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Nov 29, 2004 12:13 PM

Short Ribs

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going to take my first stab at this fall/winter favorite. can the hounds point me in the direction of a simple, but delicious recipe for a nice, slow cooked beef short rib dinner this weekend. i have 3 lbs of bone-in short ribs and a new kitchen. please help! thanks!


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  1. Season with S&P, roll in flour.

    Put a layer of sliced onions in a baking dish, put the floured beef on top, cook uncovered in a preheated hot (~450) oven for ~15 minutes. Add ~1/4 lb (more or less depending on how much you like bacon) chopped bacon. Cover and reduce heat to slow (~325) cook for ~1 hour, add ~1 cup red wine, cook covered for another hour, drain off fat. Add mushrooms if desired in the last ~15-30 minutes.

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      1. re: fatboy

        salt and pepper, no specific quantity, just to your liking - be it fresh ground, out of a jar, in a bag whacked with a big spoon, whatever ; )

        1. re: Sweet Pea

          Thanks for the explanation, I'm not that fluent in abbreviations.

    1. However I make short ribs on any given occasion, I almost always make them the day before, let them cool in the liquid, then chill overnight.

      I think the flavor improves this way, and of course it's very easy to lift off the large amount of now-solid fat that the ribs have exuded into the sauce.

      Another refinement that I have adopted is being SUPER careful not to let the temperature reach the boiling point. This takes some finesse, especially if you have kind of a dinky stove like me, and may add an hour or two to your cooking time. I have to use two flame tamers stacked on on top of the other in order to keep the liquid hot, but not bubbling. I find that this approach, rather than simmering (or, as many recipes suggest, putting them in a covered pot in a 350 oven where they boil away), results in supremely tender and juicy meat.


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      1. re: Tom Meg

        I agree with your cooking suggestions and BTW, your new website is very nice.

        1. re: Tom Meg

          Can't your slow and low cooking method be achieved by using a crock pot/slow cooker?

          1. re: Norm

            I only have one of those teeny tiny crockpots, which seems to run a little hotter than i'd like. I have my eye on one of those fancy new models where you can set the exact temperature...


        2. This is a more-or-less standard short ribs recipe: salt the ribs, brown well on all sides and set aside. Remove excess fat from pan, saute a couple cups of mirepoix (onion, carrot, celery) until just beginning to color. Return ribs to pan, add bay leaf, thyme and red wine to a depth of half to two-thirds of the ribs. Bring to a simmer, cover, and place in 325 degree oven for about 2 hrs or so (begin checking the ribs at about an hour and a half - you're aiming for meltingly tender without falling apart). Regulate heat to maintain a very lazy simmer and replace liquid if necessary. When done, remove ribs and keep warm while you strain the cooking liquid and then reduce it (a lot), then enrich with a bit of butter, pour over the ribs and serve. I agree that they're better if made a day or more ahead and reheated, but who can wait?

          1. I just bought the Bouchon cookbook. The recipe for Beef Bourgignon calls for shortribs. Has anyone tried this recipe? How did it turn out?

            1. I make short ribs every fall and this particular recipe really stands out. Tea-Spiced Short ribs: 3 lbs in defintely not enough. This recipe calls for about 5 lbs. Definitely make the day ahead as this is a very fatty dish and you can remove most of the fat the following day. The recipe is found on the Food & Wine - oct. 2003 site. If you have a problem, just post and I will submit it, however, it's fairly long.

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              1. re: Doreen

                I am getting an error page on the F&W site for the recipe. Would you mind posting it? Thanks a bunch.