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Pastrami Short Ribs

Pastrami Short Ribs

By Traeger Kitchen

Take BBQ beef short ribs to the extreme with the tangy flavor of this pickled ribs recipe

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

3 Hr




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Units of Measurment:
2 Quart water
1/3 Cup kosher salt
2 Teaspoon pink salt
1/4 Cup brown sugar
4 garlic
4 Tablespoon pickling spice
3 Tablespoon coriander seeds
3 Tablespoon peppercorns
2 Teaspoon mustard seeds
2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 L ginger ale


  • 1

    The Brine: In a large mixing bowl, combine water, kosher salt, pink salt, and brown sugar. Stir until salt and sugar crystals have dissolved.

  • 2

    Stir in the garlic and pickling spices, then add the short ribs.

  • 3

    Cover and refrigerate for 48 hours, stirring twice a day to redistribute spices.

  • 4

  • 5

    The Rub: Put coriander seeds, peppercorns, and mustard seed in a small resealable plastic bag and coarsely crush.

  • 6

    Lightly drizzle and coat all sides of the ribs with olive oil. Cover the meaty sides of the ribs with the rub and gently press in the spices.

  • 7

    Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Arrange the short ribs, bone side down, directly on the grill grate and smoke for 2 hours.

    185 ˚F / 85 ˚C


    Super Smoke

  • 8

    Transfer the ribs to a roasting pan. Pour enough ginger ale in the bottom of the pan to come just past the top edges of the bones. Cover tightly with foil.

  • 9

    Increase the temperature to 300 degrees F and continue to cook the ribs until they are tender - 1 to 1 1/2 hours more.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C


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