Sweet & Spicy Soy-Braised Short Ribs
The sticky sauce on these ribs, made with tamari (or soy sauce), gochujang, grated pear and honey, is inspired by bulgogi, a staple of Korean barbecue. Don’t skip the step of running them under the broiler before serving—it gives the ribs the crisp edges you’d get from grilling. Serve with stir-fried baby bok choy and brown rice to sop up the delicious sauce.
3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
1/3 cup reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
1 Asian pear, grated
1 bunch scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons honey plus 1 teaspoon, divided
2 tablespoons gochujang plus 1 teaspoon, divided
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs (about 6 large; see Tip), trimmed
Toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Whisk broth, tamari (or soy sauce), pear, scallions, 2 tablespoons each honey, gochujang and sesame oil, ginger, garlic and salt in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Nestle short ribs, meat-side down, into the sauce. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.
Just before serving, preheat broiler to high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Transfer the short ribs to the prepared pan. Strain the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a fat separator, pressing on solids to extract the liquid. Whisk the remaining 1 teaspoon each honey, gochujang and sesame oil in a small bowl. Brush the short ribs with the glaze. Broil until lightly crisped on top, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and more scallions, if desired. Serve with the defatted cooking liquid, if desired.
Tip: We use thick-cut English short ribs in this recipe because they’re cut in between the bone, making them meatier than thin-cut flanken-style short ribs. The meat-to-bone ratio varies widely, so choose the meatiest pieces.
Gochujang or red chili paste is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented condiment, popular in Korean cooking. It is made from chili powder, glutinous rice, meju powder, yeotgireum, and salt. The sweetness comes from the starch of cooked glutinous rice, cultured with saccharifying enzymes during the fermentation process.