Easy BBQ Short Ribs

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
10 min
2 hr

6 servings

  • 4 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 3-inch long pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground thyme
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Arrange the short ribs in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and season with salt and pepper, to taste. In a small bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients and stir to incorporate. Pour the sauce over ribs and toss well, coating all the pieces. Cover with aluminum foil and roast until cooked through and tender, about 3 hours. Remove the foil during the last 30 minutes of cooking to brown the top. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.

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    I made these as directed and at 300 for 2 hours, the sauce burned. I'm trying this again today except I'll be cooking them at 260 for 3 hours. We'll see how they turn out. I must have a hot oven.
    These ribs were amazing! So easy to make, just mix up the ingredients, pour it on and bake. Can't wait to make them again!
    I needed a recipe and quickly ran to the internet, which brought me to this recipe. I put it in the crock pot due to other things happpening in the oven and even in the crock pot these were fabulous! I can't wait to try the oven version. Can't wait for everyone to try them. The sauce is easy and works perfectly with the cut of meat. I made it for a weeknight but can't wait to make it for company!
    So I've made this recipe three times over the last year and honestly its my only experience with cooking short ribs. If the fact that I keep making this hasn't already let you know I love love love love this recipe. I've served it for a few guest on different dates and almost a year later I still have people calling to ask if I'm making it anytime soon. I followed the recipe exactly except for a dash of crushed red pepper and 2 table spoons of liquid smoke in the bbq sauce. Very simple and easy and the ribs just melt in your mouth when done. 
    The above was my original review from aug 2012. I wanted to add one other change/tip I've developed with this recipe. Make twice the amount of sauce called for. Use half as directed by the recipe. Than for the last 30 mins of the cook time transfer the ribs to another pan and toss in the remaining sauce. That will truly help to caramelize the sauce on the ribs which will boost the flavor.
    I am making it now. I thought by seeing 5 stars many people had tried this recipe and thought it was good. After looking further at the comments, many people thought it was bland. I wish the Food Network didn't make you rate a recipe you haven't tried in order to make a comment. I look at the ratings to see who tried it and what they thought.
    So easy, and this is my first experience with ribs AND bbq sauce. I was so thrilled with the outcome. We only had enough for the 2 of us, so I cooked them for 1.5 hours covered and half hour uncovered. For the sauce, I like extra so I made it to the same proportions, but we like it less sweet so I added a little more mustard vinegar and worcestshire. I liked that you could taste test it as you go, like I said, I've never made bbq before, and I don't think I'll ever buy it again! (well.. maybe in a pinch) We ended up having to make a bet over who got the last rib! Very very happy with this recipe. I will be buying up all the ribs when they go on sale, bc I'm not afraid of them anymore. I also will be bringing them to the next potluck party I go to, so I can be famous for a day. Great for superbowl, for example. Just be first in line, trust me.
    Mt second time making these. It was EXTREMELY easy! The sauce was tangy and the ingredients are so common that most should have them in their cabinet or pantry. My family loved it!
    Low 'N' Slowand soooo worth the wait! So tender and full of flavor. Sauce is on the sweet side but I still loved it. Definitely going to be a regular in my household!
    All of the ingredients for the bbq sauce are in your pantry and fridge -- only need to get the meat! Couldn't be easier to prepare and cook. And the flavor -- terrific! And tender. This recipe is a keeper!
    Yum Yum Yum!!!!!!!!! This was awesome. Didn't have worchestire sause used a lil steak sauce instead. My husband loves it. Ribs produces a lot oil will try it on a rack next time.
