How to Cook Beef Chuck Western Style BBQ Ribs

by Katie Jensen
These meaty ribs are flavorful but need long, moist cooking.

These meaty ribs are flavorful but need long, moist cooking.

This meaty cut of beef is from the shoulder of the cow, so while they're called ribs they're actually not part of the rib cage. There is more meat on beef chuck Western style ribs than on a rack of beef ribs. Beef chuck ribs are also called country-style ribs. A long cooking time in liquid guarantees tender ribs from this tough cut of meat.

Cut the ribs to fit the Dutch oven if necessary.

Heat the Dutch oven until it's medium hot on top of the stove.

Sprinkle a few drops of water on the bottom of the Dutch oven. If the water sizzles, bounces and almost immediately evaporates, the pan is hot enough. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, but just barely.

Brown each rib section in the hot oil. Remove and set aside until all rib sections are browned.

Add the rib sections back to the Dutch oven and add the liquid. Stand back; there will be lots of steam. Freshly brewed coffee is one option, but beef broth, wine, beer or even water will work. The liquid should reach the top of the ribs but not cover them.

Throw in the seasonings of your choice such as black pepper, sage, thyme, or marjoram. Add onions, shallots and/or garlic. Leeks are not traditional but you could use them instead of onions. Go for Tex Mex Western rib seasonings with cumin, cilantro, garlic, red chili flakes or fresh hot diced chilies. Stir to distribute the seasonings.

Cover the Dutch oven with the lid. Cook on low so the liquid barely simmers for 3 hours. Don't let the liquid evaporate completely.

Take the ribs out of the oven and serve, slathered in your favorite barbecue sauce.

Items you will need

  • Dutch oven with lid
  • Cooking oil
  • Broth, coffee or other liquid
  • Seasonings
  • Prepared barbecue sauce


  • Use a heavy pan with a tight-fitting lid on the stove, if you don't have a Dutch oven.


  • Don't let the oil smoke before adding the ribs to brown. The meat may taste burnt.


About the Author

Katie Jensen's first book was published in 2000. Since then she has written additional books as well as screenplays, website content and e-books. Rosehill holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Her articles specialize in business and personal finance. Her passion includes cooking, eating and writing about food.

Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images