cuts. They are both my favorite and so very delicous. It is hard to find meaty back ribs at our local Wally-Mart. I think the meaty ones go to restaurants.

    Your ribs sure looked great!

  22. That looks yabba-dabba-delightful!!!

    The raven story was hillarious. Too bad no photo!

  23. I love this. It's so manly.


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