Short Ribs Adovada
- 5 pounds bone in short ribs
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 cups low-sodium beef stock
- 2 cups chili water, see recipe below
- 1 12 ounce can of chipotles with adobo sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 bay leaf, quartered
- 30 minutes before cooking, remove the meat from the fridge. With 2 teaspoons of salt, evenly season the short ribs on all sides. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Make the chili water (see recipe below).
- Open the can of chipotles and remove half of the chiles. Set the can aside to use later.
- In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over high on the stove top. Once hot add the short ribs and brown for 2 minutes per side, for a total of 4 minutes, and set aside. This should be done in 2 batches.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Discard all but 1 teaspoon of fat. Add the onions and garlic and off at the heat for two minutes. Lower the heat to medium and add the pan back to the stovetop.
- Pour the beef stock into the pan and deglaze. Be sure to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the chili water, half of the chipotle chilies with all the sauce from the can, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, cloves, oregano, cumin, honey, and bay leaf to the pan. Stir well.
- Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the short ribs back into the pan. Cover and place in the oven. Cook at 350 degrees for two hours. Remove the pan from the oven. Remove the short ribs from the pan and place on a rimmed cutting board. Cover the short ribs with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, skim off the fat that has collected on top of the cooking sauce.
- Serve the short ribs with rice topped with adovada sauce and chopped cilantro.
for the Chili Water
- In a medium sized bowl, combine 3 cups of warm water and 3-4 dried chiles (I prefer ancho or chipotle) and let hydrate for 20 minutes.
- Remove any stems and seeds from the peppers. Strain the water into a blender. Add the peppers and puree. Strain the water from the pureed. With a wooden spoon, press out the water from the pureed peppers. Set the peppers aside and use the water as needed.