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Sweet & Tender Beef Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/2 hours Broil: 5 min.


5 servings

Wondering if this beef ribs recipe tastes as good as it looks? The answer is yes! These satisfying ribs live up to every tasty bit of their name. —Heather Bates, Athens, Main
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  • 5 pounds beef back ribs
  • 1-1/2 cups maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cut ribs into serving size portions. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until tender.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 10-15 minutes or until thickened. Drain ribs; place on a broiler pan. Brush with some of the barbecue sauce. Broil 4-5 in. from the heat for 5-10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Serve with remaining sauce.

Sweet & Tender Beef Ribs Tips

Are beef ribs and short ribs the same?

No. While both are beef, short ribs are taken from the lower section of rib called the plate rib, just beneath the ribeye area. Beef back ribs are higher up and are the ribs you would find in a prime rib roast. You'll find most of the meat between the bones. Learn more about the best cuts of meat.

Do I bake ribs meat side up or down?

An important thing to know when you're learning how to cook beef ribs is that cooking beef ribs with the meat-side down lets the fat drippings keep the meat moist. Turn the ribs meat-side up when it’s time to add sauce.

Why are my beef ribs tough?

If your beef ribs have dried out, they could get a little tough. Cooking meat-side up will solve this problem. As all home ovens are a little different, they might need a little more time to become tender. If that’s the case, another 8 to 10 minutes should do the trick. These delicious Three-Bean Baked Beans cook at the same temperature and go great with tender beef ribs. Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 1269 calories, 73g fat (30g saturated fat), 223mg cholesterol, 401mg sodium, 91g carbohydrate (78g sugars, 0 fiber), 37g protein.

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