Zesty Beef Short Ribs

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I got this from the Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook, Bridal Edition (several years after I was married!). These are really tasty and easy to make. Served best with a tossed green salad and some corn bread. The sauce can be used for chicken or pork, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. After trimming fat from meat, place in 4 quart Dutch oven or stock pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover meat.
  3. Bring water to boiling and then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  4. Simmer until meat is tender, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  5. Drain.
  6. Combine ketchup, chili sauce, molasses, lemon juice, mustard and red pepper in a separate bowl.
  7. Toss ribs into sauce and place on unheated rack of a broiler pan.
  8. Make sure the beef is well coated.
  9. Broil 5 inches from heat for 10 minutes or until heated through, turning often and brushing with remaining sauce.
  10. Any remaining sauce can be heated and served with the ribs.
Most Helpful

Yum! I enjoyed the simplicity of this recipe. Because I just can't leave a recipe alone, I braised the ribs in beef broth & red wine with a dash of worcestershire. Also, I browned the ribs before braising. The sauce was super quick and simple...upon tasting, it was a little sweet for my taste, so I upped the mustard and added couple of dashes of worcestershire, plus a splash of coffee. Soooo delicious! Served with roasted fennel, mushrooms, pearl onions, carrots & celery. Definitely a keeper.

Hecky Lardycakes November 18, 2012

I simmered the short ribs almost 2 1/2 hrs, but it they were worth the wait. They were tender and delicious. I didn't have chili sauce, so I made a different BBQ sauce. I can't wait to try this one next time.

CindyMarie October 10, 2010

Very yummy! I added onion powder and garlic to suit our tastes. I used this on some short ribs and some spare ribs, too. Good flavor and pretty simple ingredients!

SeriousMoms January 29, 2009