Beef Ribs

Fall-off-the-bone barbecued ribs are by far one of the best comfort foods in the Western culture. This mouth-watering dish will not only give you comfort, but will also devour your taste buds so much so that you end up wanting more.

The secret to prepare these soft, tender, juicy and tasty ribs is by slow cooking the meat in a crock pot for hours with nothing but salt. Yes, that’s right. There are many ways to prepare beef, but with this particular recipe, we want to draw out the flavour of the beef in its purest form and so we use just plain sea salt as we tenderize the meat. This allows for the flavour to come out without masking it with herbs and spices. After it has softened from the crockpot, that’s the time we get creative and add our other ingredients. And to finalize it, we pop it into the oven until the sauce caramelizes and the flavors come together. Sounds satisfying? Give it a shot!

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1000 Grams grass-fed beef short ribs
  • Sea salt (Be cautious not to overuse iodized salt)
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • ¾ Cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut nectar
  • 1 Small onion, chopped
  • ¼ Cup garam masala
  • A dash of paprika
  • A dash of ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Rub short ribs with a generous amount of salt, but make sure not to overuse it. Let it sit in the counter for about 20 minutes.
  2. Place ribs in a crock pot and slow cook for about 4 hours on low setting, or until meat is of desired tenderness. Make sure not to overcook it, as it may cause for the meat to dry out.
  3. In a sauce pan, place garlic, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, coconut nectar, onion and garam masala and bring to a boil with occasional stirring. Add in about ½ cup of the meat juice from the slow cooker and allow it to boil for some more time. With occasional stirring, simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce is thick enough to coat meat. Add in paprika and ground black pepper and some salt to taste. (NOTE: Since you’ve already salted the meat, be careful not to add too much salt to your sauce.)
  4. Add cayenne pepper to your liking.
  5. Allow for the sauce to cool to room temperature.
  6. Using a high-speed blender, puree the sauce until it is silky smooth.
  7. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Arrange your ribs on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Using a pastry brush, baste your meat with the sauce until everything has been well coated.
  9. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until sauce has caramelized and ribs are browned.
  10. Serve with mashed potatoes and buttered vegetables.