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Short Ribs

Anyone know where the cheapest place to buy big chunk short ribs are? I live in Pasadena, but can go as far as OC or LA. Not the thin kind used for Korean bbq, but the kind used for braising? I need to buy about 25lbs for a party but I am on a limited budget. Thank you so much!

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  1. Hard to find them cheap the last few years. But I've noticed some asian markets and latino markets seem to have them cheaper than others. I've noticed Top Valu seems to be about $.50-1 a pound cheaper. Top Valu seems to put them on sale regularly and run around $3/lb


    1. Try Cost Co. Note, they only sell boneless short-ribs.

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      1. I've tried to buy it at Ralph's before and the meat attached to each rib was pretty slim. I know you asked for the cheapest, and they probably aren't, but I would just get it at Hows. If they don't have any, they'll order it for you... just give it a few days. And if you decide you want to spend the big bucks, go down the street to Howie's/Alexander's.

        If you really wanted to go cheap, I would do what Jase recommends and go to a carniceria. I've never seen short ribs in big chunks at the asian markets.

        1. If you are in Pasadena, go to Alexander's Meats inside of Howie's Market in San Gabriel. I've gotten terrific short ribs there.

          1. For a party, Costco, definitely. They are boneless, meaty. Probably about 3/4# each piece.

            1. Try Stater Brothers. I bought 15lbs last year to make Christmas dinner. I don't recommend buying them form the Asian market. The ones I found at 99 Ranch were mostly fat.

              99 Ranch
              17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

              1. Agree with Costco boneless short ribs.
                You'll end up saving money since you aren't paying for the bone and can probably get by with 20 pounds rather than 25 pounds w/bone.
                Went to a wedding this weekend and the main course was short ribs served family style, sure enough they were boneless short ribs...maybe from Costco?

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                1. re: monku

                  Is the greater cost of boneless ribs compensated for by the savings on bone weight? As someone who makes short ribs every month or two, I can tell you that bone marrow gives the braising sauce a deep, rich flavor that would go into the garbage can if you paid a butcher to remove the bones. (Unless he gives them to you for cooking with the meat, but then why pay a pro to do something that's one skill above boiling water?)


                  1. re: Harry Niletti

                    My personal observation is the price/lb. of the boneless at Costco vs bone-in at the market is they are the same if not a little cheaper at Costco. Why Costco sells it boneless is beyond me.

                    As far as bone marrow I'm sure it adds flavor your preparation. In most places I order short ribs or even home preparation the marrow from the bones is still intact with the bone.

                    1. re: Harry Niletti

                      Agree. The final dish will have a much better flavor if the bones are intact. I usually buy short-ribs at Gelson's or order them online from a ranch that raises 100% grass-fed cattle.