Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Easy, No-Fuss, Slow Cooked Braised Beef Short Ribs

A Two for Tuesday Recipe 

Last week I opened my mini deep freeze to pick out what to cook up for dinner. It is usually a game of "eeny-meeny-miny-moe" and the winner was beef short ribs.

I took out two pounds of  beef short ribs to defrost. I must warn you that beef short ribs render down significantly. If you usually take out one pound of meat, with beef short ribs, you'll need two pounds. I seasoned my short ribs very simply ... salt, pepper and Homemade Complete Seasoning *. Most recipes require you to brown the meat, cook it in a dutch oven and finish it off in the oven for two hours! Now I don't know about you, but with the price of electricity, who can really afford to braise for two hours at 220 volts?! My recipe lets you skip the browning, an overheated house (it's hot enough in Florida as it is), that electric bill and save some time too. As I have mentioned before, the slow cooker is your best friend, and that is exactly what I use for this recipe. Who really wants to get up extra early to brown meat before work? Ah, no way! I created this recipe for those who what a no-fuss, braised beef short rib. And at the end of the day, when you open your front door, the delectable scent of the braised beef short ribs is there to greet you. You'll be sitting down to mouth-watering, tender, juicy, falling off the bone, short ribs in no time. I hope you enjoy this no-fuss, comforting, rendition of braised beef short ribs.

Seasoning for Short Ribs:
Salt and pepper (to coat)
Homemade Complete Seasoning * (to coat)

2 lbs beef short ribs (or more)
1 medium onion, chopped
8 oz baby carrots
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 whole shallots, chopped
2 cups red wine
2 cups beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1. The night before season the meat with salt, pepper and Homemade Complete Seasoning *.  I use enough to coat both side of the meat. Massage seasoning in and refrigerate overnight.

2. Chop onions, garlic and shallots. Add to the slow cooker.

3. Add beef short ribs on top of vegetables.

4. Pour wine, beef stock, Worcestershire, thyme and rosemary to slow cooker.

5. Mix all ingredients well. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. 

Serve with rice or mashed potatoes and your vegetable of choice. ENJOY! 

*Recipe Notes:
Sazon Completa or Complete Seasoning is an all-purpose mix of spices used in most Cuban dishes. You can use store bought Complete Seasoning (like those made by Badia or Goya), just be aware that most all of them have MSG and other additives/fillers. If you click on the links above, you can find our recipe for making your own complete seasoning.

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