Beef Ribs in BBQ Sauce – slow cooked short ribs!

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Extraordinarily fingers off, foolproof option to prepare dinner beef ribs – sluggish cooked within the oven in a do-it-yourself BBQ Sauce braising liquid till the meat is crumble and ridiculously juicy inside, and the skin is bronzed and sticky. Also referred to as quick ribs, these are a prized reduce for sluggish cooking!

BONUS: this all occurs in a single pan, it’s 100% excellent for make forward and freezing, and makes its personal barbecue sauce (and it may be the very best you ever have in your life!).

Sluggish cooked BBQ Beef Ribs

Beef ribs are the king of all beef cuts for sluggish cooking (fairly certain I stated that in my Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce too). They’re juicier than brisket and chuck (there’s all the time a couple of lean-ish patches, that’s simply the way in which that reduce is). Beef Cheeks come shut, however ribs have one massive factor going for them that cheeks don’t:


I don’t know what it’s about crumble meat on a bone, nevertheless it will get me each time. Therefore my ever rising assortment of lamb shank recipes. And pork ribs. And now it appears I’ve moved onto beef ribs!

In the event you’re new to beef ribs, this is a wonderful option to introduce them into your life, and I’ll wager that they’ll turn into an everyday fixture. The sweet-savoury flavour of the BBQ Sauce is an ideal match with the beefy flavour of ribs.

And it’s just about a foolproof recipe – you simply want to make sure it’s cooked lengthy sufficient so the meat turns into like THIS:


Fork picking up beef short ribs meat

BBQ Beef Ribs Rub

Right here’s what you want for the Rub. There’s fairly a couple of substitutions doable so don’t fret in case you don’t have each merchandise:

Spice Rub for BBQ Beef Ribs

Beef Ribs

Beef ribs do are available quite a lot of cuts, however I’m utilizing the commonest reduce (right here in Australia) which can also be known as beef quick ribs. It’s a chunky rectangle block, reduce with particular person bones and are very meaty.

They shrink about 30% so attempt to get massive meaty ones. However in case you can solely get small ones ~250g/8oz, that’s nonetheless okay!

Beef rib RACK: typically you see beef ribs in rack type. They sometimes have much less meat on them. They may work nice on this recipe too – see recipe card for instructions. Nevertheless, be sure you do NOT use the rib racks that come vac packed – these have been brined and will likely be too salty (learn elements, if it has something in it aside from beef, then it’s brined ie salt injected).

Beef different cuts: beef cheeks and chuck (reduce into baseball measurement chunks) will each work actually nice right here. For brisket, use the Barbecue Beef Brisket recipe.

Different meats: For pork ribs, use this recipe and for hen, use this recipe.

Rub substitutions:

  • Brown sugar – sub white
  • Garlic powder – 1 tsp minced garlic (utilizing press) per 1 tsp powder
  • Onion powder – garlic powder
  • Mustard powder – dijon or normal mustard

If subbing recent garlic or mustard unfold, then rub these moist elements on first earlier than urgent into dry rub.

Raw beef short ribs with BBQ rub

Beef Ribs braising liquid / do-it-yourself BBQ sauce

And right here’s what you want for the do-it-yourself BBQ Sauce which doubles because the braising liquid for the meat ribs (so it absorbs flavour because it sluggish cooks which is why we don’t have to marinate these ribs):

Ingredients in barbecue sauce for BBQ Beef Ribs

  • Ketchup is the first flavour base for do-it-yourself barbecue sauce. You’ll discover it in all my barbecue sauce flavoured recipes, together with this (straightforward!) midweek Baked BBQ Chicken, BBQ Pork RibsPulled Pork with BBQ Sauce and sluggish cooked brisket with BBQ SauceSub with Aussie Tomato Sauce – it’s nearly nearly as good;
  • Cider vinegar – the tang in do-it-yourself barbecue sauce. Sub with white wine vinegar, sherry or Champagne vinegar OR 1/Three cup regular white vinegar;
  • Brown sugar – barbecue sauce is candy. In the event you don’t like candy, you may reduce it again.
  • Garlic – I actually like utilizing recent however powder is ok too;
  • Onion powder – sub garlic powder;
  • Mustard powder – sub with dijon or regular yellow mustard (not scorching English mustard! Until you WANT the warmth!)
  • Worcestershire Sauce – savoury ingredient. Soy sauce (all objective or gentle) is a suitable sub (it received’t make it Asiany);
  • Cayenne – for a hum of heat. This isn’t overly spicy. In the event you’re involved, begin with much less and you may alter proper on the finish. In the event you prefer it scorching, begin with the recipe quantity then add scorching sauce on the finish.

