The Ultimate Slow Baked Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Truly the best way to make boneless, fork-tender, fall-apart beef short ribs. These Slow Baked Boneless Beef Short Ribs will melt in your mouth with a luscious gravy that just begs for creamy mashed potatoes!

Sundays are meant to be lazy, a day to unwind and relax. Unfortunately, finding time for myself is a luxury I rarely have. Being occupied with two full-time jobs leaves little room for downtime. People often ask me, “How do you do it? Just listening to what you do makes me tired! Where do you get the energy???”

Ever since I made a conscious decision to lead a healthier lifestyle, incorporating a better eating plan, exercise, and a more positive outlook, things started to change. I have always worked long hours, a result of my upbringing. Growing up poor, I learned that if I wanted my life to improve, I had to take matters into my own hands. My parents instilled in me the value of doing my best in everything I undertake, and that has become my life’s mantra.

The Best Boneless Beef Short Ribs

When it comes to boneless beef short ribs, Costco is the place to go. They have the most amazing cuts that you won’t find anywhere else. I prefer boneless as I want all meat, no bone. Surprisingly, bone-in and boneless short ribs are priced the same, although 5 pounds of boneless beef short ribs don’t yield the same amount of meat as 5 pounds of bone-in beef short ribs.

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In this recipe, I use boneless English short ribs, which are meatier and more flavorful. The English cut is where the short rib is separated from the bone, leaving a thick piece of meat on top. The Flanken cut, on the other hand, is a thin cut across the bones, with alternating layers of meat and bone. I find the English cut more satisfying as it gives me more meat to enjoy.

Slow Baked BBQ Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Making these Slow Baked Boneless Beef Short Ribs

To achieve the most tender and flavorful beef short ribs, I prefer slow baking them in the oven. While I love the convenience of an Instant Pot, the slow bake method brings out a depth of flavor that is hard to replicate.

Here’s how to make these mouthwatering ribs:

  1. Mix together ketchup, liquid smoke, brown sugar, minced onion, garlic powder, and your favorite BBQ sauce until thick and bubbly.
  2. Season the ribs and place them in a large baking dish.
  3. Pour some of the sauce over the ribs, cover with foil, and roast for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Remove the foil, flip the ribs, add more sauce, and cook uncovered for another 30 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.

These ribs are so easy to prepare. Just pop them in the oven, cover them with BBQ sauce, and let them slow bake while you take a well-deserved nap.

The aroma that fills your house as these ribs cook is simply captivating! Once they are done, remove them from the oven and plate them. Brush them with some reserved BBQ sauce, and pour the pan drippings into a fat-separating container for later use.

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The sauce can be further thickened with some additional BBQ sauce and cornstarch. You don’t want any of those incredible flavors to go to waste! Serve the ribs with perfect mashed potatoes, rolls, and a refreshing Caesar salad.

When my partner came home and caught a whiff of the mouthwatering scent, his face immediately lit up. It was such a heartwarming sight! Dinner turned out to be a resounding success, and I felt refreshed and content. It was a truly memorable Sunday, one that I hope to experience more often.

Crock Pot Instructions

For those who prefer to use a crock pot, this recipe can easily be adapted. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Prepare the sauce as instructed.
  2. Let the beef short ribs come to room temperature and season them with salt and pepper. Sear them in a heated skillet on all sides for about 2-4 minutes per side.
  3. Place the seared ribs in the crock pot and pour the sauce over them.
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until the meat is fork-tender.
  5. To thicken the sauce, carefully remove the meat from the crock pot and strain the sauce using steps 14-16.

Enjoy the convenience of the crock pot without sacrificing flavor and tenderness!

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