Slow Baked Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Sundays are meant to be lazy I think however sadly I rarely get a “do-nothing” Sunday or day for that matter.  Working two full time jobs (my day job and TKW) leaves very little down time.  Most of you know I’m a girl on the go-go-go who pretty much never sits still let alone takes time for herself.  Maybe I’m afraid I’m going to miss out on something awesome life has to offer or perhaps I’m just so used to it that it’s just become part of my ‘norm’. If I had a dollar for how many times I heard “How do you do it? Just listening to what all you do makes me tired! Where do you get the energy??? Can I have some???” Honestly I’m not sure.  Well maybe that’s not entirely true.  Ever since I made a life choice years ago to live a healthier lifestyle that incorporated a better eating plan, exercise (trust me at one point in my life exercise was a 4-lettered word and punishment) and a more positive outlook that seemed to kick things off.  Now I’ve always worked insane hours.  Again this stems from growing up as poor as we did.  Truth be told being that poor sucks, no one should go without even the little things in life but I’m not one to depend on others to help make my life better.  If I want my life better then *I* have to make the change and *I* have to make it happen.  My parents always told me “Anything worth doing is worth doing the very best you can” and I have made that my mantra in life.

Now sure I tire and have my days where I honestly don’t think I can take another step but I dig deep down and push through however if my body says “HEY DING DONG!  YOU NEED A BREAK!” I’m going to listen. This is the only body I’ll ever have – well again, that’s not true as I have a bunch of fake parts already.. pins, bolts, rods holding bones together and my lovely pig patch in my tummy.  LOL  But you get the gist. So while I had intentions on getting 9 million things done this one Sunday my body just didn’t have it in it get it done. I needed rest.  However I also knew I needed to make food for dinner and maybe some leftovers during week (though we all know leftovers are a rarity in my house due to my eating machine husband).  Since this was going to be one of those rare days where I actually was going to take a nap while Mr. Fantabulous was at band practice I wanted something so simple that I could get done in 10 minutes and go rest.

Slow Baked BBQ Boneless Beef ShortRibs

Since Friday’s after work is when I hit up Costco (as it’s like 5 minutes from my work but a bajillion miles from my home) I found the most gorgeous boneless beef short ribs.  Honestly they are the only place that has them, not even my local butcher does.  Now I’ve made this with bone-in and while bone-in has a deeper flavor I find them a pain in the butt as I want all meat, not just bone.  Plus they are the same price (which I still don’t quite understand).  5 pounds of boneless beef short ribs does not equal the same amount of meat in 5 pounds of bone-in beef short ribs.  I actually debated this with a butcher once and we left it as I said he was wrong and he disagreed.

Am I wrong on this?

Even though I planned on napping I never nap real long.  If I do it tends to wear me out worse and make me feel drained.  Since I didn’t want to sleep all day (though I’m sure my body would have loved that) I did have stuff to do.  Now if it were stuff Mr. Fantabulous could do he would but this was TKW stuff and since he’s not allowed to touch the pots, pans or anything in the kitchen I have to get it done. So I opted to go with a slow bake with these.  Literally these were so simple they pretty much cooked themselves.

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All I literally do was put them in a pan, cover them with some bbq sauce, cover with foil and slow bake. And off to sleepyville I went! Let me tell you what folks it was awesome! I had the most amazing dreams too and it’s funny as all I kept dreaming about was bbq and food.  However I think those dreams were influenced by the fact that I had the most amazing beef and bbq sauce scents wafting throughout my house.  Now I did have my alarm set however the smells from the oven woke up me. I knew dinner was close to being done as I could smell the ‘doneness’.

As I approached the kitchen the smells were just intoxicating!  I removed the foil and let them bake another 30 minutes to get that deep char on top.  Once they were done I pulled them out of the oven and plated them.  Dear GOD they were GORGEOUS!  I brushed them with some of the reserved bbq sauce and then with what was in the pan, I actually poured it into a fat separating container and let it sit for bit.  Once it did, I poured out the good stuff into a pan and let the fat stuff stay behind.  I brought that pan to a boil and thickened it up with some more bbq sauce and some cornstarch.  No way was I letting those flavors go to waste!

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By the time Mr. Fantabulous got home I had made a pot of perfect mashed potatoes to go with these, some rolls and a nice Caesar salad. As he walked in with his gear you could see him immediately perk up and start sniffing the air like dog.  Cutest thing ever when he does that!  Immediately came his smile and I swear he ran to bring in the rest of his gear!  Dinner was awesome and I was rested.  That truly was a fantastic Sunday and one that I think I need more of!

