Sous Vide Short Ribs

How To Cook Sous Vide Short Ribs

Short Ribs are rich in connective tissue. Connective tissue is primarily constructed of collagen, which is difficult to chew. The good news is, collagen can be broken down via the long term application of heat. Even better, collagen breaks down into gelatin, which is unctuous and delicious.

Traditionally, cooking techniques like braising and stewing are used to make tough cuts of beef, like short ribs amazingly tender and yummy. We have had little choice in the 'doneness' of short ribs, as braising and stewing require high temperature cooking over a long period of time.

With the availability of sous vide, we can take advantage of persistent, accurate low temperature cooking to achieve unique results. Since we know that collagen starts to break down in the 130F range, we can utilize sous vide over a longer period of time to break down collagen while keeping short ribs medium-medium rare. This technique can make inexpensive cuts like short ribs similar to premium cuts of beef. This cut can generally be cooked at temperatures in the medium-rare - medium range of the chart for many hours and up to three days. It is not advised that you go below 130ºF with this type of cut.

Sous Vide Short Ribs Recipe/Time

The most simple way of preparing short ribs is to:

  1. Bring your sous vide setup up to the proper temperature (see chart below).
  2. Cut it into portions.
  3. Put the short ribs into individual bags, along with a cooking fat like butter or olive oil, as well as some salt
  4. Seal the bag and place it in the water bath for some time.
  5. Remove the bag from the water bath, and the short ribs from the bag

Sous Vide Short Ribs Temperature Chart

Medium Rare:131-139°F
Medium Well:150-155°F

Additional Sous Vide Short Ribs Recipes Blog: Sous Vide Short Ribs with Poached Eggs
Sous Vide Short Ribs with Poached Eggs & Blue Cheese Bread Pudding.

Fork In The Road's 72-Hour Braised Angus Beef Rib Sandwich
Popular central Florida food truck uses sous vide to prepare short rib sandwich. Angus Short ribs are prepared at 145F for 72 hours.

Sous Vide Beef Short Ribs with Onion Whipped Potatoes and Sautéed Rapini
Short ribs prepped at 160F for 48 hours, then simmered in a beef stock based braising liquid.

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