Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

For this recipe, I skipped the typical asian flavors and went for a southwestern flare. These Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs are a really easy way to grill this great cut of beef. If you like eating the meat from around the bone of a ribeye… you gotta try this recipe.

Flanken cut Beef Short Ribs are cross cut sections from the Short Primal. Here the short ribs are cut across the bone into thin strips about 3/8” to 1/2” thick. They perfect for marinating or seasoning and grilling up fast.

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

For this recipe I use Chipotle Pepper, Cayenne, and Smoked Paprika to give the ribs a spicy flavor and to balance out the heat I went with Brown Sugar. The sugar tones down the spice level and helps create a nice caramelization on the outer surface. You can find the recipe below.

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

Season each piece of short rib on all sides and pat in the rub. Let the meat hang out at room temperature while the grill comes up to temperature.

I fired up my Big Green Egg set up for direct grilling for this recipe but you can use any grill. Royal Oak Lump charcoal is used as a base and when the coals are hot, I add a few chunks of Pecan wood for flavor. Adjust the vents so the Egg runs around 350-400 degrees or medium high heat.

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

Place the flanken cut ribs on the cooking grate and cook until completely browned on all sides flipping each piece every 5-10 minutes.

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

You’ll know they’re done when they develop a beautiful, mahogany color on the outside. If some of the pieces start getting dark just move them around on the cooking grate.

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

This style of short rib is meant to be eaten well done. The fat renders and drips over the hot coals giving the meat a ton of flavor and the coals and pecan wood add the right amount of smoke.

Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs

If you love gnawing the last delicious morsels of meat off a good steak then you will go crazy over these Flanken Short Ribs.

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Brown Sugar Chipotle Flanken Short Ribs


  • 3lbs Flanken Cut Beef Short Ribs (cross-cut)
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Chipotle Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl, stir, and pour into a shaker or seasoning dredge.
  2. Apply generous coat of dry rub mixture to all sides of Flanken cut Short Ribs and pat gently.
  3. Prepare Big Green Egg for direct grilling at 350-400 degrees using Lump charcoal and pecan wood chunks for smoke flavor. Any type of grill can be used for this recipe.
  4. Arrange short rib pieces on cooking grate and cook for 35-40 minutes turning often. Short Rib pieces should be well browned on all sides. Cook until the outside is caramelized moving around the cooking surface as needed.
  5. Serve family style with your favorite sides and pickled items.

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  1. I thought most ribs needed to be cooked for hours to become tender? How can they become tender 35 minutes?

    Ps: They look amazing!

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      I was cooking at a higher temp. If you cook at a lower temp on a different smoker it might take longer. You just don’t wrap until you have the color you want – and cook them in the wrap until they are tender. The times are just a guideline.

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