Easy BBQ Short Ribs Tacos

Easy BBQ Short Ribs with Smoky Orange BBQ Sauce




Yield 8 Tacos

The sauce for these tender beef BBQ Short Ribs is smoky, citrusy & sweet. You will love these falling-off-the-bone beef Short Ribs braised in Smoky Orange BBQ Sauce, beer, and other wonderful spices. This comfort food recipe is served on tacos with a refreshing cucumber-orange salsa for a surprising match made in heaven.


For the Braise:

For the Sauce:

For the Cucumber & Orange Salsa:


For the Braise:

  1. Place the short ribs in a large freezer bag, and add lime juice and cayenne pepper. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  2. After 3 hours, heat a Dutch oven with olive oil or Pure Cottonseed Oil and sear the short ribs, about 2 minutes per side. Work in batches to prevent steam and create a perfect seal, then move the pieces to a plate.
  3. In the same Dutch oven, combine beef stock, beer, water, onion, garlic, Serrano pepper, ginger, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and orange juice and orange peels.
  4. Heat on high until the mixture simmers. Remember to scrape the bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Cook for 4 hours. When done, remove the meat from the liquid, and pull apart with two forks.

For the Salsa:

  1. Combine all ingredients, mix well, cover and refrigerate.

Build the Tacos:

  1. Add about ¾ cup of the Smoky Orange BBQ Sauce to the meat, and mix well. Reheat the meat in a pot over medium heat if necessary.
  2. Warm up some corn tortillas in a skillet lightly sprayed with olive oil
  3. Add the BBQ Short Ribs, salsa, and more barbecue sauce, and top with the cucumber-orange salsa.
  4. Serve with lime wedges, extra salsa, and BBQ sauce.


The Nutrition information is an estimate. 

Vitamin A 1% , Vitamin C 68%, Calcium 5%,  Iron 11%

Courses Lunch, Dinner, BBQ, Holiday, Summer

Cuisine Tex-Mex, American, Mexican

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 per person

Amount Per Serving

Calories 460

% Daily Value

Total Fat 35.9 g


Saturated Fat 15.1 g


Cholesterol 68.9 mg


Sodium 723.8 mg


Total Carbohydrates 18.7 g


Dietary Fiber 2.1 g


Sugars 12.3 g

Protein 15.5 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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