Smoked Beef Dino Bones with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Rating: 5.00
By Dave
December 28, 2021

Dino bones are the beef version of baby back ribs. Smoked low and slow, then braised in beef tallow, these ribs fall off the bone.

What are Smoked Beef Dino Bones?

Smoked beef dino bones are really beef back ribs and are the biggest, meatiest ribs available. Unlike short ribs, which come from the lower portion of the rib cage, beef back ribs are cut from the top section near where a rib roast comes from. They are screaming for a little smoke and BBQ sauce.

Dry Rub

Great BBQ begins with the dry rub. Most recipes will make more dry rub than you need for that recipe. Extra dry rub will store in an airtight container in the pantry for several months.

Dry Rub
Dry Rub

Basting Sauce for Smoked Beef Dino Bones

Basting is an important part of making great smoked dino bones. First, basting keeps the meat from drying out while being smoked. Second, and perhaps more important, it helps the smoke adhere to the meat. Basting sauces ranges from simple to complex. This one is has only four ingredients but adds a bit in the flavor department. Since it has beef tallow in it, basting actually adds a very thin layer of fat helps protect the ribs. Since beef tallow is a solid at room temperature, it may be necessary to keep the basting sauce over a very lower simmer while the ribs are on the smoker.

Basting Dino Bones
Basting Dino Bones

Texas Crutch

A Texas crutch is basically a method for braising barbecued meat after being smoked. It is commonly used and is THE secret to ribs that fall off the bone. For example, the 3-2-1 method for cooking pork baby back ribs involves 3 hours of smoking, 2 hours of braising and 1 hour of direct heat. Just place the ribs in a disposable aluminum pan, add some liquid, cover with foil and you are ready to braise. Make sure to use heavy aluminum foil and make a tight seal around the aluminum. If necessary, wrap the entire sealed tray inside a second, larger piece of aluminum.

Texas Crutch
Texas Crutch

BBQ Sauce

Nothing will cause a fight between Pit Masters faster than a discussion about which BBQ sauce is best. For me, BBQ sauce is up there with religion and politics. Use what YOU like and don’t talk about it.

BBQ Sauce
BBQ Sauce

When it comes to Smoked beef dino bones, I prefer a rich sauce with a bit of sweetness and a touch of bourbon. The sauce in this recipe is an adaptation of a sauce in Steve Raichlen’s book, Sauces, Mops and Marinades. It’s easy to make and absolutely delicious. Put down the spoon and get a brush. You need this sauce for ribs.

Garrison Bros Bourbon
Garrison Brothers Bourbon Makes a Great BBQ Sauce

Favorite Side Dishes

Here are some great side dishes to go with smoked beef dino bones:

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Smoked Beef Ribs

Smoked Dino Bones with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

5 from 1 vote
These are the beef version of baby back ribs. Smoked low and slow, then braised with beef tallow and finished off with a homemade barbecue sauce.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Resting Time 10 mins


  • Smoker


Dry Rub

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Basting Sauce

  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup beef tallow
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

BBQ Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely minced
  • 1/2 cup good bourbon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke optional
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups ketchup


  • 8 beef ribs dino bones
  • 1 stick butter


Dry Rub

  • Mix all ingredients and set aside.
    Dry Rub

Basting Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients over low heat until beef tallow melts.
    Basting Dino Bones

BBQ Sauce

  • Cook the onion and olive oil in a large, nonreactive sauce pan over medium heat until softened. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low simmer and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring often. Strain sauce and serve.
    BBQ Sauce


  • Sprinkle dry rub over ribs (all sides).
    Dino Bones with Rub
  • Setup smoker for indirect heat at 250° F. Add a drip pan with water below the grate. Smoke ribs for 3 hours. Baste ribs with basting sauce every 30 minutes.
    Dino Bones on Grill
  • Remove the ribs and place in a roasting pan. Add remaining basting sauce to the pan along with one stick of butter. Tightly seal the pan with foil. Return pan to the smoker and cook for two hours. Rest ribs for 10 minutes and serve.
    Texas Crutch



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Serving: 2ribsCalories: 936kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 109gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 369mgSodium: 839mgPotassium: 2033mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 390IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 13mg
Calories: 936kcal
Cost: $25
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: beef ribs, dino bones

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