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beef short ribs internal temp?

I've had 2 Boston Butts on all day.  My wife's grandmother passed away and I'm cooking for her family tomorrow prior to the funeral.  For dinner tonight, since the grill real estate was occupied, I stacked 6 beef short ribs around the pork and let it smoke for a few hours.  I pulled it off at 200 internal temp and thought it would be fine.  The Thermapen slid in and out with ease, so I thought they were done.  However, they were tough and didn't want to pull off the bone easily.  What internal temp do you normally cook them to?  They tasted great....just weren't falling off the bone.  
Athens, GA
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  • SGHSGH Posts: 26,815
    There is not an “exact” temp, however it usually falls somewhere between 203 and as high as 210 depending on the particular cut, quality and grade. 

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  • etherdomeetherdome Posts: 405
    edited June 2019
    200 should have been fine. A problem I have with short ribs sometimes is the temp probe ending up in fat pockets(which are plentiful)  and giving a falsely elevated temperature reading .  If I’m suspicious based on time , I move the probe around and usually find the real temp. 
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,335
    I have never been let down by the toothpick (or in your case Thermapen) test.  Surprised by that outcome.  I never have temp'd any rib cook but somewhere north of 200*F is where briskets, chuckies etc release...   FWIW-
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,493
    I have only cooked short ribs once. I was out of town with no meat thermo so I just cooked them until a toothpick could be inserted with no resistance in multiple places. Temp unknown, but they were great!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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  • MayberryMayberry Posts: 691
    After running more tests (eating the rest of them after dinner), they were close.  The smaller ones were better than the larger ones.  I think another 5 degrees would have done it.  I'm surprised, with how easily the probe slid into them, that they weren't completely done.  But, we all know how much a few degrees matters, especially with beef.  Oh well.  They tasted good.  I'll let them roll a little longer next time.  Thanks for the replies!

    Good news is the 2 pork butts came off just after midnight last night.  We are pulling them now, to serve for dinner to family out of town this evening.  They look awesome.  
    Athens, GA
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    Sorry for your loss. 
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