I like ribs. But usually only baby back pork ribs. Nice, uniform slabs of 13 ribs waiting for a sweet and spicy rub and a slow roasting in the oven. Finish them off on a hot grill with some Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce, and I'm happy. All those other overly meaty and fatty, prehistoric looking ribs at the meat market counter look intimidating.
For those who are faithful readers of my blog, you know I am not a huge fan of my crock pot. It's great for making pulled pork and keeping sausage and meatballs warm for a Super Bowl party. But, I have never found a recipe that was fantastic. They were all pretty good, but nothing that knocked my socks off. Then I came across the blog of Stefanie who is vowing to cook in her crock pot every day for an entire year. I thought she must have a few stellar crockpotting recipes for me to try.
Korean Barbecue Short Ribs was the first recipe that caught my eye on her blog. It met the criteria for a good meal in my house. Beef. Check. Asian-inspired. Check. Some spicy jalapenos in the recipe (for The Husband). Check. Easy to prepare. Check. Ok. I'll give it a try. I browned up about 8 beef short ribs on my grill pan, threw them in the crock pot, poured in 1 cup of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 6 big jalapenos and set it low for 6 hours. A friend of No Thank You Boy who was over for the day commented that it really looked good even before it had started cooking.
Here are the ribs before their 6-hour slow cook.
We left the crock pot to do what is does best and headed for an afternoon at the pool. We returned to a wonderful aroma in our house. "Man that smells good," said My Middle One. "When is it ready?"
"Only 2 more hours to go," I informed her.
When 7 p.m. finally rolled around, these ribs did not disappoint. Superb flavor. Lacquer-colored beef falling off the bones. And everyone commented on how much they enjoyed them. I served the ribs with jasmine rice and steamed green beans. Dinner was a success.
With school starting up and all the running around it involves, get out the crock pot and make some ribs tonight.
Korean Barbecue Short Ribs
serves 3 - 4
10 beef short ribs
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
6 jalapeno peppers, whole
Heat a grill pan to high. Drizzle ribs with olive oil and brown on all sides in hot grill pan. Remove ribs from pan and place in crock pot. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, and jalapeno peppers. Set to low and cook for 6 hours.
Remove from crock pot and enjoy! Make sure to drizzle the ribs with the sauce.