Asian BBQ Recipe for Beef Back Ribs

If you are looking for an easy recipe for Beef back ribs that yields delicious results with minimal effort, then you will love this Asian BBQ Style Beef Back rib recipe that is easy and only uses only a few ingredients!

Beef back ribs often get overlooked because they do not have the same shelf appeal as their cousin, the plate rib (aka short ribs), but they have the same beefy flavor and texture. But they’ve got so much to sacrifice! Back ribs are a third of the price, make for the perfect appetizer bite, and cook significantly faster.

easy recipe for beef back ribs

This recipe for beef back ribs is so easy with minimal ingredients and steps while yielding delicious Asian style BBQ flavor!

Where Do Beef Back Ribs Come From?

Beef back ribs come from the dorsal area behind the shoulders. The rib area is where prime rib roast and ribeye steaks are cut. If you’ve ever had a Prime Rib Roast for the Holidays, the bone attached are the Beef Back Ribs.

Most people think of Beef short ribs (also known as the plate rib) when they think of beef ribs which have lots of meat on top of the ribs, while beef back ribs have their meat in between the ribs.

Beef back ribs are a much more economical cut than beef short ribs which makes them easy to love. If you love gnawing on the bone of a Prime Rib, then beef back ribs are the cut for you!

easy recipe for beef back ribs

Beef back ribs come from the area of ​​the cow where we get Prime Rib whereas Short Ribs come from the plate section.

Ingredients for this Asian Style Recipe for Beef Back Ribs

You’ll love this Asian-style recipe for beef back ribs because it uses minimal ingredients that are easy to source. All you need to prepare the beef back ribs are Dijon mustard and Robyn’s Sunshine State of Mind Rub. That’s right, just two ingredients. Then for the wrap, pull out some butter, brown sugar or honey, red pepper flakes, and more of Robyn’s BBQ rub. You probably already have everything in your pantry already! If you haven’t purchased the rub yet, you can replace it with a citrus-based rub in a pinch.

Ingredients:

  • Beef Back Ribs
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Sunshine State of Mind Craft BBQ Rub
  • Wrap:
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Red Pepper Flakes
easy recipe for beef back ribs

This recipe uses minimal ingredients with delicious results!

How to Make this Asian Inspired Recipe for Beef Back Ribs

Another reason this recipe is going to become your go-to is how fast it is to make compared to other rib recipes you’ve probably seen. The ribs are cooked at a higher heat, making it a quick appetizer, while caramelizing the sugars for an Asian-inspired flavor profile. If you are wanting a full meal, even though there is a lot less meat on the bones, you can buy several racks to make up the difference — and I guarantee it will still be less expensive than purchasing beef plates.

  • Preheat your grill to 300F indirect heat
  • Pat Ribs dry and apply dijon mustard followed by Sunshine State of Mind Craft BBQ Rub
  • Cook on indirect for two hours
  • Remove the ribs and create a wrap sauce in foil or butcher paper that includes butter, sugar, pepper flakes and more rub
  • Return to the grill and let cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and garnish with additional red pepper flakes, sesame seeds or thinly sliced ​​green onions.

easy recipe for beef back ribs

Variations:

If you can’t find beef back ribs, beef short ribs are equally delicious. Check out our Bourbon and Coke smoked and braised short rib recipe.

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Ingredients (per rack)

  • 1 rack beef back ribs
  • 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Sunshine State of Mind BBQ rub

For the wrap

  • 3 tbsp. salted butter, cubed
  • ½ tbsp. Sunshine State of Mind BBQ rub
  • 4 tbsp. organic brown sugar (or honey)
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat your grill to 300 F, over indirect heat.
  2. Pat the ribs dry, then evenly apply the Dijon mustard and Sunshine State of Mind BBQ rub.
  3. Place the ribs on the grill and cook for 2 hours.
  4. Lay down a large piece of foil, line the pats of butter down the center followed by the rub and sugar. Then, place the ribs non-membrane side down.
  5. Return to the grill for 30 minutes or until the rack of ribs bends with ease.
  6. Uncover and allow them to cool slightly.
  7. Slice the individual ribs all the way against the bone of the next rib to have a nice meaty bite per rib.
  8. Garnish with more pepper flakes, sesame seeds, or thinly sliced ​​green onion if desired.

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