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Traeger Grilled Beef Short Rib Lollipop

These Traeger Grilled Beef Short Ribs are a definite must-have for your collection of grilling recipes for this season! Cut and trimmed into a “lollipop” style, then cooked low and slow on the Traeger Grill with my homemade BBQ sauce, fall off the bone tender and savory flavors will have your family licking their fingers and asking for MORE!

Traeger Grilled Beef Short Rib Lollipop

Ribs are a popular choice when it comes to grilling. They are easy to prepare and as long as you don’t get into a rush when it comes to cooking them, you’ll have success every time! Braised, smoked or grilled the key is low and slow for these delicious short ribs.

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What are beef short ribs?

Beef short ribs are basically the same cut as pork spare ribs. Beef ribs come in two different kinds. Those are beef short ribs and beef back ribs.

Short ribs are a cut from the short plate section, near the flank and brisket areas, or near the bottom of the animal. You can choose bone-in or boneless when buying. They used to be a cheap cut of meat until it was discovered that cooked properly, they are a tender, delectable alternative to pork ribs.

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That being said, this isn’t your typical short rib, and aren’t always available everywhere you go. If you do find one though, it is really a treat. Ask your local butcher if they ever have these in stock and grab a few to try! The meat will be removed and then rolled up and tied to the bone. 

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What should I look for when buying short ribs?

When buying your short ribs be sure to inspect the package to make sure that each bone has a good portion of meat on it. They should also have a good amount of marbling.

Short ribs and back ribs are available in different “grades”. What you will find at your local grocery store will be the select grade meat and is least expensive. Choice and prime grades are usually available at certain grocers or butcher shops, but cost more because you’ll find more marbling which adds to the flavor and tenderness.

Kobe or Wagyu beef is beef from the Tajima strain of Japanese Black cattle and may only be available if special ordered at your butcher. This beef is considered a delicacy.

You also have a choice of organic, grass-fed or conventional beef. Organic being typically the most expensive compared to grass-fed or conventional.

How many pounds should I buy?

It depends on the specific cut, but a reasonably hungry person could definitely have one of these to themselves. I’d suggest serving this as a part of a bunch of barbecue offerings rather than all on its own. 

What is a “lollipop” short rib?

The “lollipop” short rib is simply a rib where the bone has been cut from the meat then cleaned by removing any meat or fat. Then the meat is cut, trimmed of fat and wrapped around the bone and secured with kitchen twine or string.

They are then seasoned and smoked, braised, or grilled slowly. Some choose to cook them “standing” with the bones resting together to provide support for the “tower”.

If you are intimidated by attempting this cut at home, you can always ask your butcher to prepare them this way for you.

What should I serve with these ribs?

BBQ Ribs are great any time of the year, but especially in the nicer weather months when you can kick off your shoes and have the kids playing in the yard while you run the grill.

BBQs always bring to mind sides that only tend to appear in the summer! I have many ideas here for several perfect side dishes that would compliment these Grilled Beef Short ribs.

  1. Homemade Coleslaw
  2. Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
  3. Greek Pasta Salad
  4. Creamy Noodles
  5. Loaded Baked Potato Salad

If you want to include a vegetable option, my BBQ Wood Fired Veggie Tray is a GREAT option for variety and also continuing with the wood-fired flavor of the ribs. Or Traeger Grilled Corn on the Cob is another option that everyone loves!

My Traeger Smoked Macaroni and Cheese is DELISH! Again keeping with the wood-fired smoky flavors and not to mention…….KID FRIENDLY!!!!!!!!

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If you want to go traditional, you could always whip up a pot full of homemade mashed potatoes, or even polenta. Serve some warm corncakes on the side and there you have a heart-warming home-cooked meal to serve your family and friends.

CORN bread in pancake form. WAY less mess than cornbread or muffins, great texture that's perfect for chili.

Personally, I like to get full use of my Traeger Grill(s) to make my WHOLE meal. Saves time and prevents me from running back and forth to the kitchen all while my guests are trying to visit with me. Just bring out your stuff and your beverage and hang outside with the rest of the fun crowd.

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Traeger Beef Short Rib Lollipop

Traeger Beef Short Rib Lollipop

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

These tender smoked short ribs are slow-cooked on the pellet grill until they are fork tender and amazing.



  1. Preheat your pellet grill according to factory instructions to 275°.
  2. Season all sides of the lollipop with the rub, and place on the grill.
  3. Cook for approximately 3-4 hours, turning regularly, until the meat is tender.
  4. Baste with barbecue sauce during the last 30 minutes, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 85mg Sodium: 60mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 22g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Love this short rib lollipop recipe. Thank you for share.