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Easy Two-Ingredient, Oven-Baked BBQ Short Rib Recipe

Updated on August 15, 2017
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This will be the finished product - a perfect set of BBQ short ribs.
This will be the finished product - a perfect set of BBQ short ribs. | Source

Only Two Ingredients?

I know what you're thinking: only two ingredients? That's right! For these short ribs, all you need are two ingredients: the BBQ sauce and the short ribs.

I'm not a fancy cook. I don't have time to buy every little ingredient, prepare it, and hope it comes out like all of the perfect pictures you see online. I think simple is best, so that's why I came up with the two-ingredient BBQ short rib recipe. It's a no hassle recipe for a good set of short ribs.

Everything you need for easy bake BBQ short ribs is in this picture.
Everything you need for easy bake BBQ short ribs is in this picture. | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds of Short Ribs
  • Famous Dave's BBQ Sauce, any variety, but I recommend Rich & Sassy
Any set of short ribs will do, but make sure you get no more than 2 pounds worth.
Any set of short ribs will do, but make sure you get no more than 2 pounds worth. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 15 min
Yields: Nine (9) ounces of short ribs for two (2) people.
Make sure none of the short ribs are touching when placed in the pan.
Make sure none of the short ribs are touching when placed in the pan. | Source

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I recommend that 10 minutes before the ribs come out of the oven, a small bowl of the BBQ sauce sits out at room temperature.  That way you won't affect the temperature of the ribs too much when you baste them.
I recommend that 10 minutes before the ribs come out of the oven, a small bowl of the BBQ sauce sits out at room temperature. That way you won't affect the temperature of the ribs too much when you baste them. | Source

Instructions

  1. If frozen, make sure the ribs are defrosted. Either place them in the fridge the morning the day before you plan to make them, or, place them in room temperature no more than 6-8 hours before you plan to make them.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 300°. This will allow the ribs to slowly cook to the right internal temperature.
  3. Place each individual short rib in a 13-by-9 inch baking dish. Make sure none of them are touching in the dish.
  4. Pour the BBQ sauce on to each rib and use the basting brush to ensure enough sauce is coated on each side. Feel free to use as much BBQ sauce as you want!
  5. Using tongs, flip each short rib upside down and baste the exposed bottom with the BBQ sauce.
  6. Flip the ribs right-side up, then baste a bit more BBQ sauce on the top.
  7. Cover the baking dish with tinfoil and place it into the oven.
  8. At the two and a half hour mark, remove the tinfoil and allow the ribs to cook for another half hour. This will allow the top of the ribs to darken and brown. If you see the juices go up halfway the smallest rib, then drain some of the juices.
  9. At the conclusion of that half hour, begin to test the temperature of the ribs. Technically they are done at the internal temperature of 145° degrees, however, they won't be at their best then. Instead, take them to 190° to 200° to get the ribs at their juiciest point. If you don't have a way to test the temperature, don't worry, they should be perfect at this point.
  10. Pull the ribs out of the oven and baste some more sauce on them, as desired. At this point, they are ready to serve!

Why Famous Dave's BBQ Sauce?

There are dozens of BBQ sauces out there to try, and you are welcome to try any you want. However, the moment I had Famous Dave's BBQ sauce, I was hooked. I couldn't go back to any other brand. Every time I tried something else, I didn't find it as satisfying. I use this sauce with all things that require BBQ sauce, including my short ribs.

There are many varieties of Famous Dave's BBQ Sauce available. However, as stated in the recipe, I prefer the Rich & Sassy. It doesn't kick too hard, and the flavor and smell are great on a set of ribs.

Each side of the ribs needs to be covered in Famous Dave's BBQ sauce.  Once that is done, put the tinfoil on and place them in the oven.
Each side of the ribs needs to be covered in Famous Dave's BBQ sauce. Once that is done, put the tinfoil on and place them in the oven. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 1202
Calories from Fat963
% Daily Value *
Fat 107 g165%
Saturated fat 45 g225%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 55 g110%
Cholesterol 240 mg80%
Sodium 128 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutrition facts are an estimate only. If you use more BBQ sauce, those numbers may climb slightly. But if you are eating ribs with BBQ sauce, you don't care too much about nutrition, do you?

This is how the short ribs should look once the tinfoil has been removed.  Allow 30 more minutes to cook.
This is how the short ribs should look once the tinfoil has been removed. Allow 30 more minutes to cook. | Source

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      David Livermore 6 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Thank you, I appreciate it!

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      Lena Durante 6 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Well, good for you! You've got to start somewhere, and not everybody has the time to make everything from scratch. I'm all for using handy shortcuts if it gets you in the kitchen!

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      David Livermore 6 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You could, but since I'm not the most experienced chef, I try to go simple if I can. I made this last night and it was perfect just how it was. Thank you!

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      Lena Durante 6 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      These look so delicious! And I bet if you did want to do the extra work make your own barbecue sauce, you could just substitute it for the bottled kind.