Zesty Beef Short Ribs

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!


I live in Virginia, but have lived in NJ, MA, and MD, too. I stay at home with my 16 month old daughter, which is a job in and of itself. I'm hardworking, trustworthy and honest, a proud mama, strong and loving wife, exceptional daughter, outstanding sister, loyal friend, and top chef wanna-be. I do what I do the best way I know how. I learned how to cook from my dad at an early age. It was just something I picked up and kept on doing. My favorite cook-book would be the Better Homes and Gardens Bridal Cook Book. It's got great pictures, easy directions, and lots of other useful information regarding wine selection, knife care, and such.
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