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Slow Baked Boneless Beef Short Ribs
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  • 4 pounds boneless beef short ribs
  • 1 tsp kosher sale
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 Tbl liquid smoke
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup Bacon BBQ Sauce
  • 2 Tbl cornstarch
  • 2 Tbl water
  1. Preheat the oven to 300F with a rack in the middle.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the ketchup, liquid smoke, brown sugar, minced onion, garlic powder, bacon bbq sauce and mix until combined.
  3. Cook until thick and bubbly; stirring occasionally. ~10 minutes.
  4. Season the short ribs all over with salt and pepper
  5. Place in a 13x9" glass baking dish. This will be a tight squeeze.
  6. Pour about 1/2 cup over the short ribs.
  7. Using tongs, flip the ribs over and spoon another 1/2 cup of the sauce over top. Reserve the remaining BBQ sauce to spoon over the cooked ribs.
  8. Cover the pan with foil and roast for 2 1/2 hours.
  9. Remove the foil and gently flip the short ribs.
  10. Cook for 30 minutes more, until the meat is tender and browned.
  11. Transfer the short ribs to a serving platter.
  12. Baste the short ribs with some of the reserved BBQ sauce.
  13. At this point you can discard the cooking liquid or you can pour it into a fat strainer to allow it to separate. (This is what I did)
  14. Pour the juices into a medium sauce pan leaving the fat greasy part behind.
  15. Add in about 1/4 cup bbq sauce and bring to a boil.
  16. Make a slurry of the cornstarch and water and whisk into the liquid to thicken.

41 Responses to “Slow Baked Boneless Beef Short Ribs”

  • Mariah says:

    What about the cornstarch??? Do I put that in? It has it in ingredients but doesn’t tell you when to put it in?

  • Wendi Pepperz says:

    I don’t each beef on the regular maybe every six months, I read the recipe and it appeared tasty. I prepared the beef for my honey , cooked meat according to recipe , omg I ate most of the beef ribs. I had to remember that I cooked it for him. Very delecious ………

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Haha that’s awesome Wendi! Thank you so much! I’m like you; I don’t eat beef that often but there’s just something magical about this recipe!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Dan says:

    I’ve made this twice now and can’t seem to get the tenderness just right…at least I don’t think it is. Isn’t the meat supposed to be fork-tender, as in it will easily pull or shred apart with a fairly light touch of the fork? Mine turned out somewhat tender, but I still had to cut it with a fork (kinda like I would a waffle). Any suggestions?

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Dan,

      Yes the meat should be fork tender but what lends to them being fall apart truly depends on how much marbling they have to start with. I buy mine either at Costco or my local butcher. I’ve noticed the ones at my butcher have a lesser fat marble thus I need to use a fork to ‘cut’ the beef versus the ones from Costco which pretty much fall part as the fork approaches. What you could do is, if the cuts you have, aren’t that marbled (not fatty but marbled) bake them another 15 minutes or so.

      Let me know if that makes sense!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Barbara Robinson says:

    This sounds great. Can you tell me how many people this recipe will serve?
    Thanks, Barbara

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Thank you so much Barbara!

      It honestly depends on how big your short ribs are. 4 pounds for me is about 6-7 big ribs. Mr. Fantabulous can eat a whole one himself where me I can do about half. I would say it would feed 4-5 easily with enough for a little leftover.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Deborah says:

    I made this yesterday. The only thing I did differently was I used an apple bourbon BBQ sauce because I didn’t have time to make the bacon sauce. Wow! Very tender and tasty. Will definitely make again.

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Thank you so much Deborah! Ohhhh that apple bourbon BBQ sauce sounds awesome! Did you make that too? If you have leftovers of the ribs, shred some and put it on a pizza with some of your bbq sauce, some caramelized shallots and sharp cheddar.. OMG it’s to die for!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Nicole says:

    Can I roast in a Dutch oven as opposed to a glass pan with tin foil?

