Brisket may hold court as the most beloved of the low and slow cooked cuts of beef—it’s tender, it’s fatty, and it looks pretty badass after spending a bajillion hours in a barbecue smoker. But as vaunted as it is, brisket isn’t exactly what you’d call an everyday cut of meat.
So what should you do when you’re craving that impossibly supple texture but aren’t too keen on lugging home a ginormous slab of brisket from the butcher? Beef short ribs are a much more manageable (and often cheaper) alternative. Sliced either into short lengths along the bone (what’s known as an English cut), strips that cut across across multiple ribs (flanken style), or trimmed boneless, you can throw easily them into a Dutch oven or crockpot and let them go for a braise. A few hours later, you’ve got delectably plush meat that’s falling off the bone.
And with the temperatures dropping, you know you’ll soon be looking for lots of slow cooked meals to combat the cold. Here are eleven recipes that will have you making short ribs a mainstay during this stewing season.
1. Pressure Cooker Cola-Braised Beef Short Ribs
Coca-cola may be the main ingredient in this recipe’s braising liquid, but that doesn’t mean that it’s sickly sweet. Soy sauce, Worcestershire, and a bevy of spices give it an intense and complex flavor that’s concentrated by the pressure cooker. Get our Pressure Cooker Cola-Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe.
2. Short Ribs with Frisée-Parsley Salad
Short ribs are belly-filling and heavy—you don’t need much more than a light salad to serve along with them. These red wine braised ribs find an uplifting counterpart in minimally-dressed frisée and chives. Get our Short Ribs with Frisée-Parsley Salad recipe.
3. Kimchi-Braised Short Ribs
Korean cuisine’s treatment of the short rib is almost reverential. Not only is the cut the superstar of barbecued galbi, you can also find it in many rich and fully-flavored stews, like this veggie-filled number with kimchi. Get our Kimchi-Braised Short Ribs recipe.
4. Braised Short Rib Tacos
Short ribs were practically made to be shredded and stuffed into tacos. Top them off with some sour cream and cilantro and you’ve got a handheld treat that practically melts in your mouth. Get the recipe here.
5. Fontina Grilled Cheese with Braised Short Rib & Brandied Fig Jam
A totally killer sandwich is just a braise away. With pull-apart meat and jammy figs beneath a puddle of fontina, this sandwich is three times as oozy and gooey as your basic grilled cheese. Get the recipe here.
6. Miso-Stewed Short Ribs French Dip Sandwich
Umami wunderkind miso makes just about everything better, especially short ribs. After a long simmer that’s boosted by the paste, this recipe’s short ribs are topped with gouda, stuffed between two slices of bread, and taken through a dip in their own braising liquids. It might just be one of the most over-the-top sandwiches that ever lived. Get the recipe here.
7. Black Garlic Braised Short Rib Poutine
Not that poutine needed to take its level of greasy tomfoolery up a notch, but it just did. This lavish creation is not only topped with tender morsels of short rib, it also features the funky flavors of black garlic and serious spices like cinnamon and star anise. Get the recipe here.
8. Asian Braised Short Ribs with Chili Lime Potatoes
Meat and potatoes don’t have to be synonymous with boring and plain. Every single inch of this combo is infused with forceful spices and seasonings, from the ribs cooked in brown sugar and sesame to the garlicky lime spike in the potatoes. Get the recipe here.
9. Crockpot Sunday Sauce
To get a hearty, homemade meat sauce, you could spend hours simmering and stirring at the stove. Or you can throw all your ingredients in the crockpot in the morning, forget about it, then come back at night for a pile of shredded beef that wilts at the very touch of a fork. Get the recipe here.
10. Short Rib Pot Pie
Pot pies come in so many more shades than just chicken. This rich and incredibly savory short rib version is sophisticated enough to serve to a dinner party crowd. Get the recipe here.
11. Short Rib Minestrone
Beef minestrone may bring to mind limp, salty soups from a can. But when you take care to slow cook the ingredients yourself, each and every morsel comes alive with deep, beefy flavor. Get the recipe here.
Header image: Short Ribs with Frisee Parsley Salad from Chowhound
Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University's program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.