Prep 40 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins
- 4 dried ancho chiles, stemmed,seeded,and ribs discarded
- 2 cups boiling-hot water
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo, plus
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 6 lbs short rib of beef (or flanken)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 cup brewed coffee
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Soak ancho chiles in boiling-hot water until softened, about 20 minutes, then drain in a colander set over a bowl.
- Taste soaking liquid: It will be a little bitter, but if unpleasantly so, discard it; otherwise, reserve for braising.
- Transfer ancho chiles to a blender and purée with onion, garlic, chipotles with sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon salt.
- Pat ribs dry and sprinkle with pepper and remaining 2 teaspoons salt.
- Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown ribs in 3 batches, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes per batch.
- Transfer as browned to a roasting pan just large enough to hold ribs in 1 layer.
- Carefully add chile purée to fat remaining in skillet (use caution, since it will splatter and steam) and cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, 5 minutes.
- Add reserved chile soaking liquid (or 1 1/2 cups water) and coffee and bring to a boil, then pour over ribs (liquid should come about halfway up sides of meat).
- Cover roasting pan tightly with foil and braise ribs in middle of oven until very tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
- Skim fat from pan juices and serve with ribs.
- Cooks' note: Ribs improve in flavor if braised 2 days ahead.
- Cool, uncovered, then chill, surface covered with parchment paper or wax paper and roasting pan covered with foil.
- Remove any solidified fat before reheating.
I'm giving this 5 stars because DH went nuts over this dish. I thought it OK but it didn't "wow" me. I substituted a 14 ounce can of beef broth for the "ancho chili soaking water" (at the price of beef ribs I wasn't about to take a chance that the water would be bitter). The second time I made this dish I also added some country style boneless ribs which is simply chuck roast cut in 1" wide strips. I brown the ribs very well in order to try and cook out as much fat as possible then drain off all extra fat. I also like to refrigerate the whole pot and then skim off as much congealed fat as possible. The way DH likes this I'm sure it will be a regular in our house.
Paula, We thought this recipe was missing something. We've had this dish at Cafe Annie's in Houston where the Chef makes it with Filet, Yum! I also have made Mark Bittman's similar recipe with short ribs. Your recipe is missing something and that could be either beer or wine and a cup or so of a rich stock. Interesting and fun recipe to play around with, thanks for posting.