Sunday, October 7, 2012

Braised Korean Short Rib Taco's

Boneless short ribs are one of my favorite things to make for dinner parties because because you can make them way ahead of time and they always turn out great. They also have a lot of flexibility in how you prepare, flavor, and serve them.

Today we are going to do a slow cooked version of Korean Barbecue Short Ribs that just melts in your mouth with a beefy sweetness. These ribs have all the flavor of the quick grilled Kalbi variety but they are lot more tasty and versatile in how you can use them.

Braised Korean Short Ribs

5 pounds of boneless short ribs
10 cloves of chopped garlic
fresh cilantro
fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh ginger
1 cup light soy sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/8 cup sesame oil
4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 fuji apples
1 diced japanese pear
1 diced medium onion
sesame seeds
garlic powder
salt and pepper
3 1/2 cups beef broth

Preheat oven to 275o F. Season ribs generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In an 8-quart Dutch oven, heat oil to high. In batches, brown ribs on all sides, about 20 minutes total. Transfer ribs to a plate and pour off all but 2 Tablespoons fat from pot.

Add onions, apples, pears, ginger, and garlic. Cook until soft which should take about five minutes. 

Add beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Return the ribs to the pot and bring to a rapid simmer, cover, and place pot in the oven. Cook until meat can be easily pierced with the tip of a pairing knife, about 3 hours. 

With a slotted spoon, transfer ribs to a large straight-sided skillet; discard solids by pouring/straining liquid through a sieve or strainer. 

Skim off fat from cooking liquid. If you have time, place liquid in the refrigerator for a little while, making it easier to discard the fat that will accumulate on top.

Korean Short Rib Taco's

Once we get these puppies cooked off I like to shred them and use them to make asian taco's with the following toppings.

White corn tortilla's
Fresh chopped cilantro
Fresh chopped scallions
Fresh shredded cabbage
Shredded white radish
Fresh chopped jalapeno

Asian-Style Salsa

The ribs are going to have a lot of flavor on their own so what you are trying to do is come up with some type of sauce that will help compliment rather than over power the toppings.

1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup sweet-hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup chopped pineapple
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped tomato
2 tsp sriracha sauce
2 tbs. mirin
1 tbs. Asian sesame oil

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