These sweet and sticky slow-cooked short ribs use my fail-proof method for fall-apart meat that’s packed full of flavour.
Like your meat? Then you’ll love these sticky short ribs!
Slow cooked until the meat is falling off the bone, then pan fried to crisp up the edges and given a sticky coating right at the last minute.
It’s a technique I first used for my Chinese pork belly (which is the most popular recipe on the blog) and I’ve been using it ever since. It works best for meats that are fatty and/or a little on the tough side, and it turns a cheap piece of meat into something amazing!
The slow cooking process makes the meat melt-in-the-mouth, and most of the fat renders away. Any fat that’s left, is soon crisped up during the second stage.
These ribs are soooo meaty.
I don’t often buy short ribs – mainly because they don’t often sell them in the supermarkets where I live in the UK, so it means a trip to the farm shop to source some.
Of course, once I’m in a farm shop, I then proceed to spend an absolute fortune on all the gorgeous produce. Shiny polished apples, carrots with the green tops still on, smoked garlic, homemade giant meringues and the best cuts of meat. I want them all!!
The ribs are the best though!
If you can’t manage to eat all the meat, chop it up and freeze it, then add to fried rice (so good! Just remember to defrost and fry until hot before adding to the rice).
I save the bones too – so I can use to makes stocks and soups.
In fact I used the leftover bones from these ribs as part of my three-bone soup that I’ll be putting up on the blog very soon (beef, lamb and chicken bones – sounds a little unusual, but it’s very tasty).
Serve with rice and stir-fried veg or salad for the best weekend dinner!
- Slow cooked stage:
- 4 short ribs
- 1¼ litres (5 ¼ cups) beef stock - use gluten free stock cubes or bouillon if required
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp white pepper
- 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped in half
- 1 tbsp rice wine
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- For the crispy/sticky coating:
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 red chilli pepper (I use Fresno chillies), de-seeded and chopped finely)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten free)
- 1 tsp lemon grass paste (optional)
- Start with the slow cooked stage – Preheat the oven to 170c/350f. Place all of the ingredients from the slow cooked stage into a large oven-proof casserole pan. Heat over a high heat until boiling, then place a lid on and place in the oven for 3 hours. Check a couple of times during the last hour of cooking and top up with water if it’s starting to go dry.
- Take out of the oven and carefully remove the ribs from the pan (the meat will want to fall off the bone, so I find a good set of tongs helps to get them out). Drain any excess liquid off the ribs. Discard the cooking liquor – or use in soup or Ramen.
- Heat the vegetable oil on a high heat in a large frying pan (skillet). Add the ribs and cook, turning once or twice until the edges are golden and crisped. It takes about 6-7 minutes. Be careful as the oil will spit due to the fat on the meat.
- Mix together the remaining sticky coating ingredients in a small boil and add to the frying pan. Bubble together, tuning the ribs to coat, until the sauce thickens to a sticky glaze.
- Turn off the heat and serve the ribs with rice and stir-fried vegetables or salad.