Our Short Ribs recipe takes less than an hour to prep before you can get to braising this delicious dish. The combination of ancho, maple, and orange adds a unique flavor to our already tasty short ribs.
I would eat this over plain white rice, cilantro, limes, and fine dice onions. You could do yourself well by buying a couple cans of black beans and adding 1 bottle beer, 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves chopped garlic, and simmering till soft.
Traditionally, this would also be served with corn tortillas. Do it right and get some. You can heat them up in a pan or in a damp towel in the microwave for a couple seconds.
If you don’t eat it all in one feeding, have cold braised beef sandwiches with horseradish sour cream for lunch. Last but not least: put bones, 1 carrot, 1/2 onion, 2cloves garlic, and 1 stalk celery in a gallon of water. Reduce by half and you have stock. Freeze in a freezer bag.
- 4 dried ancho chilis (seeded)
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1tbsp kosher or sea salt
- 5-6lbs short ribs
- 1tbsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1tsp dried cumin
- 1tsp oregano, Mexican is the best
- Preheat oven to 350˚F
- Soak ancho chili in hot water till softish maybe 20 minutes. Drain. If soaking liquid is bitter, toss it. If not, we’ll use it for braising.
- Puree chilies, maple syrup, garlic, lime juice and 1 tbsp salt.
- Season ribs with cumin, salt and pepper. We season pretty aggressively here.
- Heat a couple of tbsp oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high until hot but not smoking.
- Brown ribs all over in a couple of batches.
- Turn skillet down to medium. Transfer to a roasting pan. You want a pan just big enough to hold them.
- Add your chili maple mixture to the hot skillet, be careful it will hiss and splatter some.
- Add oregano, chili liquid or water or cerveza and orange juice. Let bubble for about ten minutes. This liquid is now pretty fantastic.
- Check for salt and pepper. Pour over ribs and cover pan with foil.
- Braise for 3 to 3 ½ hours.