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November 09, 2015


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Grilled Jerk Buffalo Ribs

This recipe will work for both short ribs and back ribs with a little adjustment, which is noted below. You may want to double this recipe as seconds are often requested.

grilled bison ribs

Ingredients (Makes 2 to 4 servings):

Jerk Marinade


  • 1 - cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ - cup soy
  • 3 - cloves garlic
  • ¼ - cup brown sugar
  • 2 - tablespoons jerk seasoning 

Jerk Seasoning

  • 6 ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 3 ½ tsp. salt
  • 2  tsp. brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • ¾ tsp. ginger
  • ¾ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. anise
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  1. Rinse ribs and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Mix all marinade ingredients together in blender and pulse to incorporate.
  3. Divide marinade in half.
  4. For BACK RIBS: Place ribs and half of marinade in plastic bag and massage marinade into ribs. Marinate ribs for 4 to 24 hours hours.
  5. For SHORT RIBS: Place ribs in slow cooker with half of marinade and 1 cup of water. Cover and braise for 6 hours on medium. Increase heat to shorten braising time or decrease heat to lengthen braising time. Meat will become very tender and bones may fall away. If your preference is for chewier ribs, decrease braising time.
  6. Mix the other half of marinade with ketchup and set aside.
  7. Remove ribs from marinade, shaking off excess, (do carefully for braised ribs, as meat will be fall-apart tender). Place ribs on foil, curling edges of foil to hold ribs in place, but leaving top open. Brush both sides of ribs with Jerk BBQ sauce.
  8. Pre-heat gas grill to medium high heat of about 400°.
  9. Place foil pan of ribs on grill over heat and make a few slits in the foil with a knife. Close grill lid and grill for 6 minutes each side. Remove SHORT RIBS, but repeat process for BACK RIBS adding more sauce if desired.

Serve Jerk Buffalo Ribs with Fruited Coleslaw, and Coconut Rice with Black Beans. These accompaniments are very complimentary to this dish. 


Vicki Symonds

January 14, 2017

How many people does this recipe serve?

Rebecca Adams

August 11, 2017

Can I braise the short ribs in the oven rather than crock pot?

jill / Wild Idea Buffalo Co.

January 17, 2018

This recipe wills serve 4 to 6 people, based on appetites.

As for braising in the oven – yes, that works great too and my preferred way.
Braise at 350 degrees for about two and a half hours for short ribs and about
45 minutes for back ribs.


January 22, 2018

This recipe is so good!
My edits were: coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, and coconut aminos instead of soy, which effectively makes this paleo. I braised for 3.5-4 hours in the oven – they weren’t tender enough at 2.5 hours.
The meal was a big hit, and I will definitely make it again. Thank you!

Emil Gercke

December 31, 2018

Thank you! These were great, I’ve always had great success with your recipes.

Phil Barta

January 03, 2019

I’d never prepared short ribs.
Followed this recipe to a T, including coconut rice with black beans, on New Year’s Day. Slow cooked short ribs for 6+ hours. 6 minutes per side on foil, on grill was exactly perfect. Great family meal to start the year. Thank you!

Howard Haber

March 04, 2019

Made a variation of this yesterday, I did them a bit spicier and I upped the bbq sauce to include some hot mustard. Overall just amazing!!!

John Owens

July 02, 2020

Can they be smoked on a big green egg? Or is there not enough fat?


July 02, 2020

John, I do not have any experience with “green egg grills”, but I would recommend putting your smoke on first (30 minutes) and then braising for tenderness. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Thank you!

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