Sweet and Spicy Grilled Beef Short Ribs


F&W culinary director at large Justin Chapple quickly grills flanken-cut short ribs (cut across the bones) until they’re juicy and delectably charred.

Sweet-and-Spicy Grilled Beef Short Ribs
Photo: © Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 3 3/4 pounds flanken-style beef short ribs, sliced 1/3-inch thick

  • Canola oil, for oiling the grate

  • Lemon wedges and slaw, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients except the short ribs, oil, lemon, and slaw. Rub the mixture all over the short ribs and let stand for 20 minutes.

  2. Light a grill and oil the grate. Grill the ribs over high heat, turning once, until nicely charred and nearly cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve with lemon wedges and slaw.

Make Ahead

The spice rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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