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How To Grill Beef Short Ribs

Get ready to sink your teeth into juicy, flavorful ribs with this ultimate guide on how to grill ribs like a pro. Learn the best tips and tricks!

Grilled beef short ribs with grilled pineapples on a wooden surface.

These delicious beef ribs are grilled until bone tender and make an incredible meal for a special occasion. The best part about this simple recipe is that it requires very little effort to prepare.

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Because of its simplicity, this short ribs recipe is also ideal for those of you who are making ribs for the first time. You will be amazed at how easy this is!

Grilled short ribs on a wooden surface.

What are Beef Short Ribs?

Short ribs are a cut of meat taken from the rib area of beef cattle. They can be cut in a cross section in short portions of various thickness.

Grilled short ribs with grilled pineapples on a wooden surface.

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Supplies:

Raw short ribs in a package.

How to grill short ribs:

Ingredients:

  • 12 short ribs (about 1 lb), raw and defrosted
  • 2 cups marinade of choice*
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce of choice**

*We love to use this homemade rib marinade recipe – it makes the most amazing ribs! You’ll need soy sauce, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, minced garlic, sesame oil, and black pepper.

**This is the best homemade BBQ sauce recipe to use! 

Short ribs are marinated in a white casserole dish.

Directions: 

1. Place ribs in a casserole dish and cover with marinade.

2. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but I recommend leaving them overnight for best results.

3. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F.

4. Drain the marinade from the ribs.

Short ribs are cooking on a grill.

5. Transfer ribs on to the grill grate, leaving room for heat circulation, and baste with bbq sauce (optional).

Racks of short ribs are cooking on a grill.

6. Cook for 3-4 mins per side for a total cook time of 6-8 minutes.

Short ribs are cooking on a grill.

Rib Cooking Tips & Tricks:

  • Ensure your meat is thoroughly cooked with the use of a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of the ribs should reach 190 degrees F.
  • Cover leftover ribs in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container to store in the fridge for a few days.
  • Try our smoked ribs on a Traeger pellet grill and coat the ribs with our favorite dry rub.
  • Using a sharp knife is very important when working in the kitchen. Not only is a blunt knife more difficult to use, it can also be more dangerous.
  • Though we love using our Traeger to make these short ribs, they can also be made using a gas grill, charcoal grill, in the oven, or in a slow cooker.
  • The key to really tender meat is cooking it low and slow. The long cook time allows the connective tissue in tough cuts of meat to break down. Marinating your meat also helps this process along.
  • This recipe can be made with pork ribs, spare ribs, and flanken style ribs too. Whatever cut of meat you are using, be sure the internal temperature reaches the recommended temperature for food safety.
Grilled short ribs on a wooden surface.

We are always playing around with ingredients and recipes! Here are a few of the things that I like to have on hand for experimenting on the grill.

Substitute Ingredients:

  • Beef stock
  • Tomato paste
  • Hot sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Liquid smoke
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
Grilled short ribs with grilled pineapples on a wooden surface.

Create a complete meal for the family with a few of these delicious side dishes!

What to serve with grilled ribs:

Grilled short ribs on a wooden surface with grilled pineapples.

This grilling method for making ribs is so quick and easy! You are going to love the results.

Grilled short ribs on a wooden surface  with grilled pineapples.

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How to Grill Short Ribs

How to Grill Short Ribs

Get ready to sink your teeth into juicy, flavorful ribs with this ultimate guide on how to grill ribs like a pro. Learn the best tips and tricks!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 12
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Ingredients

  • 12 short ribs about 1 lb, raw and defrosted
  • 2 cups marinade of choice*
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce of choice**

Instructions

  • 1. Place ribs in a casserole dish and cover with marinade.
  • 2. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but I recommend leaving them overnight for best results.
  • 3. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F.
  • 4. Drain the marinade from the ribs.
  • 5. Transfer ribs on to the grill grate, leaving room for heat circulation, and baste with bbq sauce (optional).
  • 6. Cook for 3-4 mins per side for a total cook time of 6-8 minutes.

Notes

*We love to use this homemade rib marinade recipe – it makes the most amazing ribs! You'll need soy sauce, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, minced garlic, sesame oil, and black pepper.
**This is the best homemade BBQ sauce recipe to use! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1010mg | Sugar: 7g
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Hello! Your homemade rib marinade recipe links to a dry rub recipe. What is the marinade recipe? Thanks!