The description goes: “Stick to your ribs”. That’s winter food at its very best. The kind that brings such a feeling of comfort, such a feeing of nourishment… that’s good winter food.
And nothing quite says it like some good braised meat.
Short ribs are wonderful for a pile of reasons. They’re typically:
- An inexpensive cut
- Easy to cook
- Easy to make delicious
- Contain good fats IF SOURCED from a good place
- Cooked in nourishing bone broth
The key, really, is to source the beef ribs from a happy place. Find a good farmer who produces grass-fed, naturally-raised, cruelty-free beef and ask them to butcher some ribs for you. Or talk to your butcher about sourcing, as well.
The bone broth is important, too. It’s truly a superfood and it’s so easy to make. If you find good bones use them like the gold they are and make a good stock.
Both the bone broth and this rib recipe freeze beautifully
- 3 pounds grass-fed beef short ribs, cut between bone 2 or 3 inches
- 1 yellow onion, sliced into half rings
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- 3 cups beef bone broth (homemade preferably)
- 1 can Guinness or 1 cup red wine
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup flour of choice
- EQUIPMENT: slow cooker OR **pressure cooker
- Season ribs with salt and pepper. Brown ribs 3 to 5 minutes in a cast iron pan. Brown in batches, if necessary.
- Stack inside slow cooker or **pressure cooker.
- In the same pan, saute onions for 5 to 10 minutes, until golden and soft. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute or an additional 5 minutes.
- Add the thyme, bay leaf and mustard powder then pour in as much of the broth that will fit. Bring to a simmer then pour the contents of the pan, any remaining bone broth, and the contents of the Guinness can (or red wine) into the slow cooker.
- **If using a pressure cooker you may need to half the recipe, in order for everything to fit. Bring to full pressure, then cook for 30 minutes. Let it release naturally, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
- Turn the slow cooker to Low and let braise for 8 hours.
- Pour the liquid into a pot and whisk in the thickening flour of your choice. Simmer until slightly thickened then pour over the ribs and serve.
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