The Best Meat Lover’s July 4th Grill Party Appetizer

Beef Short Ribs, grilled When you’ve got a barbeque going I’ve always thought it silly and wasteful to spend all that time building the fire and then grilling that steak for all of 10 minutes. Nothing wrong with a steak but letting things cook long and slow–a real BBQ always seemed more fun and a great way to precede the steak. Here’s an idea for starting your grill party with a grilled food that no one has to wait for since you need to have the charcoal going many hours before anyone arrives. And how cool is it to be able to pass off a grilled appetizer when people arrive and are hungry to munch on something? These beef short ribs have to cook a good long time because they need to be tender enough to eat without utensils. I’m providing two spice rubs for you to choose from and both are delicious.
Barbecued Beef Short Ribs
Cajun-style spice mix
1 tablespoon hot paprika
3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Simple spice mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Extra-virgin olive oil
For the ribs
4 pounds beef short ribs

1. Prepare a hot charcoal fire with double the amount of coals you would use for grilling a steak and when the coals are glowing push them to one side of the grill and let the fire die down until the heat is medium or preheat a gas grill on medium for 15 minutes.
2. Choose your spice mix. Combine the spice mix, then rub all the surfaces of the ribs with it. Place the ribs on the grill on the opposite side from where the coals are, partially cover, and slowly barbecue until tender, about 6 hours, turning the ribs every 15 minutes, and uncovering the barbecue if they seem to be blackening and cooking too quickly. Add coals if and when necessary. Cook until crusty on the outside and the meat can be pulled off with your fingers.
Makes 4 to 6 servings

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