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Nicole,

      Yes I’ve done it in a dutch oven. If you have a cover for it, you can use that in lieu of the in foil.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Ana says:

    I’m a little upset. I followed this recipe exactly only to open up my foil and find my ribs burned 🙁

  • Jayne says:

    I use boneless “short ribs” all the time. They are not the same cut as a true bone-in short rib and are cheaper. That’s why the price confusion with your butcher. He should have just told you “this is a cheaper cut of meat!” (Though even the cuts that used to be ground for hamburgers are now sought after… and not cheap.) But as I said… I use them all the time!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Interesting. I only buy the boneless because to me it’s stupid to pay so much money for almost 2″ of bone with barely any meat. But again true meat flavor comes from the bone. It just would cost me an arm and a leg 😉

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • janet says:

    You gals are a Crack up! I’m gonna check in just to get a chuckle from time to time! Trying the recipe tonight… cross them fingers! Only 1.50 lb tho. Going w same cooking time.

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Janet!

      Yeah the weight of the meat doesn’t impact the time in which you cook them. I just made these the other day because they are one of my favorite meals!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Drew says:

    Oops, got my names mixed up. Thanks TKW.

  • Drew says:

    Hi Jen!

    Thanks for a great recipe. I used the Bacon BBQ sauce exclusively instead of mixing it into what seems to just be another less complex BBQ sauce. Any reason why you chose not too? In fact the BBBQ sauce is so good I am going to try using it for everything, including making a perfume essence as my boys were all over the Kitchen and wouldn’t leave while it was being made – I might chop up the bacon a bit finer though. I also used a real smoky bacon and left out the liquid smoke though I guess you can’t be too “smokey”. In any case my youngest suggested I only make this three times a week or he might get bored of it. Cheers. All the best, Drew

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hey Drew 🙂

      Honestly there is no rhyme or reason as to why I used this sauce over the other. Not everyone is a bacon fan (I know, right! What’s wrong with “those” people??? lol) so I do my best to give a variety. I, too, have use the BBQ bacon sauce this this recipe and loved it. HAHAHA OMG perfume essence! I LOVE it!!!

      Thanks again for making my day!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Jen says:

    My store only had boneless pork ribs. Will this recipe work with pork?

  • shante says:

    Hi ! I only made a pound of meat I reduced all of the ingredient sizes but do I keep the same time?

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Shante,

      Yes you keep the same time.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

      • Michelle says:

        Can you make these in the crockpot?

        • TKWAdmin says:

          Hi Michelle!

          Yes you can. Make the sauce as-is. For the beef, let them come to room temperature then season with salt and pepper. Put them in a heated skillet to pan sear on all sides (about 2-4 minutes per side). Place in the crock pot, pour the sauce over top, and then cook on low for 7-8 hours or until the meat is fork tender.

          To thicken up the sauce, remove the meat (carefully) and then strain following steps 14-16.

          Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Tiffany says:

    If I am buying a 2 lbs of boneless ribs, what should I shorten the cooking time to? thanks is advance!!

  • Liz says:

    Sounds really good. Thank you. I do mix my food up and in most cases the food is better.

  • I just made the Bacon BBQ sauce and it is simmering. I plan to make the ribs with the sauce, but I see that I only use a portion of the Bacon BBQ sauce and end up making ANOTHER sauce to use on the ribs.

    Can I just use the Bacon BBQ sauce on the ribs and call it good???

    (I’m not trying to be rude. I don’t understand the need for the new sauce.)

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi! Yes you can use just the bacon BBQ sauce. I liked both as it adds another level of flavor. Since the bacon BBQ sauce doesn’t have liquid smoke in it the other BBQ sauce adds that depth of flavor to it.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Jilly says:

    Sooo, I went to BJ’s since we do not have a Costco and I asked the butcher for boneless beef short ribs. He handed me a package and I headed to the check out. When I got home I noticed what I think are bones. The label on the package reads “Beef Chuck Short Ribs”. Will I need to adjust the cooking times or temp due to the presence of bones? Thanks for your advice!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Jilly,

      You can keep the temp the same, same with the cooking time. The bones actually give it a more richer flavor. If you want, check the beef at the 2 hours mark. The meat should be tender but not “tender enough”. You want this meat to just melt in your mouth when you eat it. I’ve made it bone-in and like I said, about the 2 hour mark I tend to uncover it. What you will have to watch out then is you may have to baste it a few times or flip it so the meat doesn’t dry out while it’s finishing up in the oven.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

      • Jilly says:

        Omg! Sooooo delicious! Followed the recipe, other than the bones in my ribs and I couldn’t find bacon BBQ sauce so I used regular. I knew they were good, but didn’t realize just how good until I looked at my husband who had a mouth full of food and a rib dangling from his hands as he uttered “I knew I couldn’t eat another rib but I just can’t stop”! And I got the ultimate seal of approval…a sticky kiss! Thanks for another awesome dinner!

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