    OMG I have made this twice, now. The first time our short ribs were so delicious that I could not wait to make it again, and my butcher didn't have short ribs again for months! I live in a very small town and every time I went to the store, I would look for those beef short ribs so I might have another taste. The BBQ sauce is so blessedly delish, exactly as written. I would not change a thing, and hubby tried to add a bit of his own bbq sauce only to tell me, "This changes the profile of the recipe too much" and promptly put it away. Amazing, delicious, succulent, perfect recipe. BRAVO!
    I went to my local grocer as I thought short ribs were inexpensive! Boy, was I wrong.
    Have made this recipe several times with different types of ribs. Love it! When the family craves bbq, this is my go to recipe. It has the perfect amount of sauce to cover them all, but not leave them dripping. Just the way we like them!
    Very good recipe!I doubled the ingredients of the sauce to cover all my short ribs. My husband loved it, but my 3 and 5 year old don't like bbq sauce. It was a little too greasy for me. Next time I'll put it on a wire rack. Great Job Sunny!
    Thanks Sunny!
    Awesome have made several times with different types of ribs. I always double the sauce. Thanks Sunny
    Very tasty and sweet. I am definitely not mad that I made this. It wasn't spectacular or anything, but it was very good!
    Yummy! I thought the sauce would be overpowering but the slow cooking time must help it to absorb nicely into the meat. In the finished product, the sauce is sweet and delicious. I have a hot oven, so my cooking time was 90 minutes under foil and 15 uncovered. Meat was falling off the bone. Excellent recipe - I will definitely do this again!
    delicious cant wait to make again i love the sauce
    My first time cooking short ribs and they turned out great! I tried another recipe since and they were more like beef stew tasting. This BBQ sauce is really easy to make and you can keep it for other recipes and marinades. Easy to do in slow-cooker too...
    Holy awesome BBQ sauce! My husband was skeptical that I even made it! Definitely a nice sweet BBQ sauce and the short ribs were delish! It was the first time I ever used this cut of meat and cooked it myself. Really easy....will definitely make again.
    This is the best short rib recipe I have ever made!!! So easy to make, cooked it on my gas grill in a cast iron Dutch oven and it came out perfect. The whole family loved it, will definately make it again.
    Which is it: 2h 10min or 3h? The recipe says 3 hr, but at the top it say 2hr 10min. The video says three hours. I'll check how it's going at two hours. Three sounds about right, though. Can't wait to taste it! Five stars just for making my mouth water while reading the recipe . . .
    Delicious and easy, a keeper. The only thing I did differently is salt/pepper the meat and brown the sides before I baked.
    I was delicious and so quick and easy. I will be using this recipe again. My son thought it was the best he ever ate. He's going to make it today for his family.
    So easy and flavorful. The smell of slow cooked beef was wonderful. My only suggestion is to add a little more brown sugar, which I will do next time. I did not find the BBQ sauce as sweet as I would have liked... That being said I have recommended this to several friend. Thanks, Sunny.
    Awesome and simple and the BBQ Sauce is fantastic!! Love it!!! amazing
    This was so so easy and so freakishly good!!! I used bone in ribs and when they came out, the meat was tender and falling off the bone. I made a tiny bit of extra sauce on the stove top and when the ribs were finished separated the oil from the sauce and added to my stove top sauce- basted the ribs and put back in the oven for a few more minutes. This is a recipe to follow to the T. As is, no changes and it is wonderful!! Served with a vinegar based potato salad which was the perfect compliment to the sweet. My husband ate every last bite and asked that it be added to the dinner rotation! Also, the sauce is soooo easy and soooo tasty, I am imagining all the things I can do with it!
    Love this recipe, so easy to make. The sauce is delic. Next time I will double the sauce mix for the beef short ribs so will have enough to go over either rice or potatoes. I did not have white vinger but had balsamic. I also added carrots to the menu. This will be one of my favoriates to make.
    Wow-What a wonderful way to prepare boneless beef sort ribs! We baked this in our smaller oval red Le Creuset enamel-coated cast iron baking dish in our Thermador professional oven after halving the sauce ingredients and using only 1.5 pounds of boneless beef short ribs and it was outstanding! Thank you, Sunny, for providing us this dynamite beef dish!
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