BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes

Boy, oh boy, could I go for one of these BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes right about now! Take your average sloppy joe to a whole other level with these BBQ Braised Short Ribs! Rich, decadent short ribs braised low in slow in a wonderful bbq tomato sauce that will leave you reaching for a napkin between every bite. That’s what a sloppy joe is all about, right? The messier, the better! Your tastebuds won’t believe what’s happening to them when you bite into one of these bad boys.

BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes - KJ & Company

Whether you’re going all-in to the sloppy joe with a sesame seed bun and only your hands for utensils, or shoveling it down with a fork, these won’t disappoint! You take a bite through the fluffy bun, get a slight crunch from the coleslaw topping and then sink your teeth into heaven with the tender short ribs and velvety sauce.  A sloppy joe so good you won’t believe it.

BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes - KJ & Company

Make these BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes for a weeknight meal, Sunday dinner, birthday party, holiday party, backyard bash or any other reason that you can come up with because they are that good. The beauty of these sloppy joes is that the longer the short ribs soak in the velvety sauce, the better they get. Make these ahead of time and be ready for any occasion!

BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes - KJ & Company

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BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes

BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes - KJ & Company

Take your average sloppy joe to a whole other level with these BBQ Braised Short Ribs! Rich, decadent short ribs braised low in slow in a wonderful bbq tomato sauce that will leave you reaching for a napkin between every bite. That’s what a sloppy joe is all about, right? The messier, the better! Your tastebuds won’t believe what’s happening to them when you bite into one of these bad boys.

 

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 short ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Hamburger buns of choice
  • Coleslaw of choice

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven or braising pot ( I used a 7 quart dutch oven), heat the olive oil over medium heat. Evenly season both sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches of four, sear the short ribs on all sides for about 5 minutes each, or until they are nice and browned, but not burned. Continue until all the short ribs are browned. Set the short ribs aside for later use.
  2. Remove any excess fat/oil from the pan to leave about a tablespoon left. Add in the onion and sauté until translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Pour in the tomato sauce, BBQ sauce and beef stock and stir until combined. Bring the sauce to a low boil.
  3. Once the sauce has reached a low boil, reduce the heat to low and add all of the short ribs back in until they are completely submersed in the sauce. Add additional beef stock if there are any short ribs that are not covered.
  4. Cover the pan/dutch oven with a lid and braise low and slow for 2 hours. Remove the short ribs from the sauce and turn off the heat. Take the meat off the bones and chop into bite-size pieces. Return the meat to the sauce and stir to combine. Serve with your choice of coleslaw for a topping, or just as is with your choice of bun.

Notes

  • Use your favorite kind of BBQ sauce for this recipe! I love me some Sweet Baby Ray’s (not a promotion, just pure love)
  • Coleslaw is a perfect topping for these rich and decadent sloppy joes. Use store-bought or homemade, either way it will be delicious! I think some pickles or red onions would be divine as well.
  • Mac and Cheese makes a wonderful side dish to these sloppy joes if I do say so myself. You also can’t go wrong with some chips to help you scoop up any extra filling that falls out.

BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes - KJ & Company BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes - KJ & Company BBQ Braised Short Rib Sloppy Joes - KJ & Company