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Short Rib Melt

Short Rib Melt

  1. First thought that comes to mind: Braised short rib is such a versatile recipe, be ready to see more recipes that utilize braised short ribs!
  2. Great for: Making ahead of time and assembling right before dinner time.
  3. Inspiration: Growing up, my mom would make a big batch of braised short ribs and would add lots of vegetables and serve it over rice. This short rib recipe brings back memories of my childhood and to serve it in a cheese melt sandwich… what better way to combine 2 great childhood comfort dishes!
  4. Tips & Tricks: The short rib cut contains a good amount of fat. To remove, I would skim the top of the braised short rib pot every 30 minutes. You want to make sure you always skim the fat before you reduce any liquid. When you reduce or boil the liquid rapidly, the fat will become immersed into the simmering sauce and will make it very difficult to remove the oil after.
  5. Pairs well with: Pickled red onions in sandwich or on the side. Find recipe here.

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The Braised Short Rib

2 to 3 pounds of short rib. (Costco sells short ribs in a package of 6 strips. I used 3 strips)

1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

1 ½ tablespoon of olive oil

1 ½ onions thinly sliced

3 tablespoons of tomato paste

2 cloves of garlic

½ cup of brandy (you can also add in red wine, I personally like the taste of brandy better)

2 cups of beef stock (you can also use chicken stock)

A couple stems of parsley and or oregano

2 bay leaves

3 tablespoons of ketchup

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

Salt and Pepper


The Sandwich Melt

½ cup of short rib mixture

1 small focaccia bread (any hearty bread will do)

½ Avocado thinly sliced

1 to 2 tablespoons pickled red onions

1/3 cup of mixed shredded cheese




The Braised Short Rib

  1. Sprinkle the short ribs with the all purpose flour and salt and pepper.
  2. Heat up a large heavy pot to medium high heat and add the olive oil.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add in the short rib and brown all sides. Should take 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Once all sides are browned, remove the short ribs to another plate and set aside.
  5. Remove some of the oil so that you have just enough oil to cover the bottom of your pot. Add in the sliced onion. You may need to turn the heat down to medium if the onions start to burn. Once the onion start to turn light brown, add in the garlic and tomato paste.
  6. After about 2 minutes, add in the brandy and let it cook on medium high to high for 2 minutes until the alcohol is evaporated.
  7. Add back the short ribs and add in the stock, herbs, bay leaves, ketchup and soy sauce. Let the mixture bring to a boil and then turn down to low, cover, and simmer. Let the mixture cook on low for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The liquid mixture should cover the meat and if it doesn’t, add more stock or water.
  8. An hour and half later, the meat should be tender enough so that you can easily separate the strips but not too tender where it is falling apart. If the meat is not tender, allow the meat to braise for another 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the bay leaves and herbs and toss. Remove the short ribs and skim the fat off the liquid. Turn the heat to high and let the sauce reduce for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure the lid is off when you reduce.
  10. Salt and Pepper to taste. Return meat back into the sauce and serve unless you want to use it for another dish!



The Sandwich Melt

  1. Turn the oven on broil.
  2. Assemble the sandwich by layering on the onion first, avocado second, short rib mixture last onto one side of the bed.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  4. Pop it into the oven open faced (under broil) so that the cheese will melt. Should take 2-3 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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10 thoughts on “Short Rib Melt

  1. Yum! I want to try this recipe with my slow cooker!


  2. Love short ribs!! Adding this recipe to my ‘To Make’ list…thanks!!


  3. great content!!! wish i had the patience lol

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  4. Looks great and YUMMY :))


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