Tender and Delicious Beef Ribs in Homemade BBQ Sauce

If you’re a fan of melt-in-your-mouth meat that is absolutely bursting with flavor, then you’re in for a treat with our slow-cooked beef ribs in homemade BBQ sauce. This foolproof recipe guarantees fall-apart tender short ribs that are bronzed and sticky on the outside and ridiculously juicy on the inside. Plus, it all happens in one pan, making it perfect for make-ahead meals and freezing. Trust us, this might be the best barbecue sauce you’ll ever have in your life!

Beef Short Ribs

The King of Slow Cooking

Beef ribs are the ultimate cut for slow cooking, even juicier than brisket and chuck. The bone adds an irresistible appeal to fall-apart meat that will have you coming back for more. Whether you’re a seasoned beef rib enthusiast or a newbie to this tasty cut, our recipe is the perfect introduction to the world of beef ribs. The sweet-savory flavor of our BBQ sauce perfectly complements the rich beefy taste of the ribs, creating a match made in culinary heaven.

Fork picking up beef short ribs meat

The Perfect BBQ Rub

To enhance the flavor of our beef ribs, we use a tantalizing rub that adds a savory and aromatic touch. Here’s what you’ll need for the rub:

Spice Rub for BBQ Beef Ribs

  • Beef Ribs: We recommend using the most common cut of beef short ribs, which are chunky rectangle blocks with individual bones. Look for big, meaty ribs, but smaller ones will work too.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness. You can substitute with white sugar if needed.
  • Garlic Powder: For a rich garlic flavor, or use minced garlic as a substitute.
  • Onion Powder: If you don’t have onion powder, garlic powder will work just as well.
  • Mustard Powder: Adds a tangy kick, and dijon or standard mustard can be used as a substitute.
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Feel free to get creative with your rub and adjust the ingredients according to your taste preferences. Just remember to rub those wet ingredients on first before pressing them into the dry rub.

Raw beef short ribs with BBQ rub

The Homemade BBQ Sauce Braising Liquid

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show: our homemade BBQ sauce. It not only adds incredible flavor to the beef ribs but also serves as the braising liquid during cooking. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients in barbecue sauce for BBQ Beef Ribs

  • Ketchup: The primary flavor base for our BBQ sauce. Substitute with Aussie Tomato Sauce if desired.
  • Cider Vinegar: Adds a tangy element. White wine vinegar, sherry, or Champagne vinegar are suitable substitutes.
  • Brown Sugar: Delivers a hint of sweetness. Adjust according to your taste.
  • Garlic and Onion Powder: Enhances the overall flavor.
  • Mustard Powder: Adds a savory kick. Dijon or yellow mustard can be used as substitutes.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Provides a savory element. Soy sauce is an acceptable alternative.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Adds a gentle warmth. Adjust according to your desired level of spiciness.

These ingredients combine to create a mouthwatering BBQ sauce that infuses the meat with incredible flavor as it slow cooks.

Cooking the Perfect Beef Ribs

Our recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply place everything in a pan and slow cook it in a moderate oven until the meat becomes tender and succulent. The beauty is that there’s a generous cooking window, so even if you accidentally leave it in for longer than intended, the meat will still be juicy and delicious. Take a look at the beautiful barbecue sauce that forms as the rib juices mix together:

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Spoon scooping up BBQ sauce for beef ribs

Pro Tip: For a silky-smooth sauce, strain it before serving. This adds a touch of elegance to your dish and ensures a flawless dining experience.

Grilling Option

While we recommend cooking these beef ribs in the oven for convenience, you can also finish them on the grill for added flavor and caramelization. Instructions for grilling can be found in the recipe.

Beef Ribs in barbecue sauce fresh out of the oven
Showing how tender the beef short ribs meat is

Sides That Complete the Experience

To complete your BBQ beef rib feast, we have two serving suggestions for you:

Rustic Finger Lickin’ Good Barbecue Sides

There’s something about mayo-based dressings that perfectly complements anything glazed with barbecue sauce. Our top picks for rustic sides include:

  • Steamed corn
  • No Mayo Coleslaw
  • Green Bean Salad with Cherry Tomato Feta
  • Cornbread (for mopping)

Elegant Sides, Fine Dining Style

For a more sophisticated dining experience, you can pair your beef ribs with these elegant sides:

  • Potato Gratin Stacks
  • Garlic Sautéed Spinach
  • Garlic Mushrooms

No matter which direction you choose, these beef ribs are guaranteed to impress. Trust us, they’re a hit waiting to happen!

A Final Word

Now that you have all the secrets to cooking tender and flavorful beef ribs in homemade BBQ sauce, it’s time to give it a try. Don’t be intimidated – this recipe is foolproof and will have you savoring the most incredible beef ribs you’ve ever tasted. Get ready to impress your friends and family with this mouthwatering dish that will leave everyone begging for more.

So fire up that oven or grill, grab your apron, and let’s get cooking! For more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy cooking!

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