To keep you in front of the television instead of the stove, we kept the recipe simple. Start by dumping everything in a bowl to marinate. When you're ready to cook, transfer it to a baking sheet and pop it in the oven. Done.
To make sure the ribs are meltingly tender, cook them low and slow while you watch the first half of the game. They should be good to go right around halftime.
And if beef isn't your thing, the same approach will work with pork ribs and chicken wings (though you'll need to adjust the cooking time).
Sweet and sticky slow-cooked short ribs
½ cup hoisin sauce
½ cup rice vinegar
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon five-spice powder
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 cloves minced garlic
3 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into long, thin strips (¼ inch thick by 1 inch wide)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the hoisin, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, five-spice powder, sesame oil and garlic. Reserve ½ cup of the mixture in a small bowl. Add the short ribs to the original mixture and toss to thoroughly coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least 8 hours, or overnight.
When ready to cook, heat the oven to 275 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and place a rack over each pan.
Arrange the short ribs on the rack and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until tender. Brush the ribs with the reserved ½ cup of marinade and increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees.
Return to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes, or until browned and caramelized.
Thread a skewer through each piece of meat to serve.
Makes 12 appetizer servings. Per serving: 270 calories; 130 calories from fat (48 percent of total calories); 14 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 65 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 23 g protein; 650 mg sodium.
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