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Slow Cooked Beef Ribs In BBQ Sauce

Slow cooked beef ribs in BBQ sauce, if you haven’t had slow cooked beef ribs in BBQ sauce at a family BBQ or any other BBQ, that needs to change today. because I am about to give you the best recipe and finger smacking delicious marinade and sauce. Just imagine tucking into a fall off the bone, tender succulent meat smothered in sticky and sweet BBQ sauce that just melts in your mouth. if that didn’t make you hungry, I am not sure what will 🙂

Slow cooked beef ribs

As a food developer, when I develop recipes and products, I do a lot of market research which means I have tasted all the beef ribs that are in the market. I can guarantee the recipe I have given is definitely the best you will come across. How can I say that? well, I have eaten all beef ribs in the market 🙂

I have been wanting to make slow-cooked beef ribs for a long time, but finally here in Melbourne, it was BBQ worthy sunny weather. When we first build our house in Melbourne, I spent on pieces of equipment that I didn’t need at the time, I even bought a fancy BBQ which includes a smoker, rotisserie, teppanyaki, grilling and much more. But we never used it for more than 2 years. Finally, it was time to use it and what better way to do it than with a smokey, sticky beef rib.

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Slow cooked beef ribs

Slow cooked beef ribs on BBQ/weber

Most of us use meat that cooks quickly on the BBQ, but the American BBQ is done low and slow where the meat falls apart and there is so much flavour. so to get this slow and low cooking, I came up with a better solution, because if you try to do this on the BBQ you will need to cook it for 12 hours or more. The best way is to slow cook it in the marinade, that way it stays nice and juicy and then it can be finished off on the BBQ while basting with the sauce that gives a good caramelisation and charred flavour notes.

Beef ribs slow cooked in the oven

As I explained above, you need to first cook the ribs in the oven for 3 hours in the sauce to make it tender. If you wish you can also serve it just by cooking it in the oven, you don’t need to finish it on the BBQ.

What cut of meat to use?

I am using beef short ribs. ribs cut into small pieces, that is ideal for slow cooking
you can also use beef ribs which is generally going to come in a rack format, which means you will need to cut in between the ribs to get small pieces

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Beef short ribs

What to serve with BBQ beef ribs

Grilled corn
Garlic bread
Cracked pull-apart cheesy bread

How to slow cook BBQ slow ribs

you can either cook in a slow cooker, pressure cooker or an oven, I have used the oven for this recipe.

BBQ sauce marinade

This is going to be an epic marinade, the taste will be very similar to a sticky BBQ sauce. since the ribs will be cooked in this marinade all that yummy goodness will be absorbed into the beef ribs which in turn will make it so delicious.

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BBQ sauce

Can this be made ahead of time

Once the beef ribs are cooked in the oven, don’t separate the sauce and meat, as it can dry out, leave it in the liquid.

Absolutely yes, you can make it ahead and if finishing off on the BBQ, you can reheat it on the BBQ while basting the beef ribs with the sauce. if not you can simply reheat in the microwave and pour the sauce over on the top.
To reheat the sauce, microwave it separately for a short time, the oil may separate when heated, but mix it with a spoon and then it will come together.

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Slow cooked BBQ beef ribs

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Slow cooked beef ribs

Slow Cooked Beef Ribs In BBQ Sauce

Beef ribs slow cooked in a BBQ sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Servings: 3 people


  • Oven


Beef rib marinade

  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder or fresh onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp English Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Oil Canola, Vegetable, Olive
  • 1 kg Beef short ribs

BBQ Sauce

  • 100 g Brown sugar
  • 125 g Tomato sauce
  • 25 g Worcestershire sauce
  • 20 g Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 50 g English mustard
  • 100 g Water


Beef ribs marinade

  • In a small bowl mix all beef rib marinade ingredients with a spoon until it looks like a paste
  • Rub the marinade on the beef ribs, leave aside for 20 minutes
  • Heat a pan or grill pan on high heat with oil, grill all sides of the beef ribs for maximum 2 minutes ( note this is done only until the grill marks are visible, just so the meat is sealed on the outside, this makes the meat retain its succulence and moisture inside)

BBQ sauce

  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • In an oven-ready deep tray mix the BBQ sauce ingredients together with a whisk
  • Place the grilled beef ribs in the marinade and coat the sauce all over, cover with foil and cook for 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours until the meat falls off the bone and tender.
  • Take it out of the oven and serve warm or finish on the BBQ ( If you wish to finish on the BBQ see article above on how to do that)


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