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Bourbon-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Bourbon-Braised Beef Short Ribs

By Traeger Kitchen

It's impossible to keep our flavor under wraps. This marinade penetrates the beef and breaks down the natural fibers, creating super-tender ribs.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

3 Hr




This recipe serves:


Units of Measurement:
1/2 Cup yellow mustard
2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon molasses
12 beef short ribs, preferably from the chuck or plate
As Needed Traeger Prime Rib Rub
Mop Sauce
1 Cup beef broth
3 Tablespoon soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos
2 Tablespoon bourbon


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 250°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

  • 2

    In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses.

  • 3

    Coat each rib on all sides with the mustard slather sauce. Season with Traeger Prime Rib Rub.

  • 4

    Make the mop sauce: In a food-safe spray bottle, combine the beef broth, soy sauce, and bourbon.

  • 5

    Insert the probe into the thickest part of a short rib, avoiding the bone and any large pockets of fat. Place the short ribs, bone-side down, directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook, spraying with the mop sauce every 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, 2-2 1/2 hours.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C


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  • 6

    Transfer the ribs to a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bring up the edges of the foil and spray the ribs with the remaining mop sauce. Bring the opposite sides of the foil together and fold several times, tightly encasing the ribs.

  • 7

    Return the ribs to the grill grates. Continue to cook the ribs until the internal temperature reaches 195°F, about 1 hour more.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C

    195 ˚F / 91 ˚C


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  • 8

    Let the ribs rest in the foil for 15 minutes, then open the packet carefully, letting the hot steam release. Transfer the ribs to a platter, drizzle with the accumulated juices from the packet, and serve.

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