bbq beef short rib sandwiches

alternative title: krysta got played by a litle ol' woman

Today I went grocery shopping. Big grocery shopping, the grocery shopping for the week. For six people. You can imagine what my cart looks like.

I'm placing my groceries on the belt when I see a little old lady in a pink sweatsuit looking around for the shortest line. Giving me the old helpless lady look. That "I could be your Grandmother" look, the "I'm too frail to stand in line" look, the "didn't your parents teach you any manners" look. Her standing there with her little white envelope with a couple dollar bills in it and a package of cream cheese in her hands. So I ask her if she would like to go ahead of me.

"Thank you dear. My dog just got out of the hospital and I want to be by her side." (I cannot make this shit up if I tried)

Then she grabs her cart, HIDDEN in another line, WITH TWENTY ITEMS IN IT! (I know, I counted)

"I hope you don't mind." She tells me and proceeds to push all my items back to make room for hers.

Annnnnnd to add insult in injury after each items was scanned she wanted to make sure it was on sale, matched her coupons and paid for her groceries in change.

Except for the BBQ sauce, this really isn't a recipe more like a method...

Kansas City Sauce: adapted from Mastering Barbecue by Michael H. Stines

2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce
1 yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 cup Dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool, and transfer to a blender or a food processor and puree.

beef short ribs (I used 8 short ribs and it feed 6 of us with leftovers)
salt and pepper
olive oil

While you are making the bbq sauce...

Season short ribs liberally with salt and pepper.
Heat up a dutch oven or a heavy bottom pan.
Pour olive oil in pan and wait until the oil gets that shimmery look.
Taking two short ribs at a time, brown ribs well on all sides.
Drain on a paper towel.
Repeat until all the ribs are are brown.


Take out your slow-cooker and turn that bad boy to high temp.

Then place short ribs in a slow-cooker with three quarters of the bbq sauce and let it cook for three hours. Then turn the temp down to low and cook for another four to five hours.

Shred the meat. EAT.


pickles (save the juice for pretzels!)
thinly sliced red onions
shredded ice cold iceburg lettuce
Kaiser buns

extra bbq sauce

Tasting Notes: So a while back I said I only felt
so-so about beef short ribs. That's what I wrote but what I didn't say was how I thought all y'all were a bunch of sheep bah-bah-bahing and following blindly everyone else in the "I Love Short Ribs" Club. I thought everyone was a bunch of suckers.

About that... I was wrong.

I was cooking them wrong.

I am now a sucker.

Bah bah bahhhhhh.


Carrie Oliver said...

OMGosh, major mistake to arrive here and see that photo at 11pm on a Friday night. Even if it didn't taste good I'd be craving those beef short ribs.

MrOrph said...

PWNED!!!! :-)

I am in the "I love beef short ribs club" and these look mighty tasty. I am a little skeptical about grilling them though. Not long enough cooking time for me, but now a braise...

Melissa said...


And Baaaaah!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Yes, thank you for specifying iceberg lettuce for the sandwiches. Everyone's so down on iceberg these days. I understand that it has next to no nutrional value and it's not fancy like mache or mesclun, but it is essential for things like hamburgers. It's the crunch. So there.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I meant "nutritional." I just woke up.

Mayberry Magpie said...

Granny's a bitch, is what I say!

I'll be all over these ribs. Love me the ribs. Bah, bah, bahhhh. Welcome to the club.

amycaseycooks said...

New to the beef short ribs club, I am never revoking my membership. What a great summer recipe to have on hand. I may need to double it - gotta have leftovers.

katie said...

I love short ribs when cooked properly-which is why I have never attempted to make them myself. mrChaos thinks they are just pot roast but sauced like this and in a sandwich, definitely not pot roast! Thanks for a pot roast short rib alternative, I have been looking for slow-cooker recipes we'd actually eat, this one will go on that menu!

pam said...

As a soon to be old lady, I am filing this away for future reference.

LilSis said...

I don't why, but I've never made short ribs. I guess I always thought they were fatty or tough. Dunno, but a friend of mine just made some in her slow cooker a few weeks ago and she was trying to convince me to try them. I've gotta try them now after seeing your sandwich.

Oh, did the nice little old lady even say thank you?

maybelle's mom said...

First, are you even sure she was really a lady?

Second, this sandwich plays into all my pregnant lady cravings (even pickles.)

Eva said...

Never give in to the pathetic looking old ladies! If she's standing there with an armload of stuff it's her own fault if she didn't get a cart and had to carry stuff. She's old enough she should know better! I've never cooked short ribs but your sandwich looks wonderful. I might have to give it a shot one day but right now they scare me a little.

Daniel said...

You have such an amazing gift for photography. Wow. I find meat to be so difficult to photograph in an appetizing way.

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grace said...

i have that look on my face more often than not, i think. :)
great sauce recipe, krysta--paprika, mustard, lots o' lemon tang, it sounds fabulous.

stacey said...

that's a horrible pic of zach

ntsc said...

Doing a very slow smoked pork shoulder this week.

Nice supermarket was having a 99 cent sale. I make sausage a lot.

Smoked trout last week, pictures should be up tomorrow.

Spryte said...

That looks awesome too!!!

Snooty Primadona said...

Hey - At least you came into the light, lol. These look awesome!

At my age, I've at last reached the point that I can pretty well spot the coupon-change-paying-hounds in the market checkout line. Well, most of the time.

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