Coffee Braised Beef Short Ribs

Last month we were at the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, since I don’t sell chocolate or coffee I thought I should at least have a recipe that fit the theme of the event.  I searched the AlbuKirky archives and found a beef short rib recipe with a coffee rub, it was a delicious recipe but it needed a little updating.   The new recipe has more coffee flavor and of course some AlbuKirky Seasonings Red Chile BBQ Rub.

Coffee Braised Beef Short Ribs
Coffee Braised Beef Short Ribs

4-5 Beef Short Ribs
2 Tablespoons AlbuKirky Seasonings Red Chile BBQ Rub
2 Tablespoons Fine Ground Coffee
1 Tablespoon Turbinado Sugar
1 Cups Beef Stock
1 Cup of Brewed Coffee
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a small bowl thoroughly mix the BBQ Rub, ground coffee and turbinado sugar. Give the ribs a light coating of olive oil and then generously season all sides of the ribs with the rub mix. Allow ribs to rest and allow the rib to marinate in the rub.
Also in another large bowl mix the coffee and beef stock.
Start by grilling the ribs over direct heat and getting a good crust on all sides of the meat, 1-2 minutes on each side.  I love to use my cast iron plate setter for searing!

Searing the Beef Short Ribs on the Big Green Egg
Place the ribs bone side down in a Dutch over or pan add 1 cup of beef stock & coffee and cook uncovered at 250-300 for 1 hour, I like to do this so the ribs can pick up some smoke.
After cooking for 1 hour add another cup of the stock, enough to cover the bones of the ribs, cover with lid and continue cooking for 1½-2 hours or till the internal temp ribs is 195-200º.  When the ribs are done they will have pulled back from the bone, might even fall off.

Braising the Ribs
If you’re cooking in the oven, brown the ribs in the Dutch oven on the stovetop.  Then add 1 cup of broth, cover and bake at 350º for 2 hours. After 1 hour, add more broth, if necessary.

When I served them, I poured some of the braising stock over the top and they were absolutely fantastic.  The ribs had a really rich beef flavor that was infused with the the coffee from the rub and the braising liquid.  Beef and coffee is a great flavor combo.  I’m thinking next time I’m going to inject the coffee & beef stock into the meat before cooking and see how it turns out.  Hope you give the recipe a try and if you do, send me some pics!  

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