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Grilled Short Ribs with Smoked Spanish Paprika Rub

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Grilled Short Ribs with Smoked Spanish Paprika Rub

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I’m a sucker for short ribs. I saw these beauties in the meat case at my local grocery store – flanken cut beef short ribs, lined up in their trays – and I had to buy them. Had to, I tell you!

Flanken style short ribs are the style popularized in Korean grilling, cut across the bone, about 1/4 inch thick. I wasn’t in the mood for Korean, though; We had stir fry for dinner last night. I had a taste for something a little more American, so I went with… Smoked Spanish Paprika rub. (Yes, I know, not very American. Oh, well.)

What does Flanken mean, anyhow? It’s derived from the Yiddish and German word for “flank”, because the ribs are cut from the flank of a side of beef. Flanken was a cheap cut, because it is tough and chewy; normally it takes long, slow cooking to tenderize it. Don’t use thick cut short ribs for this; save them for braises or barbecue. But cut the short ribs thin enough, and they become perfect for grilling, with a big beefy taste.

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Grilled Short Ribs with Smoked Spanish Paprika Rub |

Grilled Short Ribs with Smoked Spanish Paprika Rub

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 3 pounds of ribs 1x


Grilled Short Ribs with Smoked Spanish Paprika Rub. Thin cut flanken style short ribs on the grill with a quick, easy spice rub.


  • 3 pounds flanken-style short ribs (short ribs cut about 1/4-inch thick across the bones)

Spice Rub

  • 1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Sprinkle the ribs with the spice rub: Mix the spice rub ingredients until they are completely combined. Sprinkle the ribs with the rub until they are completely coated. (You may have some leftover rub – save it in a jar and use it next time.) Let the short ribs rest at room temperature while the grill preheats.
  2. Preheat the grill for direct medium heat: Preheat grill for direct cooking over medium heat.▪ Gas grill: Preheat on high for 10 minutes, clean the grill grates with a grill brush, then turn the heat down to medium.▪ Charcoal grill: Light the coals and wait for them to be covered with gray ash. Spread in a single layer of coals over the charcoal grate. Put the grill grate on the grill, and clean with a grill brush.
  3. Cook ribs for 4 minutes a side: Set the short ribs on the grill over direct heat, and cook for about 4 minutes a side, until they are well browned. (I flip the short ribs in a 2-2-2-2 pattern. 2 minutes, flip, 2 minutes, flip and rotate 90 degrees to get a crosshatch of grill marks, 2 minutes, flip (still rotated), 2 minutes.) Remove ribs to a plate and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Short ribs are so thin that “doneness” doesn’t really come in to play. That’s fine; short ribs are all about the crispy, spicy crust, and big beefy taste. Cook them until they’re well browned and don’t worry about medium-rare.


  • A grill (I love my massive Weber Summit grill, but it is probably overkill for this recipe. I use the extra space for some side dishes.)
  • Tongs are my hands on the grill
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Amy says

    This was a hit! The rub was absolutely fantastic! I have a Traeger so I ended up smoking/grilling at 375 for about 7 mins each side and they were fantastic!

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