Spicy Short Ribs Smothered in Red Gravy

  • Total: 2 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 5 to 6 servings
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2 racks of beef short ribs (2 1/2 to 3 pounds each)


Freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon liquid crab boil

1 (14-ounce) bottle of ketchup

12 ounces light beer

1 tablespoon molasses

1 tablespoon Creole or whole grain mustard

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Dash hot pepper sauce

Dash Worcestershire sauce

Pinch salt

Pinch cayenne

1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1 recipe of Cilantro and Roasted Potato Salad, recipe follows


2 pounds new potatoes, quartered

10 cloves of fresh garlic

Drizzle of olive oil


Freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Creole mustard

1 lemon, juiced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed and patted dry

4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced


  1. Season the ribs with salt and pepper. Place the ribs in a large pot and cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon of the crab boil. Over high heat, bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the ribs from the liquid and cool. In a food processor, fitted with a metal blade, combine the rest of the ingredients. Process until smooth, about 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Pulse two or three times. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the ribs in a shallow roasting pan. Pour the pureed mixture over the ribs. Place the ribs in the oven and roast the ribs for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the ribs are tender. Slice into individual ribs and serve with Cilantro and Roasted Potato Salad.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes and garlic with a drizzle of olive oil. Toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Using a mini food processor, combine the mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cilantro and continue to process until incorporated. In a mixing bowl, toss the roasted potatoes and garlic, cilantro mayonnaise, sliced eggs, and red onions. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove from the refrigerator and mix the salad. Re-season with salt and pepper if needed.