Maple Mustard Short Rib Bacon Burgers

Say whaaaaaaaa? That recipe title is excessively long. But totally worth every word.

I’m really into these burgers right now. And if you haven’t tried Steve’s Original Paleo Chef’s Sauces and Dressing, you HAVE to. They’re freaking awesome. Remember when I made Peach BBQ Meatloaf with Steve’s Peach BBQ sauce. Well that recipe was good, but this is WAY better. I want to put this Maple Mustard dressing on everything. EVERYTHING.

Ok, so remember the other day when I told you all about why I stopped competing in CrossFit? Well, I definitely haven’t changed my mind. If anything, I don’t want to compete even more so at this point because I’m trying to find the time to create my second cookbook. Even with the daily sh*t I get from Jake, I still do not feel the need to compete. He’s a dummy.

Anywho, I am finding somethings’ hard to face. Like the fact that I’m so much weaker. And the fact that I have no where near the same capacity as I did before. And the fact that I get my ass stomped in workouts. Or even the look of disappointment from others. It’s frustrating. It really is. When you work so hard for something for so long and then it all goes away in such a short time, it’s pretty upsetting. But it’s the choice I made, and I’m living with it.

And I’ve come to find out that I am happier with my smaller self. And let’s make something clear, I’m about 145+/- pounds at 5’7″ so I’m not bone thin by any means. But since I’ve stopped training 2-3 times a day and stopped lifting so heavy, I’ve actually lost weight and feel much more comfortable in my own skin. It just comes to show how immensely different each body is. Especially when it comes to women. I have so many friends who are incredibly lean and jacked because of CrossFit, while other bodies, such as my own tend to increase in size with increasing the weight and intensity of workouts. Stupid bodies. Why can’t there be one answer for every one?

The biggest thing that I miss about competing and training to compete though, is the personal achievements that I made on a regular basis. These small things were huge for me. Whether it was because my muscle ups went well or because I snatched almost my body weight; those were the small feats that created happiness within myself. Those small feats created the feeling of self worth, self accomplishment. But now, since I will no longer hit those personal records or beat someone in a workout like I did before, I have to find happiness and accomplishment in other places. Happiness outside the gym. Happiness in other sorts of feats. Such as creating a delicious meal. Or making my friends happy with the food I prepared for them. Or coming out with my second cookbook.

Sorry I’m being so emotional. If you’ve ever met me in person, you know I wear my feelings on my sleeve. Who am I kidding, if you’ve read my blog for more than 2 posts, you know that I’m an emotional mess. So thanks for listening.


Maple Mustard Short Rib Bacon Burgers

  • Yield: 7 1x



For the short ribs

  • 4 pounds Beef Short Ribs
  • 1.5 cups Paleo Chef Mpale Mustard Sauce
  • ½ cup broth (chicken, vegetable, beef – whatever you can find without sugar)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the burgers

  • 1.5 pounds Grass Fed Ground Beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 78 pieces of bacon
  • extra Paleo Chef Maple Mustard Sauce to top burgers


  1. Place short ribs in the crockpot. Add broth to the crockpot.
  2. Top short ribs with the maple mustard sauce. Then with garlic cloves and salt and pepper.
  3. Place on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. When the short ribs are done cooking, preheat oven to 405 degrees and place bacon on a baking sheet. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
  5. Once short ribs are done cooking, use a fork to shred the ribs in a separate bowl, removing some of the excess fat.
  6. Then add the ingredients for the burgers into the bowl: ground beef, yellow onion, garlic cloves, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  7. For the ingredients into burger sized patties.
  8. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, add your burgers to the pan, making sure not to crowd the pan. I did my burgers in two batches to make sure not to crowd it. Cook on both sides for 4-5 minutes.
  9. Once bacon is done cooking and burgers are done as well, top bacon on the burgers and pour on a bit of the maple mustard sauce.
  10. Eat up. Add some greens to it, so it’s healthier for you. Greens are healthy. Duh.


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


63 thoughts on “Maple Mustard Short Rib Bacon Burgers”

  1. I’m the same type as you. I tend to get bigger with more training. Sigh.

    Thanks for all the great recipes. I started my Paleo journey on 1/1 with the 21DSD and haven’t looked back.

