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The Best Hawaiian Short Rib Recipe

This Hawaiian short rib recipe is absolutely delicious and one of my favorite things to cook on the grill. The teriyaki and pineapple marinade gives these Hawaiian style ribs the perfect sweet and savory flavor.

Hawaiian short ribs recipe on a plate with ginger, pineapple, and a bowl of rice on the side.

The whole family loves these Hawaiian ribs because they take us all back to our love for Maui and the street food there. Today’s recipe is one that we now make at backyard BBQs and family gatherings all the time.

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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.

Hawaiian short ribs recipe on a plate with a bowl of rice on the side.

One of our favorite places to stop for food when visiting the island, is on the road to Hana. There is a local road side food stand that serves the most tasty Maui ribs, cooked over an open fire rotisserie in the back of a trailer on the side of the road. You know the one??

We always stop there for a Hawaiian plate lunch of ribs and BBQ chicken served over a few scoops of rice. Coming home, we miss these amazing asian Hawaiian short ribs!

Hawaiian short ribs recipe.

In an effort to enjoy our favorite Hawaiian food at home, we’ve been exploring easy recipes that remind us of island living. The marinade that we’ve developed for these short ribs is nothing short of fantastic!

A combination of fresh pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger makes for the best Maui rib marinade!

Hawaiian short ribs recipe on a plate with ginger, and grilled pineapple on the side.

Maui Short Ribs:

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Supplies:

The ingredients to make Hawaiian short ribs.

Ingredients:

  • 12 short ribs (about 1lb), raw and defrosted
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
The process to make marinade for Hawaiian short ribs.
Adding pineapple juice to the marinade for Hawaiian short ribs.

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the marinade ingredients (excluding water).

Ribs sitting in a large casserole dish.

2. Pat the racks of ribs dry with paper towel and place them in a casserole dish.

The marinade is poured over the ribs in a casserole dish.

3. Cover the ribs with the marinade.

Hawaiian Short Ribs Process

4. Top with cold water so that the ribs are completely covered in marinade.

5. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is better.

Hawaiian short ribs are marinading.

6. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F.

7. Drain the marinade from the ribs and toss excess marinade.

Hawaiian short ribs are on the grill.

8. Place the ribs on the grill grate.

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

Hawaiian short ribs recipe on a plate served with grilled pineapple and rice.

Serve with white rice and grilled pineapple. Garnish with green onions, white sesame seeds or parsley.

A plate with Hawaiian short ribs.

This recipe makes 12 short ribs which is enough for a family of four or two hungry adults. If you love hawaiian recipes like we do this is sure to become a family favorite!

Hawaiian short ribs with grilled pineapple and rice.

Looking for more short rib recipes? Be sure to check out these delicious Korean short ribs or these tasty smoked short ribs.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH HAWAIIAN RIBS:

  • Potato salad, grilled corn salad or macaroni salad.
  • This Huli Huli chicken brings another taste of the islands.
  • Grilled pineapple is a must make! The main reason that the kids love this cook is for the grilled pineapple.
Hawaiian short ribs on a plate.

RIB COOKING TIPS:

  • Be sure that the internal temperature of the ribs comes to 190 degrees F.
  • The longer the marinating time, the more flavourful the ribs!
  • Cover leftover ribs in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container to store in the fridge for a few days.
  • Use a meat thermometer if possible as a thin cut of beef will take less time to cook than a thick piece of meat.
  • These ribs may be cooked over a gas grill or charcoal grill.
Grilled pineapple on the side of the Hawaiian short ribs.
The best Hawaiian short ribs.

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Happy cooking!

Hawaiian Short Ribs Recipe

The Best Hawaiian Short Ribs

This Hawaiian short ribs recipe is absolutely delicious and one of my favorite things to cook on the grill. The teriyaki and pineapple marinade gives these Hawaiian style ribs the perfect sweet and savory flavor.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 21 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 12 short ribs
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Ingredients

  • 12 short ribs about 1lb, raw and defrosted
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp ginger minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the marinade ingredients (excluding water).
  • Pat the short ribs dry with paper towel and place them in a casserole dish.
  • Cover the ribs with the marinade.
  • Top with cold water so that the ribs are completely covered in marinade.
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is better.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F.
  • Drain the marinade from the ribs and toss excess marinade.
  • Place the ribs on the grill grate.
  • Cook for 3-4 mins per side for a total cook time of 6-8 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1033kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 255mg | Sodium: 2212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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