Saucy Beef Short Ribs

December 6, 2020 by No Comments

Beef short ribs are an excellent accompaniment to any summer or spring celebration. They go wonderfully with spring and summer vegetables as well as other summertime favorite like potato salad and deviled eggs. This easy recipe is sure to be a hit at your next barbecue or family get together, or even just for dinner any night of the week.

Choosing the best ribs is extremely important to the taste of this dish. Beef ribs are a larger and tenderer version of their pork cousins. At the butcher’s shop or supermarket, date stamps are always on the meat packaging. The fresher the meat, the better it will taste. Fresh meat is always red or pink in color. The date should correspond with the color of the meat. Brown and dry looking meat is older and will not taste as good. Also, cuts of beef are important when choosing your rim. Look for package labels that say USDA Prime or USDA Choice. Prime is the best type of meat and is sure to give the best flavor. USDA Choice is just after prime on the scale and is also a great choice. Yes, it might cost more to get fresher, better cuts of meat, but it will definitely be worth it. Knowing what to look for when it comes to ribs can save a lot of disappointment later on.

Ribs can taste amazing on their own, but everything is a little more wonderful with a great sauce or marinade to complement the flavor of the meet. In this recipe, barbecue sauce is used along with some special add-ins to make a really amazing rib sauce. Barbecue sauce is a really popular summer favorite because it is often associated with grilling. However, this version calls for a saucepan and an oven. It is just as amazing used this way, especially when mixed with other ingredients. In this recipe the sauce becomes very thick after simmering and has a caramel consistency. It makes the perfect complement to the taste of the short ribs and keeps them very juicy and tender. Barbecue sauce is also a great complement to other grilling type favorites like pork, steak, and chicken.

Ingredients For The Ribs

2 pounds of beef short ribs, trimmed
Salt and pepper to taste
½ of a medium onion, chopped
Water, as directed

Ingredients For The Sauce

½ of a medium onion, chopped
2 clove of garlic, minced
¼ cup of red wine
1 cup of original flavor barbecue sauce


Place the 2 pounds of beef short ribs into a large saucepan. Next, season the ribs with salt and pepper. Use as much or as little of each as desired. Then add ½ of the chopped onion to the saucepan with the ribs. Completely cover the ribs with water.

Transfer the sauce pan to the stove, and heat the ribs and onions uncovered using high heat. Bring the water to a boil. Then, reduce the heat some and cover the saucepan with a lid. Allow the ribs to simmer for 1 hour. Stir the ribs occasionally.

After 1 hour, drain the water from of ribs and onions. Reserve some of the cooking water for use in the sauce. The ribs should be completely brown and have a strong, very good aroma.

At this point, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a clean saucepan, combine ¼ cup of the cooking liquid, the 2 cloves of minced garlic, the other half of the onion, the ¼ cup of red wine, and the cup of original flavor barbecue sauce. Mix ingredients well.

Heat uncovered on the stove at high heat until the sauce comes to a boil. Once the sauce comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 5 minutes. The sauce will begin to thicken and will develop a caramel consistency.

Place ribs and onions in a glass baking pan, and pour the sauce over the ribs. Cover the baking pan with foil. Bake in the oven at 350 degree for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven with a pot holder. Be careful! The pan will be very hot. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe makes 4 servings.