Chipotle Black Pepper Smoked Beef Ribs Recipe

Smoked beef ribs are king. They are massive, exciting and super unique. Truth is that beef ribs are mesmerizing to me every time that I cook them. But for me, the biggest question is making sure that the beef I am eating was treated well before I pour my heart and soul into cooking it for my family.


Sponsored by Global Animal Partnership


chipotle black pepper smoked beef ribs


Starts with Love


Whether you know this or not, the best food you will ever taste starts with the most important ingredient: love. From potatoes to cattle, having knowledgeable ranchers that are following the highest level of modern ethical practices is key to sustainability and longevity for a meat eater like myself. So what ranchers are doing this?


Well, to name a few: Adams Ranch, Blue Goose Cattle & Baldwin Family Farms. These are just three of the ranches that are apart of the Global Animal Partnership, which is changing the meat industry for good.


What is the Global Animal Partnership?


The Global Animal Partnership, or GAP, is an Animal Welfare Labeling program that is making it easier for people like you and I to shop for ethically raised meat. They work with farmers and ranchers like the ones stated above to help them continuously improve the lives of farm animals


Their plan is simple: 


  1. To make sure all their animals are raised without antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products.
  2. Create standards to continuously improve the lives of farm animals. For those in the GAP program, those standards are auditing on every farm, every 15 months by a third party.
  3. Work with farmers to provide them with ‘farm to fork’ support, all designed to help GAP’s partners create sustainable, profitable practices that enable them to flourish for generations to come. 
  4. Create the country’s leading, easy to understand labeling system that tells you explicitly how the animal was raised (see the GAP label and its various steps below).


GAP Steps


More About the Smoked Beef Ribs:


You have anywhere from Step 1 to Step 5+. Each step contains more and more sought after treatment practices that enhance the well-being and lifestyle of the animal. Like I said before, a lot of love helps to create a better end result. For my beef ribs, they were a step 4, which means they were always on a well nourished pasture, no feedlots with minimal management practices. You will no longer need to feel confused or distant to the process, which is an important piece to anyone who chooses to eat meat.


How Can I Find some Smoked Beef Ribs?


Best part about GAP is that it’s easy to find. You can find GAP certified products in over 5,000 outlets across the USA and Canada. I purchased the beef featured here from my local Whole Foods Market, which stocks a wide variety of GAP certified products, ranging from fresh beef, chicken, pork, turkey and lamb. You can also find GAP certified products like broths, deli meats and even pet food.


Walked right into the Whole Foods Market and got a grass-fed Step 4 Beef Plate Rib with 4 bones. Using a rub found below, I smoked this whole beef rib until it was nice and tender. After it rest, we then sliced and ate.


In the end…


Honestly, these Smoked Beef Ribs were a fantastic cook because they were delicious and authentic. I knew each ingredient and its origin. I knew the ranch, lifestyle and practice regarding the life of the cow, which this beef came from. It was peace of mind and complete clarity. It is not often that a backyard cook like you or me gets access to that information. But, times are changing thanks to Global Animal Partnership.


I can honestly say that it was a better meal because of it. In the end, love truly is the best ingredient.


chipotle black pepper smoked beef ribs

Chipotle Black Pepper Smoked Beef Ribs

These Smoked Beef Ribs will be the perfect outdoor cooking experience when you use high quality beef from Global Animal Partnership!
Author:Derek Wolf
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people


Beef Rib Ingredients:

  • 1 GAP Certified Beef Plate Rib 3-4 bones & trimmed
  • 1/2 cup of coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 tbsp of coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp of chipotle powder
  • 1.5 tbsp of garlic powder
  • Avocado Oil

Spray Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of red wine I prefer malbec or syrah
  • 2 tbsp of hot sauce if you like
  • 1 food safe spray bottle


  • Lather beef rib in avocado oil or hot sauce. Season your beef rib thoroughly using the black pepper, salt, chipotle powder & garlic powder.
  • Build a fire in your grill for indirect cooking. Let rise to an even 250F with a light blue smoke. Add hickory wood chunks to the top for added flavor.
  • Add beef rib to smoker and let cook until all parts of the rib are at 180F internal (about 3-4 hours). Replenish coals when needed to maintain temperature.
  • Once you hit temp, add wine & hot sauce into your spray bottle. Carefully spray the beef rib ever 30 minutes to maintain moisture. Allow to cook until all parts of rib register 205F internal (about another 2-3 hours).
  • Once ribs have hit temperature, pull off smoker, wrap in butcher paper & allow to rest in a cooler for a minimum of 1 hour. When ready, pull out of cooler, slice and enjoy!



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Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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