Using a smoker box and wood chips for these gorgeous little short ribs is optional, but if you do opt to envelop the meat in delicate, aromatic wisps of smoke, try burning apple wood chips. The flavour will complement the sauce beautifully.
Spicy Barbecued Short Ribs
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic salt
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
3-4 pounds beef short ribs
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
½ large yellow onion (or one small), finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup water
Step 1: Assemble your ingredients. Extra points for precariously stacked ingredients.
Step 3: Rub that spice mix all over the short ribs. Don’t be shy; just get right on in there.
Step 4:Place the freshly-rubbed ribs in a baking dish, cover (with a fitted lid or aluminum foil), and bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. If your ribs are thicker, you may need some more time to cook ‘em through.
Step 5: While the ribs are cooking, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until they’re translucent and start to get all golden and beautiful and the only reason they’d make you cry is because they’re so damn lovely.
Step 6: Add the remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Continue to cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes; set aside. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
Step 7: When the ribs are done, pour the sauce over top of them and then turn them to coat.
Step 8: Place those saucy ribs on the grill, let them cook for two minutes.
Step 9: Flip those saucy ribs and let them cook for another minute or so.
Step 10: Put those saucy ribs on a plate, and then put them in your mouth.