Sweet and Spicy Barbecued Short Ribs Recipe
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Sweet and Spicy Barbecued Short Ribs Recipe

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Paula Zsiray's sweet-spicy barbecue ribs are always a hit. "The sauce is also very good on pork ribs," adds Paula, who lives in Logan, Utah.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Bake: 2 hours 10 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Bake: 2 hours 10 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 7 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 432 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1785 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; rub over ribs. Place in two large resealable plastic bags; seal and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Line two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans with foil; grease the foil. Place ribs in prepared pans. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in the water, ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Remove ribs from the oven. Grill ribs, covered, over indirect medium heat for 20 minutes, turning and basting frequently with sauce. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Beef Short Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2004, p9

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"I am VERY fussy about ribs. They are better then I thought they would be. But they are not perfect to me. BUT!! My fussy kids and wife loved them. The prep time is long for me. Mix first 7 ingredients together the night before, rub on then sit overnight. Then next day put them in the oven for 2 hours and cook the sauce for an hour. The recipe is simple enough but calls for a lot of commited time for most families. Then grill for 20 minutes basting constantly!! I used oak wood heat for 20 minutes and got a great mellow smoke flavor. Don't get me wrong these ribs are good, especially for kids and others who like very mild sauce. I gave it a 4 because of the time spent you could make better ribs. The ribs are very tender and juicy. Hope this helps."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"I made this a while ago using short ribs and was on here trying to find this recipe for pork baby back ribs for dinner tomorrow. I am so glad I found it! It's one of those recipes you remember! The rub was outstanding and so simple."

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