When craving comfort food, you can’t beat meltingly tender short ribs slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.

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When you’re craving comfort food, you can’t beat meltingly tender short ribs slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. And here’s the best part: there are only 15 minutes of hands-on prep work and the oven does the rest. Really! Unlike many roast or stew recipes, it’s not necessary to sear the meat first. Instead, you just slather it generously with sauce, put it in the oven to bake, and let deliciousness ensue.

What you’ll need to make Themingredients

Before we get to the recipe, a few words on boneless short ribs. You’ll want to count on about one pound per person. I know it seems like a lot but they shrink significantly while cooking, and people tend to eat generous portions. I buy mine from Whole Foods. If you can only find bone-in ribs, they will work, but they may take just a bit longer to cook

How to make them

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Begin by cutting the short ribs in half and seasoning them with salt and pepper. Place them in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Next, make the homemade BBQ sauce by combining the ketchup, dark brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and spices in a small bowl.

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Slather about 2/3 of the sauce all over the meat, and reserve the rest for the finished dish.

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Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees for about 2-1/2 hours.covered-with-foil

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Remove the foil, pour off some of the cooking liquid and cook for 30 minutes more, or until the short ribs are tender and browned.

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Transfer the short ribs to a platter, leaving the cooking liquid behind, and slather with the reserved BBQ sauce.

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Note: Recipe inspired by Sunny Anderson’s Easy BBQ Boneless Short Ribs

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