Jane's Barbecued Short Ribs


A recipe I got from an dear friend many, many years ago, who got it from her mother. Very easy, and wonderful flavor. Good in the summer and even better in the winter on a cold night. Can also cook it in the slow cooker. Then when you come home from work, all you have to do is either grill or broil them to brown them before serving. Serve with mashed potatoes or potato salad or egg noodles.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place beef ribs in a large resealable plastic bag. Add onions, tomato sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, parsley, horseradish, mustard, salt, and black pepper. Squeeze excess air out of bag and seal. Marinate in refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours, turning bag several times.

  2. Transfer beef and marinade to a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until beef is tender and falling off the bones, about 2 hours. Remove beef from liquid with a slotted spoon.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Arrange beef on preheated grill and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If cooking in a slow cooker, cook for 7 to 8 hrs on Low.

If gravy is desired, skim fat from cooking liquid, pour in small pan (keeping onions in sauce), and thicken with flour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

782 Calories
63g Fat
19g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 782
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 63g 81%
Saturated Fat 27g 133%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 1038mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 655mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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