Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Crock Pot Red Wine Braised Short Ribs for Two

HE SAID: Good, tasty, reminds me of my mom's pot roast - meat just falls apart.
SHE SAID: Tasty and delicious, but only once a year due it being beef and not very lean.

This past week there were several articles mentioning braised short ribs.  Reading through the recipes made the female half of this couple hungry for braised short ribs...mmmm....we don't eat beef much and if we do, it's very thinly sliced for shabu shabu or sukiyaki, once in a while a nice steak, but never short ribs!  Most of the recipes we found required red wine, mmmm...almost everything braised in wine tastes yummy!

This is also our very first beef dish made in our crock pot (other than the first try on Skyline Cincinnati Chili)!  Wow, if were meat eaters (the reason we're no longer meat eaters, we're getting older, need to watch the cholesterol, etc) we'd make this dish at least once a month!  This was very tasty and tender.  It's very simple, there were several other more complex recipes we thought about trying, but this recipe we didn't need to purchase any additional ingredients other than the ribs.

Serves 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7-9 hours on low
4 qt. crock pot

1 c. dry red wine
2/3 c. ketchup
3 T. low sodium shoyu (soy sauce)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. dark brown sugar (we used light since we had it already)
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
4 lbs. beef short ribs with bone
1 small red onion, chopped

Combine first six ingredients in slow cooker and mix.  Add ribs, submerge as much as possible in sauce (we spooned sauce over the ribs too).  Scatter onions over ribs.  Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.  We turned the ribs over half way thru cooking to ensure the sauces soaked into entire ribs.  If you plan well enough ahead, we read a lot of reviews which suggested cooking the ribs the night before, refrigerating the sauce separate from the ribs, then the next day scrape the fat off the sauce.  We took out as much of the oil/fat as we could just before serving.  Serve with rice or pasta.  If you like gravy, mix some cornstarch paste (cornstarch with water) into the gravy, stirring constantly to make your own gravy.

Enjoy..we sure did!

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