Methods to make BBQ Beef Ribs

Lifeless straightforward – all the things goes into the pan, you then sluggish prepare dinner it in a average oven till the meat is crumble tender. It’s fabulously foolproof as a result of there’s an enormous window earlier than the meat will begin to dry out from overcooking – I’ve left it in 1 half of hours too lengthy and it was STILL juicy!

How to make Beef Short Ribs in barbecue sauce

PRO TIP: Make upfront

In the event you’re a primary timer or fearful about prepare dinner timing for a scheduled meal (re: whether or not it’s going to take longer for the meat to turn into fall-apart tender), make it earlier within the day and even the day earlier than…or the day earlier than! As with all sluggish cooked issues (like stews, shanks), the flavour will get higher with time and it’s actually easy to reheat.

That makes this a sensational feast choice! It plates up actually elegantly, posh restaurant model – and I’ve choices beneath for fine-dining kind sides as an alternative of the hearty finger-licking kind sides pictured (Coleslaw and steamed corn, traditional BBQ sides)

Right here’s a detailed up take a look at the do-it-yourself Barbecue Sauce you find yourself with within the pan. The great thing about this methodology of cooking is that the juices from the ribs combine in with the sauce, so that you’re primarily making it with the last word money-can’t-buy beef inventory!

Spoon scooping up BBQ sauce for beef ribs

ANOTHER PRO TIP: For a fancy restaurant expertise, pressure the sauce to make it silky clean. I do that for VIPs solely.😂

Grilling choice!

Within the recipe video, I make this solely within the oven, together with the caramelisation on the finish. But when it have been hotter climate, I’d have completed it on the BBQ! I’ve included instructions for grilling within the recipe.

Beef Ribs in barbecue sauce fresh out of the oven, ready to be eaten

Showing how tender the beef short ribs meat is

What to serve with BBQ Beef Ribs

As promised, I’m going to supply up a few totally different choices for how one can serve beef ribs – rustic, finger lickin’ barbecue model OR elegant effective eating model (and yep, beef ribs definitely seem on the menu of effective eating eating places, prized for the juicy qualities and since it CAN be plated up elegantly):

Rustic Finger Lickin’ Good Barbecue Sides

I don’t know what it’s about sides with mayo based mostly dressings, however they only go so effectively with something glazed with barbecue sauce!

My picks: steamed corn, our greatest No Mayo Coleslaw, Green Bean Salad with Cherry Tomato Fetacornbread (for mopping).

Elegant sides, effective eating model

My picks for a fancy plate: Potato Gratin Stacks, Garlic Sautéed Spinach, Garlic Mushrooms.

Whichever method you go, it will likely be successful. I do know it, you understand it! – Nagi x

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Beef Ribs in barbecue sauce on a plate with coleslaw and corn

Beef Ribs with Barbecue Sauce – sluggish cooked quick ribs!


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Recipe video above. Extraordinarily fingers off, foolproof option to prepare dinner beef ribs – sluggish cooked within the oven in a do-it-yourself BBQ Sauce braising liquid till the meat is crumble and ridiculously juicy inside, and the skin is bronzed and sticky. BONUS: this all occurs in a single pan, it is 100% excellent for make forward and freezing, and makes its personal barbecue sauce (and it may be the very best you ever have in your life as a result of it is made with the rib juices!).


  • Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F (all oven sorts).

  • Combine Rub in a small bowl massive, sufficient to suit one rib.

  • Press beef ribs into the rub, coating all sides. Shake off extra.

  • Combine Barbecue Sauce elements, besides water, in a baking pan. Then combine in water.

  • Place ribs in sauce, turning to coat. Prepare meat facet down within the sauce, bone facet uncovered (sauce will not cowl utterly, that is okay).

  • Cowl tightly with foil or lid, bake Three half of hours.

  • Take away from oven, take away foil. Flip ribs (some might have fall over, that is okay, simply flip them). Spoon over sauce.

  • Bake 30 minutes uncovered, spooning over sauce once more midway by, till floor is caramelised and sticky. Examine to make sure ribs are tender – pry a bit aside utilizing two forks. (If not, cowl and return to oven, however after four hrs they definitely ought to be!)

  • Take away ribs onto serving plate (use a spoon as meat will barely be hooked up to bone, if in any respect). Combine sauce to carry collectively (Word Three on changes). Serve with ribs!


  • Share platter (rustic!): Serve ribs on a platter for folks to assist themselves with some sauce on it, and a few sauce on the facet for folks to assist themselves.

  • Particular person posh restaurant model: place rib on plate, spoon over sauce (see be aware about straining choice). Garnish.

  • See in submit for facet choices (each rustic and posh!).

