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BBQ Shortribs

These BBQ Short Ribs are the perfect way to get all that smoky bbq flavor without having to fire up the grill. They’re a meaty meal that’ll make any bbq lover happy.

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BBQ Shortribs

These BBQ Shortribs are a great way to get all that smoky BBQ flavor you love, just without having to go out and brave the cold to fire up the grill.

I love BBQ flavors. Like, gimme all the BBQ sauce stat. All of it. Especially if it’s on Shortribs. Ohmyyes yum.

You guys, these Shortribs. I mean, really. You can’t get better than these babies.

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They’re smothered in a quick homemade sauce with some fabulous liquid smoke and then cooked low and slow to complete and utter deliciousness.

These BBQ Shortribs will win the heart of any BBQ lovin’ fool, (like me). I served mine with a quick homemade broccoli salad and some mashed potatoes.

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The sauce that these Shortribs are cooked on needs to be drizzled on whatever you serve them with. It’s that good. And if skip drizzling it on anything and just spoon it right into your mouth, I won’t know so I won’t be able to tell 😉

I used Stubb’s liquid smoke in the sauce and it gives such a good smoky flavor. If you skip it, you’ll lose a little bit of that depth of flavor. So don’t skip it!

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These Shortribs are great for tailgaiting or parties because they have such a long cooking time. You can cook them early and keep them warm until serving, you can serve them immediately, or you can even cook them a day ahead and just reheat them in the oven in the sauce or throw them on the grill because you can’t get enough of the flames. You’ve got options, kids. And options are always a win. Enjoy!

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BBQ Shortribs

4.37 from 44 ratings
These BBQ Short Ribs are the perfect way to get all that smoky bbq flavor without having to fire up the grill. They’re a meaty meal that’ll make any bbq lover happy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
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  • 4.5 lb beef short ribs
  • salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • 2/3 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 C ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • fresh parsley for serving


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Season the short ribs with salt and pepper and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, vinegar, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Stir until combined and pour over the short ribs, coating them completely.
  • Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees for 2.5 hours. After the 2.5 hours, remove the foil, baste the short ribs with the pan sauce and bake for an additional 30 minutes to caramelize the ribs. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.


Adapted from Food Network.


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  1. Basia Prokop says:

    This recipe is a keeper. The meat was sooooo tender and the sauce was so tasty, I think the liquid smoke is the trick. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Véronique Cartier says:

    Sharon, what can I say? It looks amazing! And since summer is not going to happen where I live, it’s the perfect solution! Thank-you!

  3. Totally in love with all things involving short ribs! These sound incredible!

  4. These look insanely delicious! I have always wanted to make short ribs and love the liquid smoke…they are calling my name!

  5. 5 stars
    These look finger lickin’ good Sharon! I love me some BBQ ribs. And all my boys would flip for these. Perfect winter meal!

  6. Wow! It’s 9 am and I’m craving shortribs now!

  7. Beth says:

    Liquid smoke? AWESOME!!!! I’m ready for some bbq!

  8. These are so beautiful! And classic!

  9. There is nothing better than melt-in-your-mouth perfectly cooked shortribs and these look amazing! I love the flavors going on in here too!

  10. I’m a sucker for a good short rib. These look amazing.

  11. I have always loved short ribs but almost every time I make them I do it with an Asian flair. I love this simple bbq style. Also it’s 8;35am here and now I’m craving ribs…haha.

  12. I can actually taste it off my screen- The key to the perfect ribs is the marinade and you’ve nailed it- Yum!!!!

  13. These look great, Sharon! I absolutely love short ribs! And I have some liquid smoke! I’m going to see if I can get some short ribs now at the Farmer’s Market this weekend…there is an organic beef farm there. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    These barbecue short ribs are definitely calling my name! Looks perfectly delicious!