Great Grilled Beef Short Ribs

Short Ribs
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Marinate: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 4 Pounds Ribs (4 to 6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1256 Calories
89g Fat
37g Carbs
76g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The meat on these grilled beef short ribs is so tender that it falls right off the bone. Flanken beef short ribs are cut crosswise from the sixth, seventh and eighth rib. Each piece should contain three crosscut rib bones. If you don't see them in the meat case, you can usually special-order them from your butcher.


  • For the Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup medium-sweet sherry (or pineapple juice)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed, light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For the Ribs:
  • 4 pounds flanken beef short ribs (well-trimmed, about 1/2 inch thick)
  • For the Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (homemade or bottled)
  • Optional: chopped scallions (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

The Marinade

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the sherry and soy sauce to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the brown sugar and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the oil, garlic, and pepper and set it aside to cool completely.​

The Ribs

  1. In a large, shallow bowl, combine the ribs and marinade, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to 12 hours, turning the ribs occasionally.

  2. Heat a gas grill to medium-high, prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire or preheat a broiler. If you're using a charcoal grill, start the fire 30 to 40 minutes before grilling. The fire's right when coals look ash-covered and you can hold your hand 4 to 5 inches (grill height) over the coals for 4 seconds.

  3. Drain the ribs and discard the marinade. Grill or broil the ribs 4 to 6 inches from the heat source for 10 minutes for medium-rare, 12 minutes for medium, and 14 minutes for well done, turning and basting with barbecue sauce twice. Remove the ribs to a serving platter and serve right away with any extra sauce for dipping. Garnish with chopped scallions if you wish.

The Barbecue Sauce

  1. To make your own barbecue sauce, combine 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons onion salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup apricot preserves (pureed if extremely chunky), 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon honey.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. With a whisk, add 2 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes, a couple at a time until blended. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly before using.