BBQ Grilled Flanken Short Ribs: The Perfect Summer Appetizer

Summer barbecues and parties are incomplete without a finger-licking appetizer. If you’re looking for a quick and delicious dish that will leave your guests craving for more, then look no further than this BBQ Grilled Flanken Short Ribs appetizer. In just a matter of minutes, you can mix the sauce, grill the flanken ribs, and serve up a crowd-pleasing treat that everyone will love.

white platter with bbq grilled flanken ribs appetizer

I first discovered flanken ribs during a visit to the Certified Angus Beef culinary center. The talented chefs there cooked up a storm, and I learned so much from the experience. Those memories still bring a smile to my face. Recently, I found flanken ribs at my local Costco and decided to whip up this easy BBQ Grilled Flanken Short Ribs appetizer as a tasty prelude to the upcoming summer parties. Trust me, it’s a breeze to prepare! These thin and long ribs can be easily cut into bite-sized pieces, making them a fuss-free and delectable treat.

The secret to this recipe lies in the flavor-packed sauce. It’s a simple concoction of store-bought barbecue sauce with a personal touch. What could be easier?

What Makes Flanken Style Short Ribs Special?

Flanken style short ribs, also known as Korean-style short ribs, are thinly cut beef ribs. Their unique cross-cut structure with circular bones makes them easy to handle and devour. They’re typically grilled for a few minutes on each side, with the option of marinating them for added tenderness. However, in this recipe, we’re sticking to a sauce that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and cook.

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bbq sauce ingredients - bbq sauce, hot sauce and apricot jam

Ingredients You’ll Need

To make this appetizer, you’ll only require four simple ingredients:

  • Beef Flanken Short Ribs: You can find these at your local Costco or ask the butcher if they have any. They’ll gladly help you out.
  • Barbecue Sauce: I used Aldi’s Memphis-style sauce because it perfectly complements the hot sauce and preserves. However, feel free to experiment with your favorite brand.
  • Hot Sauce: Aldi’s brand works well, but you can use any hot sauce you prefer, such as Frank’s Red Hot or tobacco sauce.
  • Apricot Preserves: Personally, I love the apricot flavor, but you can substitute it with peach preserves or orange marmalade.

How to Grill BBQ Flanken Short Ribs

Now, let’s walk through the simple steps to get your BBQ Grilled Flanken Short Ribs ready:

Step 1: Depending on the size of your ribs, cut them into smaller pieces. This way, they’ll be easy to hold. I usually cut mine in half, resulting in 3-4 rib bones per piece.

white platter with raw flanken ribs cut in half

Step 2: Mix together the barbecue sauce, hot sauce, and preserves. Take a quick taste test to find your preferred sweetness or spiciness level. You might need to adjust the quantities based on the type of barbecue sauce you choose.

white platter with short ribs brushed with bbq sauce

Step 3: Brush the BBQ mixture on both sides of the flanken ribs and place them back on the platter.

If you prefer, you can use this mixture as a marinade. Simply place the ribs in a baking dish, pour the mixture over them, and refrigerate for 24 hours. However, I find that marinating isn’t necessary for these ribs.

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grill with raw glazed ribs

Step 4: Heat up your grill to medium heat and place the ribs on the hot grill grate. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side. You can use a gas grill or any grilling method you prefer.

grill with finished ribs

Once the flanken ribs are off the grill, they’re ready to be savored! You’ll notice how easy it is to prepare this summer appetizer. If desired, serve some extra sauce alongside the ribs or give them a second basting, but honestly, they’re delicious enough on their own.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for later enjoyment. Now that you’ve mastered this recipe, you can confidently bring it to your summer get-togethers and wow your friends and family.

white platter with finished bbq flanken ribs

I’m a huge fan of ribs, and if you share the same love, I have plenty more rib recipes on my blog. You can find various ways to cook ribs in the slow cooker, air fryer, and smoker. So be sure to check out those related posts if you’re interested.

Try These Grilled Meat Recipes Too!

If you’re in the mood for more mouthwatering grilled meat recipes, I’ve got you covered. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Marinated Grilled Shrimp
  • Grilled Steaks with Creamy Poblano Sauce and Steak Dinner Kebabs
  • Low Carb Glazed Pork Chops
  • Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers and Greek Marinated Lamb Chops
  • Lime Margarita Salmon
  • Orange Ginger Pork Kebabs
  • Greek Chicken Kebabs and Mexican Marinated Chicken Breast
  • Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Marinade and Balsamic and Garlic Marinated Flank Steak

fingers holding a bbq rib that was grilled

So go ahead and give this BBQ Grilled Flanken Short Ribs recipe a try. These beef ribs are the perfect finger food for your summer parties, and the best part is that they cook up in just 6 minutes on the grill. Enjoy the smoky, tangy, and succulent flavors with your loved ones. Bon appétit!

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