  2. So frustrating when you’re putting SO much time and effort into crossfit and eating well and you aren’t happy with your body. Many of us get it! I think it’s great that your focusing on your cookbook but seeing others surpass you in workouts is never easy.

  3. Stupid question, I’m fully aware: I assume you add the shredded ribs once you’re mixing the burger ingredients in the bowl, right?! I’ve read the recipe over a few times, but I don’t see when you add the ribs!

  4. Sweet Baby Justice! I think I just had a spiritual experience seeing those pics..

    Adding items to shopping list!!!

    Thanks again JB! Wicked Great stuff as always!

  5. These pictures are the very definition of food porn.

    I love your “emotional mess” posts, Juli. That vulnerability helps us all realize that it’s NOT JUST US who feel this way.

    I’m currently training for the Boston marathon thus having to give up on body comp for a while, thus feeling fat, feeling weak, etc. Never mind that I am training to run the BOSTON FUCKING MARATHON and I can go back to fat loss and strength when it’s over – but I will probably never get another chance to run Boston.

    Stupid brains, always thinking about the things we’re missing and forgetting to just ENJOY what we are doing now!

  6. CrossFit will always be there. I took 7 YEARS off from performing. And when I started again, it took me a bit to get back in, but I came back better than I was before. I took 1 year off from work….and my career…and baked cookies and did gardening…and I was afraid I made a really poor decision. Until I experience true happiness for a year. Then I got back into my career…and I was better than ever. With a clearer mind and a new balance.

    Happy trumps all.

  7. We love you whether you compete or not… However, if you stop making delicious recipes we might have to break up!

    Definitely making this soon for my boyfriend, maybe I can turn him paleo! 😉 *wishful thinking*

  8. Thanks Juli for being so open about your struggles! For the past year I too have been struggling with the downfall of not living up to expectations in the gym, but you helped me identify that I was letting the need for affirmation from others control my happiness. So I gave up my dream of one day competing and see the act of being healthy/working out as the reward and fun. Much happier and more content to just live and enjoy each day.

    And I made bacon wrapped dates for the first time yesterday and they are the best thing ever!

  9. I have a question ocmpletely unrelated to this recipe (despite the fact that it looks delicious). Do you know of any good CSAs or Farm Share programs in the Denver area? I’m looking for one and let’s just say that there are about 10,000 between Denver and Boulder…

  10. The stronger I get, the bigger I look, even though I eat clean and even do extra cardio… I’ve come to terms though.
    So you’re supposed to mix the uncooked ground beef with the cooked short ribs and then cook them together to make the patties? I’m a little confused but I want to make this, it looks amazing!!

  11. I appreciate your really honest posts. You are just saying what a lot of us feel. It is hard to do a workout and get the “you’ll do better next time” look…Its annoying.
    Love your site and your recipes. Thanks!

  12. I went through a similar-ish “coming to terms” when I decided to stop focusing on leaning out, and instead on being healthy. That was a big shift, and opposite of you, I got a little bigger. But I am much happier emotionally and mentally for it. There’s always a cost-benefit balance. So now I’m taking on challenges to make myself healthier instead of smaller… I write about on my link. Maybe pick another goal that will improve your life? Like focus on getting really really kick-ass sleep? Or improving your flexibility through yoga? Or meditate? I don’t know, but maybe you need a new challenge 🙂

  13. Juli, I thank you for this post….I realize I have been focusing a lot towards a goal and maybe if I relax a little I can be happier:)

  14. UGHHH!! I know how you feel about getting bigger. That is my body type also. Sucks. But crossfit has made me feel so much more comfortable in this body type. It is a place where gaining muscle is what everyone wants. And finishing a WOD RX’ed is a pretty great feeling.

    What I really want to know is what kind of bacon you get. I stand there and get so confused as to what follows paleo guidelines that I usually walk away. I haven’t touched bacon in over ten years, and I have never cooked it. It was one of those things on the “do not ever eat unless you want to be fat list” I don’t miss those days!