Recipe Notes:

1. Beef Ribs – is available in quite a lot of cuts. For this recipe, you need the chunky rectangle block reduce, usually known as Beef Brief Ribs. See picture in submit. They arrive reduce in particular person bones and are very meaty.
They shrink about 30% so attempt to get massive meaty ones. However in case you can solely get small ones ~250g/8oz, that is nonetheless okay!
Beef ribs racks (much less meaty, bones not separated) – use wherever between 1.5 – 2.5kg / Three- 5lb (this recipe requires a minimal quantity of braising liquid and it makes tons of sauce, greater than wanted for the meat ribs). Oven time will fluctuate relying on meatiness, however for common racks, I would say 2.5 hrs lined, 30 min uncovered (however examine at 1.5 hrs). Chances are you’ll have to scale up the Rub barely (extra floor space)
ALTERNATIVE MEATS: Beef cheeks (simply 2kg/4lb, beef chuck reduce into baseball measurement chunks (2kg/4lb). For each these, examine at 2 hrs, complete oven time ~Three hrs. For brisket, use the Barbecue Beef Brisket recipe. For pork ribs, use this recipe and for hen, use this recipe.
DO NOT purchase beef ribs that are available a vac pack the place the elements label has salt or some other ingredient aside from beef (these are brined in order that they’re salty, so this may come out too salty). In the event you’re desperateand brined beef is all you will get, depart a remark beneath and I am going to let you know how one can alter the recipe.
2. Ingredient subs:

  • Mustard powder – dijon or yellow mustard
  • Cider vinegar – white wine vinegar, sherry or Champagne vinegar OR 1/Three cup regular white vinegar.

If subbing recent garlic or mustard unfold within the rub, then rub these moist elements on first earlier than urgent into dry rub.
Three. Sauce changes – within the excellent world (like within the video!), it’s the excellent thickness for serving straight out of the oven. In actuality, ovens fluctuate, roasting pan warmth retentions fluctuate, rib sizes fluctuate, therefore evaporation fee varies. If want be, add a splash of boiling water to skinny out. If too skinny (doubt it), pop again into oven. Style and add salt if wanted, or successful of scorching sauce if you would like extra spice.
Thickness selections: pourable (per video), thicker (like BBQ sauce from squeeze bottles), dolloping (spoon) OR pressure it for silky clean for VIP (non-compulsory!). The sauce has very intense flavours so even when thinned to be fairly pourable, you’ll not dilute flavour. 
four. Different prepare dinner strategies:

  • Range – 2.5 hours on low simmer, lid on (deal with with care when eradicating)
  • Sluggish cooker – eight hrs on low, 5 hrs on excessive, then switch to oven to caramelise 30 min uncovered, per recipe.
  • Strain cooker – 1 hr on excessive, comply with sluggish cooker instructions above. Depressurise naturally for 10 min, then launch valve. 
  • Instantaneous Pot – Observe sluggish cooker instructions above however do the searing in your Instantaneous Pot. Cook dinner utilizing sluggish cooker or strain cooker perform utilizing above instances. 

End on GRILL! This is a wonderful wow-factor grilling recipe. Cook dinner it per recipe totally lined till it is crumble tender (examine with 2 forks). Then spoon over sauce, hold lined and switch beef right into a container, and sauce in one other ie. don’t do the uncovered roasting step. As soon as totally cool, refrigerate. On the day of, microwave beef to warmth by – we solely grill to caramelise the skin and get refined smokey flavour. Baste with warmed sauce, then grill Three minutes on all sides on medium, basting tons, till you get a wickedly good caramelised sauce with charred bits. SO GOOD!
5. Meat will likely be actually falling off the bone so do not count on the meat to be clinging to the bone as soon as meat is tender. In fancy eating places, they generally reconstruct it so it appears to be like prefer it’s nonetheless hooked up, nevertheless it’s not. If meat is tender, it can’t be hooked up to bone!
6. Storage – will get higher with time, glorious low-effort make forward choice. Cool, refrigerate in sauce (or separate sauce in case you strained it for posh-style). Retains 5 days in fridge. The both reheat in microwave (I do that, for many moist steamy final result), or oven (180°C/350°F lined for 20 min till meat is scorching and tender all through, then uncovered to recaramelise floor if wanted, I discover it is not required).
Freezer – Three months in hermetic container. Thaw then reheat utilizing one among above choices (don’t attempt to microwave or warmth from frozen). It freezes 100% completely.
7. Diet per beef rib, assuming all sauce is consumed (there’ll seemingly be sauce leftover. See in submit for what to do with it 🙂 )

Diet Info:

Energy: 538kcal (27%)Carbohydrates: 38g (13%)Protein: 43g (86%)Fats: 23g (35%)Saturated Fats: 10g (63%)Ldl cholesterol: 129mg (43%)Sodium: 1114mg (48%)Potassium: 1045mg (30%)Fiber: 1g (four%)Sugar: 33g (37%)Vitamin A: 433IU (9%)Vitamin C: Threemg (four%)Calcium: 50mg (5%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

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