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Dec 18, 2013 07:14 PM

Short ribs...I just don't get the attraction.

They sound wonderful, they look delicious, but I have always been disappointed when I've had them. I see so many people suggesting short ribs as a prime rib or roast beef replacement for the holidays. Whenever I have been served them or ordered them in restaurants, I find they just don't deliver on the specialness of a nice roasted piece of beef or a perfectly seared steak.

Does anybody else feel that way?

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  1. I find they just don't deliver on the specialness of a nice roasted piece of beef ....

    I'm assuming you are referencing on having them in a braise before and not being wowed. I've had slow roasted Short Ribs done to Medium-Rare/Medium and as BBQ Beef Dino Ribs .

    I thought both were pretty, pretty, good. Korean BBQ can also be very good if marinated properly.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Yes, whenever I had them they were braised. I see a lot of people recommending braised short ribs to replace roasts for the holidays.

      And I admit that Korean BBQ short ribs can be wonderful. I don't even think of them as the same dish!

    2. I don't usually order short ribs in a restaurant because I make braised short ribs at home and they are great.

      I don't care for prime rib or roast beef at all.

      1. Restaurants is a different question; obviously you'll be ordering what you find most special.

        Braises are more of a home-cooking kind of thing, and to me more delicious than just straight meat. Short ribs make an especially full-bodied sauce; I love to be served them at a dinner party.

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        1. re: ellabee

          I've been in many restaurants that promote their short ribs as a special dish. I have never actually ordered them in a restaurant, but have had tastes when my SO or friends have ordered them. I have always been disappointed.

          I am questioning why people are recommending short ribs as a replacement to a perfectly roasted piece of meat.

          1. re: Springhaze2

            I've roasted, grilled and broiled my share of quality premium meats....I enjoy properly prepared braised OxTail and Short Ribs much more.

            One thing about restaurants offering any type of braised meat...Veal, Beef , Pork or Lamb...Pot Roast, Short Ribs or Osso Buco or any other.....there are many products available through wholesale already prepared. The restaurants you may have had them in may have used these I can see them being a bit bland.....however, when i go to fine dining establishment, this I do not expect or have received in the past. At my friends place....they braise with wine or beer....and it is fantastic.

          2. re: ellabee

            Restaurants also braise their meats; the method is not limited to home cooking.

            1. re: Cherylptw

              I didn't mean restaurants don't serve braised meats. I meant that the issue of "specialness" is a totally different one in evaluating restaurant food -- and largely irrelevant to a home cooking forum.

              It's also just true that braising is more of a home cooking kind of dish than, say, roast prime rib is.

          3. I agree - if it's a seared steak that you want, or a perfect slice of prime rib roast, short ribs are not going to fill your cravings. That being said, though - short ribs are a great cut of meat and are absolutely delicious when properly braised to falling-off-the-bone perfection. but it's two totally different flavor profiles, the steak and the short ribs

            1. I'm with you. I also don't like pot roast, and I feel like short ribs usually end up tasting like pot roast.

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                1. re: Springhaze2

                  I think it matters what you braise them with. I find short ribs to be one of the most flavorful and succulently tender forms of beef there is.
                  Frankly, I'd choose them over a broiled steak or filet mignon any day.

                    1. re: scubadoo97

                      Me three.

                      And in answer to the OP's question "why people are recommending short ribs as a replacement to a perfectly roasted piece of meat."

                      Because some people like short ribs and don't like roast beef or a perfectly roasted piece of meat.