  15. “Stupid bodies. Why can’t there be one answer for every one?” AMEN.

    Thank you for the words so many of us can relate to. I too, am striving towards eating and training in the manner that suits MY body the best. It takes courage to disregard the criticisms, but at the end of the day? It’s your body. Brava.

  16. First, the looks you are seeing on others faces, which you are perceiving as disappointment… Are you sure? Are you projecting your disappointment onto others? I would be really surprised if those around you, those who love you are judging you based on your performance on any WOD or WL. Sorry for being all psycho analyst on you… Do what makes you happy, and don’t worry about what anyone else is thinking, because, more than likely, they aren’t thinking what you think they are, and they probably aren’t thinking about you…

    What I love most about crossfit is that it took my focus off of what I look like, off of the scale, and put it on my real accomplishments. I spent years running, chasing a number that was on the scale when I was 16. No matter how much I ran, how clean I ate, it wasn’t happening. Finding a goal that was outside an arbitrary number has done amazing things for my mental health. Maybe that will change as I spend more time doing crossfit, but for now, its my thing.

  17. Juli, your still a badass even if you don’t compete… I started my paleo journey in June and your blog was what made eating fun! After struggling with an eating disorder most of my life, paleo has made me for the first time be at peace with food. Thanks to your recipes I actually try new things and love it! Thank You! Keep being Awesome!

  18. By giving up competing for now you are able to focus on your gifts that are making a difference in the world EACH and EVERY day. If you reach a PR for a snatch, great, but 99% of people in this world dont really give a shit, and would probably be turned off if that’s all you talked about. We DO get excited, however, when you tell funny stories that brighten our days and give us yummy recipes that make us feel good!Nutrition and balance are far more important for overall health. Being active is important but working out doesn’t need to rule your life to stay healthy. From seeing comments I feel like a lot of your readers are really into training hard or hardcore about crossfit..but that’s only for some people, and good nutrition is for EVERYONE. You will continue to grow your fan base if you put Crossfit a little on the back burner and just do what is calling you. You are making a difference and I know you will continue to do so. Im enjoying your posts EVEN more now! You are so awesome!

  19. Oh. My. God. I need this burger NOW. This is phenomenol. At least it sounds that way. I love you for this.
    Do whatever it is that makes you happy right now. The past is the past. If cooking brings you happiness, follow it. You’re amazing at it. If CrossFit is your passion again next year, then switch things up again! We are on no one elses road but our own.

  20. I’ve been following your blog for a little while. I’ve never made a comment until now….
    First off, the recipe looks amazing! I think I was drooling while looking at the pictures 🙂
    Second, I’m just curious how you felt while you were competing? Injuries?
    I haven’t been doing CF for too long, but I am amazed at some of these women that will lift crazy amounts of weight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always impressed but it’s just not my goal. Maybe I’m not competitive enough? My goal is actually pretty simple and pathetic….I just want to look good naked! :)lol I don’t think that’s too much to ask!!
    Keep doing what makes you happy! You obviously have many talents!

    1. sorry it took me so long to comment back! i felt constantly achy and tight while i was competing. that was my own fault for not stretching and doing enough mobility. i did injure my shoulder as well as my opposite elbow, both which have no fully recovered. I’m the same way now, I just want to feel good naked.

  21. hi juli! this is kinda nerdy, but i figured i would share… i keep an excel sheet of all of my personal crossfit goals, when i achieve them and the “practice results” from each wod. for example, i’m working on getting 50 35# kettle bell swings in a row so each wod that has KBS, i record the weight and how many times in a row i get it; same for my goal at RX HSPU (i’m at kipping 1AM HSPU right now) and so on.. you might not set PRs but i’m sure you could track goals at whatever “lower weights” you are doing or how many MUs you want to get in a row etc. anyways, my point is that, like you, i love that feeling of “oh, i just accomplished that!” and my excel tracker has really helped me to get those feelings that im working towards something (whatever it is)!

