There are two wonderfully rich and delicious rib sections of beef; the Short Ribs are the most popular, lets take a closer look…
The Beef Short Rib
You’ve probably had braised or pot roasted short ribs in the winter, great stuff; but marinate and grill slowly and they’re even better (well, I think so). Marinating infuses this rich marbled cut with flavorful liquids that steam, braising and tenderizing as the ribs brown slowly. Beef Short Ribs can be cut a variety of ways! We can get you single whole ribs, cross cut Flanken ribs, or boneless center cuts. There are plenty of great ways to cook them, here’s what I suggest…
Thin Sliced Short Ribs
Start with Tony’s thinly sliced Boneless or Flanken Ribs. Note: Call ahead as we do not always have them in stock, but will gladly custom cut. Marinate for 2-12 hours in a Tony’s Marinade of your choosing; turning several times for even saturation. Other excellent options include East West Spicy Teriyaki or Busha Browne’s Jamaican Jerk Rub.
Light a dual temperature BBQ grill (very low heat on one side, lid closed, adjust between 250-300 degrees), or even better a Big Green Egg. Mist low temp side of grill with oil; add marinated ribs and BBQ as slowly as possible. When they start looking done, begin testing for tenderness with a little taste. Keep tasting and cooking until they’re as done as you like. Conditions can vary so much that I hate to not give a time, but it’s easier than it sounds.
Brush sauces and glazes on near the end of cooking time, keep and mind that they can burn quickly! Once done to your taste, remove to a plate, cover and rest 5 minutes before serving.
Beef Flanken Ribs
BBQ Whole Short Rib
This is another great option that I particularly love, but you don’t see it done often… Have our butcher get you whole single short ribs and then remove the bones, leaving a long rectangular chunk. Marinate overnight (I suggest our Santa Maria Marinade), rest at room temperature for 1-2 hours and bbq slowly as above, cooking to about 130° internal, glazing with sauce if desired. Remove from heat, cover and rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain.These juicy rib / steaks turn out about medium rare and are to die for dipped in the Tony’s BBQ Sauce of your choice (sweet, bold or hot). Or marinate in our Santa Maria, Teriyaki or Hawaiian and glaze with sweet Thai Chilli Sauce (Mae Ploy brand available in our markets). Again I hate to give times, but the slower they cook the better they will be.
Braised and Grilled Short Ribs
The Beef Baby Back Slab Ribs
These aren’t short ribs, but they’re so delicious I need to at least mention them here. Like the pork baby backs, beef back rib slabs are cut from the Prime Rib. The bones are much bigger than pork baby backs and the meat between the ribs is richer, juicier and more flavorful than pork, albeit chewier (which is not necessarily a bad thing!) Cooking is much the same as other ribs; I suggest braising about 90 minutes and finishing on the grill, or cook them low and slow on an indirect grill, Big Green Egg or smoker. More on Beef Baby Ribs in a future blog.
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