Braised Short Ribs with Root Beer BBQ Sauce

For incredibly soft beef that melts in your mouth, bake short ribs. This recipe makes a memorable main meal with a homemade root beer BBQ sauce that is flavorful and sticky-sweet.

My dad is a chef, and he launched his first restaurant in my hometown of Florida when I was twelve years old. A variation of these braised short ribs was one of the original recipes that was served for years on the menu.

Southerners love their barbecue sauces sweetened and flavorful with Coke. Nevertheless, my preteen mind was completely blown when I saw my dad cut open a massive pouch of concentrated root beer syrup (meant for the soda machine) and transform it into a delectable sauce, even though neither Floridians nor Southerners actually consider Florida to be in the South.

Since short ribs are already rich and luscious, drenching them in this sticky, sweet sauce really elevates them. The combination of root beer, cinnamon, star anise, mustard, soy sauce, and coffee gives the BBQ sauce a lot of depth. It perfectly balances the sweetness of the ribs without being overbearing.

This recipe from a family restaurant turns a tough cut of beef into a delicate and luscious dish fit for a special occasion with just a little preparation and a special sauce.

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