Smoking a brisket implies a crowd – because you need one to finish all that smoked meat. When you get right down to it, this does raise a question for those who enjoy entertaining: can you pull this off with your grill in your own backyard?

Daniel Vaughn, Texas’s Monthly’s barbecue editor has been asking the same question. And it turns out you can, if you find the right meat and have some basic tools.

“Beef short ribs are a great hunk of smoked beef,” he says. “Smaller than a brisket, a lot more manageable, and a lot easier to cook.”

This might be an ambitious project for amateur barbecue chefs – many give up at the supermarket.

“You want to ask the butcher for a full rack of short ribs. More often they’re going to have chuck short ribs which also work well for this recipe.”

What you’ll hear in this segment: 

-How to cook the meat on a grill instead of a commercial smoker

-Vaughn’s temperature and time suggestions

-How long to let the meat rest

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