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Sous-vide cooking works its magic on a lot of foods, but short ribs yield some of the most dramatic results I've seen. In traditional recipes, the ribs (usually cut into short 2- to 3-inch chunks by the butcher) are braised for several hours. Although the braising method adds great flavor and makes the meat extremely tender, the meat is also necessarily well-done. But, thanks to our sous-vide wizardry, we're able to maintain a perfectly pink medium-rare and have our meat come out fork-tender. After tasting these short ribs, I may never cook any type of ribs the same way again. This summer, I plan to lightly smoke a rack of spare ribs, then cook them sous-vide for a few days before finishing them back on the grill. I expect pretty incredible results.


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15 mins
3 days
3 days
6 pounds


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat water in a sous-vide water bath to 133 degrees F (56 degrees C).

  • Trim any areas of fat left on short ribs; coat thoroughly with garlic and salt. Place ribs into a large, sealable plastic bag. Seal, on low pressure if using a vacuum sealer, removing as much air as possible.

  • Submerge bag fully in the water bath and cook, rotating every 12 to 18 hours, for 60 hours. Increase heat to 144.5 degrees F (62.5 degrees C) and cook an additional 12 hours.

  • Remove ribs from water bath; let rest in bag on cooling rack placed over baking sheet until cool enough to handle.

  • Remove ribs from bag and drain. Turn ribs bone-side up on a work surface and slice meat between bones lengthwise to separate ribs. Cut membrane running along the length of the rib; slide bone loose from the meat. Trim any excess fat and cut into serving portions.

  • Pat ribs dry with paper towels; return to cooling rack-lined baking sheet. Heat a skillet until smoking hot; brown ribs quickly, 30 seconds to 1 minute per side.

Cook's Notes:

I use a 6-pound uncut slab of short ribs from my butcher, but you can use 6 to 8 pre-cut pieces.

I prefer alderwood smoked salt.

Use more than 1 sealable plastic bag if necessary to leave plenty of room between ribs.

Ribs can also be browned to finish using a blowtorch, or under a hot broiler. The goal is to brown them evenly and as quickly as possible.

Nutrition Facts

940 calories; protein 43g; carbohydrates 1.3g; fat 83.3g; cholesterol 186.4mg; sodium 2401.6mg. Full Nutrition