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Meaty, succulent, tender, and juicy beef short ribs are ideal for braising, simmering, and smoking. Beef short ribs have quite a bit of fatty meat on them, but they also have a lot of connective tissue, making them tough and chewy unless cooked properly. English-style beef short ribs have been cut parallel to the bone, and the ribs can be boneless or have a bone with the meat. Beef short ribs that have been cut across the rib bones are sometimes called flanken.

There are two types of beef ribs: back ribs and short ribs, sometimes called plate ribs. Back ribs are comprised of 13 ribs with meat between the rib bones. The first five ribs are called chuck ribs, and the next seven ribs are back ribs.

Beef short ribs look similar to pork spareribs in that the short ribs are flat with the meat on one side of the rack of ribs. Beef short ribs come from the chuck and primal sections of a cow, are usually cut into three or four sections. Beef short ribs are longer than pork spareribs because a cow has a larger rib cage than a pig. Most beef short ribs are cut into 3 to 4-inch lengths, making them ideal for placing in a slow cooker or oven-proof pan.

Beef short ribs are quite nutritious, and a 3-ounce serving provides the following nutrients:
  • Calories: 259.
  • Total fat: 19 grams.
  • Saturated fat: 8.5 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 85 milligrams.
  • Sodium: 60 milligrams.
  • Potassium: 203 milligrams.
  • Iron: 13% of the daily value.

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Depending on how you cook beef short ribs, you can pair a variety of alcohol types with them. Full-bodied red wines such as Zinfandel, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon go nicely with beef short ribs made into hearty stews. These wines also go well with short ribs simmered in an herb-filled tomato sauce. Semi-dry white wines such as Viognier or Riesling wines go well with smoked beef short ribs. Dark ales or amber lagers also pair well with beef short ribs.

One of the nicest alcoholic beverages you can pair with slow-smoked beef short ribs is a glass of oak-aged bourbon, especially when the short ribs have been glazed with bourbon and maple syrup.

In general, most people can eat about one pound of bone-in beef short ribs, which equals out to about three or four ribs per person.  If your beef short ribs are boneless, you can expect each person to eat about a half-pound of ribs each or one to two per person. Unlike pork spareribs or riblets that are often served as finger foods, beef short ribs are generally eaten with a fork and knife.

You might want to serve side dishes such as creamy polenta, braised mushrooms, sauteed broccolini with garlic, or herb-roasted red potatoes to go with beef short ribs. For dessert, a chocolate souffle, wine-poached pears, or pecan pie pair well no matter how you've cooked the beef short ribs.
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