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Slow-Baked BBQ Short Ribs – Once Upon a Chef

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For an easy dinner that pleases kids and adults alike, try these short ribs baked in barbecue sauce.

For easy, family-pleasing comfort food, you can’t beat meltingly tender short ribs in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Inspired by Sunny Anderson’s BBQ short ribs, this simple recipe requires just 15 minutes of hands-on prep, and then the oven does the rest. Unlike many roast or stew recipes, it’s not necessary to sear the meat first. Instead, you season the short ribs with salt and pepper and slather them with a quick homemade BBQ sauce – a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and seasoning. Then you put the dish in the oven to bake for 3 hours, go about your day, and let deliciousness ensue. Serve with mashed potatoes or cornbread and a roasted vegetable.

What You’ll Need To Make Slow-Baked BBQ Short Ribs

short ribs ingredients

Count on about one pound of boneless short ribs per person. I know it seems like a lot but they shrink significantly while cooking, and people tend to eat generous portions. If you can only find bone-in short ribs, they will work but may take a bit longer to cook.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by cutting the short ribs in half and seasoning them with salt and pepper. Place them in a 9×13-inch baking dish.

seasoned short ribs on cutting boardNext, make the homemade BBQ sauce by combining the ketchup, dark brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and spices in a small bowl.

bbq sauce ingredients in bowl

Whisk to combine.

bbq sauce in bowl

Slather about 2/3 of the sauce all over the meat, and reserve the rest for the finished dish.

short ribs slathered with sauce

Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake at 300°F for about 2-1/2 hours.

Remove the foil, pour off some of the cooking liquid and cook for 30 minutes more, or until the meat is tender and browned.

baked short ribs

Transfer the meat to a platter, leaving the cooking liquid behind, and slather with the reserved BBQ sauce.

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Slow-Baked BBQ Short Ribs

For an easy dinner that pleases kids and adults alike, try these short ribs baked in barbecue sauce.

Ingredients

For the Ribs

  • 4 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 4-inch long pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

For the BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Season the ribs all over with salt and pepper, then arrange in a 9×13-inch baking dish (it will be a tight squeeze).
  3. Combine all of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce in a small bowl and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour ⅓ of the sauce (about ½ cup) over the ribs. Using tongs, flip the ribs over and spoon another ⅓ of the sauce over top. Reserve the remaining BBQ sauce to spoon over the cooked ribs. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast for 2½ hours. Remove the foil and, if the cooking liquid is covering the meat, use a large spoon or ladle to remove some of the liquid so that the tops are exposed. (Note: the meat will look unappetizing at this stage; don’t worry, it will look much better once it’s done!) Cook for 30 minutes more, uncovered, until the meat is tender and browned. Cut off any excess fat that remains around the short ribs. Transfer the short ribs to a serving platter. Discard the cooking liquid, as it will be very greasy. Slather the reserved BBQ sauce over the short ribs and serve.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The ribs can be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat them tightly covered with foil in a 300°F oven until heated through.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 1,320
  • Fat: 87g
  • Saturated fat: 37g
  • Carbohydrates: 59g
  • Sugar: 54g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 80g
  • Sodium: 2327mg
  • Cholesterol: 331mg

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