  22. Juli- Just wanted to say that I have experienced the EXACT same thing. I had to lay off of CrossFit during December because of health issues and have now dropped back to 3 days a week instead of 5. I have also gone to lower weights with more reps. I look and feel MUCH better. It does sort of go against the typical CrossFit mentality, but there is no doubt in my mind it is working for me. Love your recipes and blog. All the best!

  23. Glad you found your happy place! Enjoy it and don’t let others disappointments upset you, they should be worried about themselves, not you!

  24. I’ve been following your blog for quite sometime now and I absolutely LOVE it! I was wondering what some of the better places to order grass fed meat from for decent prices? I have a whole foods across town and make that journey about every 3rd day but it would be nice to stock up on some proteins.

  25. I’m with you, I’m competitive and I work hard, but whenever I read all these athlete profiles for the Open or whatever, I just feel discouraged. I was obese until 2-3 years ago and have never been athletic at all. I may be among the top females at my gym, but I can never compete with anyone who played high school and college sports, or was just born athletic. Case in point: my sister, she’s only 5 ft tall and has never done competitive swimming, but she enrolled in a competition on a whim and beat every single girl there, including huge muscular girls who are almost a foot taller than her – and swim regularly. SO JELLY.

  26. This sounds so good! I found a similar recipe to use for roasts. It has maple syrup, soy sauce, and dijon mustard. Holy crap, it’s good! Can’t wait to try this recipe! My mouth is already watering…

  27. I can totally relate–as a college athlete I had to transition from exercising 4+ hours per day to having a day job… definitely a transition with what/how much I ate and my body composition changed. Don’t let the others get you down, it’s about YOU and your happiness!

    Thank you for sharing all your recipes and life experiences! Totally brightens my day!

  28. Here’s the thing about serious CrossFitters. They focus on ONE thing. And that’s CrossFit. Do you think they’re missing out on anything? I sure do. I think sometimes it’s good to take a break from doing, and think about how you feel. Why force yourself to do something that you’re just not feelin’? If you feel like you wanna do a WOD, do a WOD. If you don’t want to compete anymore, you’d only make yourself miserable in forcing yourself to do it. If you change your focus to find happiness in other places, you know what you will find. Balance. It’s so peaceful. I had it once. Trying to get it back. Keep making good food, and keep being you. I mean, you are what you eat…right?

  29. These are amazing. I did not mix it all together but instead topped the burger with the shredded short ribs and it was really to die for. Thanks

  30. Holy crap these were delicious!! Love your recipes and rants!! Have been telling all paleo friends to check you out! Thanks!

  31. Do that much meat really only makes 7 burgers? I feel like it should make so many more. Sounds amazing!

  32. Megan Nicholson

    These burgers were off the chart good. I had 2 girlfreinds over for paleo dinner, and we all LOVED. Thanks!

  33. Am I missing the recipe for the maple mustard sauce on here? Is it just simply mixing together maple syrup and mustard?

    1. the link for the sauce is in the post. but you could also mix together maple and mustard if you can’t get ahold of that soon enough

  34. Made this week for Fam and Friends (kids too) they all really enjoyed it. I learned some things as well during the prep process that will help the next time.

  35. I made these for supper last night…Delicious! I didn’t have the maple mustard sauce available so I threw a lil BBQ on it….holy crap! Yes, will be making these again and really spoiled myself thinking this is truly the ONLY way to make burgers!!

  36. These were AMAZING!!!!

    My husband and I just devoured them! Instead of onion, we added jalapeños. And I didn’t buy the Maple Mustard sauce, I made my own with a little honey Dijon and maple syrup. Omfw… Amazing! You’re BRILLIANT!!!!

  37. I just made these and they’re DELICIOUS!!!! Any tips on getting the burgers to “stick together”? My patties fell completely and utterly apart during the cooking process! (Don’t worry, I still ate them, and they were still amazing!)

  38. Question: I’m not up for buying to maple mustard sauce right now ($5.75 + $9 shipping for one – and I’m afraid to buy more until I know I like it!)… any recommended replacements? I”m dying to make this… looks amazing like everything else I’ve made from your site…

    Fingers crossed! -Danielle

      1. Would you recommend the one you use for your maple mustard chicken?

        I’m not usually one to just wing it (:

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