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.




  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.