Skip to main content

Recipe: country style bourbon BBQ short ribs

country style bourbon BBQ short ribs recipe image
Country style bourbon bbq short ribs serving suggestion

country style bourbon BBQ short ribs

Slow cook Country Style Short Ribs in Kentucky style BBQ sauce. Finished on the grill for that authentic BBQ taste.


  • 2 pounds beef (Country-Style Ribs)

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 cup diced yellow onion

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper

  • 2 bay leaf

  • 3 cups beef stock

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 4 tablespoons pickle relish


  1. Pre-heat grill to medium heat. Season ribs with salt and pepper to taste and place on pre-heated grill. Grill for 2 minutes on each side, remove and set aside. Next pre-heat skillet over medium heat. Add vegetable oil and onion to the skillet and cook until onions are golden brown about 5 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and combine, then add the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and combine.

Cook's Tip:
If you cannot find Country Style-Ribs, Boneless Beef Short Ribs can be substituted.

Deglaze skillet with the beef stock scraping the bottom of the pan. Add in the Ribs, bay leaf and liquid smoke and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover for 2.5-3.5 hours or until fork tender.

Cook's Tip: Avoid lifting the lid, which releases valuable heat and moisture and can significantly increase cook time.

Once the Ribs are fork tender remove from the pan and return to the grill over low heat. Grill for 1.5 minutes on each side, remove from the grill and set aside. Meanwhile remove the bay leaf from the sauce and bring sauce to a boil. Add in the bourbon, ketchup, molasses, and cayenne pepper and continue to cook until sauce becomes thick. Plate each Rib and top with 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce. Garnish with 1 Tablespoon of pickle relish and serve.

Nutrition information per serving, 4 Ribs: 580 Calories; 297 Calories from fat; 33g Total Fat (13.2 g Saturated Fat; 1.9 g Trans Fat; 3.4 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 14.9 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 135 mg Cholesterol; 1781 mg Sodium; 26.6 g Total Carbohydrate; 2.1 g Dietary Fiber; 19 g Total Sugars; 43 g Protein; 11 g Added Sugars; 77.7 mg Calcium; 5.3 mg Iron; 734 mg Potassium; 0.1 mcg Vitamin D; 0.4 mg Riboflavin; 13.7 mg NE Niacin; 0.6 mg Vitamin B6; 4.4 mcg Vitamin B12; 278 mg Phosphorus; 12.8 mg Zinc; 45.9 mcg Selenium; 135.4 mg Choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of Protein, Iron, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Zinc, Selenium, and Choline; and a good source of Potassium.