Monday, July 16, 2012

What's Cookin' {Braised Beef Short Ribs}

Yesterday I attempted to make Braised Beef Short Ribs from Esquire's cookbook Eat Like a Man. Preston loves ribs. I wanted learn how to make ribs to please him {and to cut back our Chile's bill}. In our deep freeze I found a package of Lawson Angus short ribs. Baby Back Rips... Short Ribs, final conclusion must be similar and equally delicious.

Actually I don't like ribs. I don't know how to negotiate around the bone. I only eat boneless chicken for this reason as well. But I do like BBQ sauce. Instead of surfing the web for a short rib BBQ recipe I decided to go the old fashion route and find a recipe in one of my cookbooks. Ribs, Eat Like a Man, Esquire, dish for Preston = best place to start.

After I spent about 2 hours trying to track down the ingredients {and looking for the perfect flowers for the front yard}

{Love the Colors}

{Favorite, Pink!}

{Uproar Rose Zinnia}
I got down and dirty. I had never braised meat. It was super easy. Actually the entire cooking process was easy. The ingrediants were a little weird especially since the recipe was in a man's cookbook.

{Braising Meat}

{Braised Meat}

{Cooking the Vegetables}

{Picture from the cookbook}

{My Picture}
As you can tell, my picture is very different looking than Esquire's. Cooking time was bout 3 hours in all. The house smelled great and Preston came home after winning a pool tournament ready to chow down.

The dish was an epic fail. The meat fell off the bone, literally, like it was supposed to but the sauce was odd and out of place. I knew the cut of the meat was fatty, but it was extremely chewy. Too chewy. Preston was grateful for the attempt of a home cooked meal, but we ended up dumping out the sauce and saving the bones and meat for the dogs. 

Next time I am going to try cooking short ribs in a crock pot with Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. My BFF tells me it's amazing.

The recipe was so bad, I'm not even going to share it with you.


  1. Bummer, but good for you for a valliant effort! I've actually never done ribs either, but I'd give it a chance with Sweet Baby Rays, it is amazing!

    I'm glad you're back to blogging : )

    1. Thanks Em! Next time I will probably spend the money and try pork ribs.