As the weather has turned crisp, we haven’t completely abandoned the grill.  I recently found short ribs on sale, and thought I’d treat Nathan to a nice meal.  We only go out to eat about once a week, both to save money, and because Elliott’s behavior in restaurants can mean we spend more time trying to get him to behave, than we spend enjoying our meal.  I could easily see these short ribs costing $18 or more at a restaurant.  It’s nice to enjoy a restaurant quality meal from the comfort of our own home!

I marinated these overnight, then following some of the commenters suggestions, I cooked these in the slow cooker for about 4 hours.  Afterwards I reserved the remaining marinade and reduced it on the stovetop.  Nathan finished these off on the grill for that great grilled taste.  It was the perfect lazy Sunday meal, requiring little actual effort.  These had fantastic flavor, and were perfectly tender.  I loved the sweet/tangy flavor combo.  It wasn’t too strong of a flavor either.  I paired them with coconut rice (jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk), and some steamed broccoli.  I feel like I never seem to post dinner recipes these days, so it was important for me to share this!


Sweet Soy Grilled Short Ribs


1 cup sugar
3/4 cup Chinese oyster sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sake (Japanese rice wine), Chinese rice wine, or dry sherry
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 piece (1 inch) peeled fresh ginger, minced
2 scallions, white parts minced, green parts thinly sliced
About 3 pounds bone-in individual beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces


Place the sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sake, garlic, ginger, and scallion whites in a large, nonreactive mixing bowl and whisk to mix. Stir in the short ribs. Cover the bowl and let the ribs marinate overnight.

Remove ribs from marinade and place in slow cooker. I stood mine up and laid a few in the middle, so there was an even layer. Pour marinade over the ribs, and cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Preheat grill. Remove ribs and set aside. Pour remaining marinade into a pot and reduce over medium to medium low heat for 10-15 minutes to reduce. Grill ribs about 1-2 min per side, until done. These don't need much time on the grill because of the time spent in the slowcooker.

Transfer the ribs to a platter or plates, sprinkle the scallion greens on top, and serve.

adapted from Epicurious