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


  • Rinse ribs and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Mix all marinade ingredients together in blender and pulse to incorporate.
  • Divide marinade in half, using half for marinating or braising. Mix the other half of reserved marinade with ketchup to create a Jerk BBQ sauce.
  • 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. Or, 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.
    For BACK RIBS: Place ribs and half of marinade in plastic bag and massage marinade into ribs. Marinate ribs for 4 to 24 hours.
  • For SHORT RIBS: Remove ribs from braising liquid (do carefully for braised ribs, as meat will be fall apart tender). Place the ribs on heavy duty foil, curling the edges of foil to create a pan. Brush both sides of ribs with Jerk BBQ sauce.
  • For BACK RIBS: Remove the ribs from the marinade, shaking off excess marinade and place the ribs on foil, curling edges up to make a pan. Brush both sides of ribs with Jerk BBQ sauce.
  • Pre-heat a gas grill to medium high heat of about 400°.
  • For SHORT RIBS: Place the foil pan of ribs on the grill over heat. Once on the grill make a few slits in the foil pan with a knife. Close the grill lid and grill for 3 minutes each side, or until ribs are to a desired state of BBQ stickiness.
  • For BACK RIBS: Place the foil pan of ribs on the grill over heat. Once on the grill make a few slits in the foil pan with a knife.  Close the grill lid and grill for 3 minutes each side, and then repeat, brushing with 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.


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  • This recipe is simply amazing! Fall-off-the-bone tender, delicious meat with a perfect blend of sweet & spicy in the jerk marinade and BBQ sauce. Your recipes have never failed me – you’re my go-to chef – thanks for all that you do!

  • 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!

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

    John Owens
  • 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!!!

    Howard Haber
  • 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!

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

    Emil Gercke
  • 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!

  • 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.

    jill / Wild Idea Buffalo Co.
  • Can I braise the short ribs in the oven rather than crock pot?

    Rebecca Adams
  • How many people does this recipe serve?

    Vicki Symonds

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