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Barbecued Beef Short Ribs

For a real straight-from-the-chuckwagon beef meal, you can't rope a better recipe than this! This is the recipe I rely on when feeding a hungry group. The wonderfully tangy sauce is lip-smacking good.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 3 to 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Hot cooked noodles


  • In Dutch oven, brown ribs in oil. Add 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours; drain.
  • Combine the tomato paste, ketchup, garlic, brown sugar, onion, vinegar, mustard, salt and remaining water. Pour over ribs; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Serve with noodles.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 373 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 1187mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • JMC123456789
    May 21, 2014

    Easy and delicious! Used boneless as that was what was on sale. Hubby loved the sauce and said it was a keeper! Great over the noodles too!

  • Aquarelle
    Jun 4, 2010

    Another comment on this recipe: the meat department at my regular supermarket was out of short ribs one day, and one of the butchers suggested that I buy a cross rib roast and cut it against the grain into pieces the size of regular boneless short ribs and proceed with my recipe. It turned out great and was much less expensive than short ribs.

  • bbrain
    Mar 27, 2010

    Excellent, melt in the mouth meat and very good sauce. My brother thinks it's the best he's ever eaten. If I could give it 10 stars, I would. THANKS !

  • clericalrose
    May 7, 2008

    Made these wonderful ribs and I have to say my family was completely beside themselves.We do not have short ribs often here for they are very expensive but I made them for a special day. My son is still asking me when I will make them again.

  • Aquarelle
    Mar 16, 2008

    These are really easy to make, and are delicious as well! Bone-in beef short ribs are not generally available at my local grocery store, but I've substituted the boneless variety with no problem. This has become one of my standby recipes for when the meat-and-potatoes relatives are staying for supper.

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    Mar 16, 2008

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