You should never feel ashamed to ask your butcher for the cheaper cuts of meat. Often they are the most flavorful if prepared correctly. Read on, And I will teach you how to make the best beef short ribs I personally have ever eaten. So rich, So tender, And so cheap!
Step 1: Ingredients
1 Bottle of Sweet Red Wine.
1 bulb of Garlic, Peeled
1 can (6 ounce) Tomato Paste
1 Box (32 Ounce) Beef Broth
Oil (for braising, I prefer olive, But Veg. oil will work too)
Salt And Pepper, To taste
2 pounds Thick Cut Bacon
1 Medium Onion
8 Ounces of Whole White Mushrooms
Step 2: Prepare the Meat
Pre-Heat your oven, to 350 degrees.
Next, Lightly season the ribs, with salt and pepper.
Now, Oil up a pan with some olive oil, or even a good vegetable oil.
We are going to sear the ribs, So they hold the flavor and juices in.
It's really important to give them a good sear on all sides, For looks as well as taste.
Once they are done, place them bone side down, In a baking dish.
Then place the cloves of garlic around the meat. They are going to give your ribs an amazing flavor.
Step 3: Prepare the Liquid
Take the pan that has your oil and meat juices still in it, From the searing, And add the tomato paste.
We are going to cook down the tomato paste, stirring constantly. This step is important, because cooking it down removes the tart bitterness from the paste.
Next, Add 1/2 of the bottle of Red Wine to the paste, And continue stirring.
We are going to cook this, Stirring constantly, Until it is reduced by 50%.
When done, Pour the mixture in the baking dish over the ribs.
Add the beef broth last, And fill your dish until you are out of broth, Or there is only 1 inch of rib left showing.
Which ever happens first is fine.
Step 4: Slow Cooking the Ribs
Next, Cooking those beautiful ribs.
Cover the roasting pan with foil, to keep the steam in there, And to make sure those ribs stay moist.
Place it in the oven, And bake it, For 2 and 1/2 hours.
Now comes the next important step. You have 2 and a 1/2 hours to wait. Drink that other half of a bottle of wine ;) Adulting at it's finest!
Step 5: The Garnish
20 minutes before the timer runs out, Chop up the bacon into small 1 inch wide strips.
Fry it to a nice crisp, making sure not to burn it.
Remove the bacon from the grease.
Cut the mushrooms in half
Dice the onions into large chunks
Fry up the mushrooms and onions in the bacon grease, Until the onions turn clear. The bacon flavor will absorb right into the mushrooms and onions deliciously.
Drain off the grease, And add the bacon to the mushrooms and onions.
Step 6: The Wine Sauce
Remove the finished ribs from the baking pan, And place on a platter.
Strain the liquid from the baking dish through a fine strainer, Back into the searing pan, Making sure to mash the garlic cloves through the screen.
Add 2-3 Tbsp of flour into the sauce, And heat on medium, while whisking, Until it thickens up into a nice brown gravy. Salt and pepper to taste. The smell and taste will be AMAZING!!
Step 7: Assemble Your Creation
Arrange the ribs onto a platter.
Spoon all of the onions, mushrooms, and bacon over the top of the ribs. It seems like a lot, but the flavor and different texture is simply amazing!
Spoon 1/2 of the wine sauce over the meat. Save the other half for a gravy or dipping sauce. It goes GREAT with garlic mashed potatoes.
Step 8: Enjoy!
Plate up your ribs, And drizzle some of the remaining sauce over them.
Sit back, Relax, And let your family and friends be blown away with this amazing dish!
And most importantly, Enjoy it. You deserve it. You just created something awesome!!
See you next time!
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