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Grilled Short Ribs

By Becky Low, Dairy Farmers of Utah
Tender, "fall off the bone" ribs just the way Dad likes them. Fire up the grill for this special Father's Day recipe.

Tender Grilled Beef Short Ribs


  • 3-4 pounds beef short ribs
  • 3-4 tablespoons rub seasoning (see recipe below)
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1-2 handfuls Hickory wood chips for smoking, optional
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce of choice


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Trim excess fat and membrane from short ribs. Optional - rub generously with seasoning of choice (or use recipe below). Place ribs in roasting bag, twist tie top; place bag on baking sheet with sides or in roasting (may place in 9x13 pan and wrap tightly with foil – or use a roasting pan with tight lid). Roast 2-3 hours. If ribs are to be grilled later, immediately cool in juices and refrigerate.

When ready to Grill:

Optional use of wood chips: Soak wood chips at least 30-60 minutes in water. Place a handful drained chips in a smoker box; or a disposable aluminum pan; or place on a square of foil and fold chips into a pouch. Poke several holes in top of foil or in foil pouch to allow smoke to escape.

Place barbecue sauce in measure cup or small bowl; add juice from the meat to thin sauce to desired consistency and add flavor.

Heat grill, place wood chips directly on heat. Cover with grill grates. When chips begin to smoke, place ribs on grill directly over wood chips, reduce heat to medium/low on gas grill; brush ribs with thinned barbecue sauce, grill 7-10 minutes; turn ribs, brush with barbecue sauce and grill 5-7 more minutes. Place ribs on serving plate, brush with more sauce and serve.

Notes: Short ribs have a lot of tough connective tissue which requires slow low cooking. By pre-cooking ribs in the oven or crockpot prior to placing on the grill you achieve the best of both worlds – tender and flavor! Ribs maybe pre-cooked 2-3 days before grilling.

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  • Rub is optional. Use your favorite commercial product or try homemade recipe below.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

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