BBQ Beef Short Rib: Recipe



bbq beef short ribs recipe



bbq beef short ribs recipe



RECIPES | BBQ beef short ribs is something I’ve tried to do on both my Weber Kettle and Pit Barrel Cooker a few times, but I’ve never quite been able to nail it. The other day I attempted them again, using all I’d learned from my previous cooks and when they were finally ready, I knew I’d nailed it. This BBQ beef short ribs recipe works fantastically well. The meat is tender, the fat succulent, and it all slides straight off the bone. Minimal effort for maximum reward.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes / Cooking Time: 4 hours / Serves: 1 person per short rib


  • As many beef short ribs as you’d like to cook, ~200g each
  • 5g ground black pepper
  • 5g table salt
  • 5g onion powder
  • 2g nutmeg
  • 2g cardamom
  • 300ml Coca Cola
  • BBQ sauce


  1. Take your meat out of the fridge and let it sit until it’s reached room temperature.
  2. Combine the black pepper, table salt, onion powder, nutmeg and cardamom to form a dry spice rub. Coat the ribs all over with the spice rub. The quantity in the ingredients is enough to coat four beef short ribs.
  3. Light your BBQ/smoker according to the instructions.
  4. Oil the grate so that the ribs don’t stick to it. Place each of the ribs equal distance apart on the grate, bone side down.
  5. Cook until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165°F/75°C, about an hour and a half.
  6. Remove the ribs from the BBQ and place them into an aluminium tray. Pour in the Coca Cola, and cover with aluminium foil. Make sure that everything is sealed.
  7. Put the tray with the ribs back into the BBQ and cook for a further two hours.
  8. Lightly glaze the top and sides of the ribs with BBQ sauce, and cook for a further 15 minutes, just enough time for the sauce to caramelise.
  9. Remove the ribs from the BBQ and allow them to rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes.


The carbonation and sugar in the Coca Cola helps to break down the fibres of the meat – you can’t actually taste the flavour of the drink. If you don’t have Coca Cola at home you can substitute it for another soft drink like Ginger Ale, or even a beer like pale ale or lager.



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