Short ribs are often considered a cold weather dish, but we gave them a makeover for summer with a bright, tangy sauce (inspired by spiked sweet tea) and a fresh, herbal topping of parsley, scallions, and lemon zest. Serve these easy-to-prepare slow cooker ribs atop grits, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles or alongside potato salad with a tangy, vinegar-based (not mayonnaise-based) dressing.
3/4 cup (6 oz.), plus 1 Tbsp. (1/2 oz.) rye whisky, divided
1 cup sweet tea
1 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon warm water
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped scallions (about 4 scallions)
2 tablespoons lemon zest plus 2 tsp. fresh juice (from about 2 lemons)
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
How to Make It
Sprinkle short ribs with pepper and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Heat canola oil in a large (12-inch) cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add ribs, and cook until well browned, about 10 minutes, turning once. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.
Add onions, garlic, ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to skillet, and cook over medium-high, stirring often, until onions are very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of the whiskey, and cook 1 minute. Stir in tea and broth, and bring to a simmer, about 3 minutes. Pour onion mixture over ribs in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until meat is very tender and falling off the bone, about 7 hours.
Remove ribs, and set aside. Pour mixture from slow cooker through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a medium saucepan; discard solids. Cook liquid in pan over medium-high until reduced by half (about 1 1/2 cups), 10 to 12 minutes. Add sherry vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon whiskey. Stir together cornstarch and warm water; stir into mixture in pan, and bring to a simmer, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Combine parsley, scallions, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Serve ribs in whiskey sauce topped with parsley mixture.