Hawaiian Inspired Short Ribs

3 1/2 lb boneless beef short ribs*
20 oz canned pineapple rings in juice
1 kiwi, halved

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup ponzu sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
2 tablespoons ginger juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil

Rub the meat on all sides with the kiwi. Discard the kiwi. Place the meat and all remaining ingredients in a resealable bag or marinating container and refrigerate for 24 hrs. Prep your grill. Place a foil tray filled with water in the grill. Arrange the coals around the tray. Place the beef over the pan and cook slow and low for about 1 hr-90 minutes or until fully cooked and tender.

*If you use bone-in, use about 5 lbs.

My thoughts:

This was a fairly fabulous dinner. I’d heard that rubbing ribs with kiwi makes them extra tender and I am not sure if that was because of the kiwi or what, but it is worth a shot, right? Anyway, these were super simple to make and really tender and juicy. I just dumped everything in a marinating container overnight then grilled them. The water underneath not only catches the fat dripping off (no flare ups!) but it also helps keep them moist. One of my favorite no fuss grilling projects.


  1. Sounds good!

    I'm inspired to try this for my family.

    Wonder if unripe papaya can do the trick as well? I've heard about the meat tenderizing effect of papaya – but the Kiwi tip is new for me.

    One person tried using unripe papaya on steak, and wrote about it in one of the forums. She ended up with mush. I guess it's tenderizing effect can be TOO potent.

    I guess I'll stick to your kiwi tip!

    Thanks for posting!

  2. Hi, I am from Australia and subscribe to your blog…I think it is wonderful. I would love to make this recipe but need a little help with a couple of ingredients. What is ponzu sauce? Also when you refer to kiwi is that a kiwi fruit?
    thanks so much.
    Warm regrads

  3. Angela,
    Yes, kiwifruit. Ponzu sauce is a Japanese citrusy soy sauce.

  4. Thanks so much,

  5. looks fabulous! amazingly enough, I have everything for this in my pantry but for the ribs and kiwi. Before I begin…did I miss what the recipe calls to do with the pineapple? Thanks for another great idea!