Barbecue Beef Recipes

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If you're looking for some real barbecue beef recipes, you've come to the right place.

You'll find beef recipes that you can cook in your smoker and some great recipes to cook on your grill.

Made with fire and wood, this is the way to cook beef.

What Kind of Beef to Barbecue?

Cooking meat in your smoker is usually reserved for tough, fatty cuts. Usually, anything that takes a long time to cook to become tender is suitable for your smoker.

You certainly don't want to throw tender cuts like a rib-eye steak on your smoker; save that for your grill.

Some classic beef cuts for your barbecue are beef ribs and, of course, beef brisket. (You can make some excellent barbecue beef sandwiches with that brisket!)

You can also cook things like meatloaf and sausages. Although these don't require long cook times, a little smoke sure adds to their flavor. It's hard to beat a nice, juicy smoked sausage!

Selecting Beef for Your Smoker

When you go to select the beef that you want to cook low and slow, there are some things to consider; you want the meat to have:

  • A fair amount of fat - Fat helps to keep the meat moist. The moisture also helps to break the muscle fibers down and make the meat tender. The fat also contributes tremendously to the flavor of the meat. Look for cuts that have lots of marbling. If there is a fat cap, make sure it's at least 1/4" thick.
  • Lots of connective tissue - Connective tissue is made primarily of protein. One type is collagen, which is gelatin. This gives the meat a silky, succulent, melt in your mouth quality. Meat with multiple muscles has more connective tissue. This connective tissue surrounds the different muscles. It's the silvery membrane between them. This cannot be cooked down and should be removed before cooking.
  • A coarse grain- Meat with a coarse grain will give you the right texture when cooked for long periods. After cooking, it will still hold most of its structure, providing a good mouthfeel and chew. More delicate grained meats will be mushy.
  • Right color - Good color is usually an indicator of freshness and proper handling of meat. You want beef to have a bright, red color. The brighter the color, the fresher your beef is. Avoid anything dark, discolored, or gray.
  • No odor - Fresh beef should have little to no odor. If it does, discard it or return it and get your money back. (Yes, most grocers will give you your money back for meat and produce that you're not satisfied with. Just don't try to return a lousy peach to a produce store in New York!) The odor is the byproduct of bacteria and other nasty things digesting your beef. The meat will usually be sealed unless you're lucky enough to live near a real butcher. Upon opening, make sure there aren't any offensive or foul odors. The exception to this would be Cryovac meats. Cryovac meats will have a smell from the process of nitrogen flushing and wet aging. This odor should dissipate after a few minutes. If it doesn't, the meat has spoiled.

How to Barbecue Beef Low and Slow

When you barbecue beef, the same rules apply when you barbecue anything else; you have to cook it low and slow for the best results.

Beef that you want to barbecue is tough with some connective tissue in it. Cooking it low and slow will transform it into tender, juicy barbecue goodness.

This low and slow cooking process accomplishes several things for you;

  • The long cooking process breaks down the connective tissue without drying out the meat.
  • Prolonged exposure to smoke gives you that smoky barbecue flavor we all love.
  • This cooking method helps to render the fat.
  • You get excellent bark formation.

Barbecue Beef Recipes

Beef is excellent for the smoker. That great beefy flavor combined with the right amount of smoke and spice is hard to beat. Here are some recipes you should try out on your barbecue pit:

  • Spicy beef sausages.
  • Beef ribs are great for the smoker. 
  • Learn how to barbecue a brisket. It's fantastic sliced, or you can chop it up and put it into barbecue beef sandwiches. Always a crowd-pleaser.

Barbecue beef recipes for your grill:

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