What Are Short Ribs?


What Are Short Ribs?

Tender, full of flavor, and delicious, there’s nothing more than a great plate of short ribs. Whether you prepare those ribs braised, grilled, or cooked another way, creating a great dish starts with understanding the cut and the best ways to bring out its flavor. That’s something that we’re experts in here at Bull & Bourbon, and we’re pleased to share that knowledge with you. 

So What are Short Ribs and Where do they Come From? 

Beef short ribs are found on menus in many different restaurants, and you can even cook them at home. These ribs come from the beef chuck of an animal, and consist of the ends of the ribs near the breastbone. These narrow cuts of beef are shorter than traditional ribs, so they don’t make for good steak. The meat off of these bones isn’t as tender as the meat of a steak, but it has much more flavor. 

In terms of flavor, short ribs fall somewhere between the flavors of the chuck and the rib cuts. They have a beefy flavor supplemented with rich marbling, making them an ideal comfort food.  

These ribs can be cut in two ways. The English-style cut divides the ribs into small pieces containing one bone. The BBQ-style cut divides the ribs into strips. Each strip contains three bones and the meat is tucked between the ribs. You can also find boneless short ribs. 

If you can’t purchase short ribs locally, you can substitute a chuck roast if needed. It will take more time to trim up a chuck roast than it will to trim short ribs, though, so it’s best to buy short ribs when possible. 

How to Cook Short Ribs

Short ribs are versatile, so you can cook them any number of ways, including on the grill, braised, in a pressure cooker, broiled, or even sous vide. 

You’ll find countless short rib recipes online, so you’re sure to find a way to prepare these ribs that you enjoy. Don’t forget that you can always let Bull & Bourbon take care of all of the cooking for you.  

Why Bull & Bourbon Has the Best Short Ribs Around

If you want to try the best short ribs available, then you need to go to Bull & Bourbon. Our Braised Short Rib has quickly become a favorite dish. Served with creamy white polenta, natural jus, and a diced apple and toasted almond salad, these ribs are absolutely delicious. 

It’s with good reason, too. At Bull & Bourbon, we use steak cuts from our in-house butcher program and choose select cuts from our on-site aging room, ensuring that we deliver the best quality meats with every dish. 

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The Perfect Short Rib Pairing

There’s only one way that you can improve on our short ribs, and that’s to pair them with the perfect bourbon. Our extensive bourbon menu means that you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Our 30 internationally-sourced bourbons include many rare choices perfect for sampling or pairing with your meal. You’ll find an amazing variety of choices including Bakers 7 Year, Belle Meade “Sherry Cask,” Breckenridge, Calumet Farm “10 Year, Single Rack Black,” Noah’s Mill, and more. 

Not sure where to start? Our waitstaff will be happy to help you choose the bourbon that beautifully complements your dish. 

Bull & Bourbon Delmonico Steak

More Reasons to Visit Bull & Bourbon

Not a fan of short ribs? There are plenty of other selections at Bull & Bourbon. Our menu is full of great choices like our prime cuts of Delmonico Steak (pictured above), our 8-Ounce Grass Fed Filet Mignon, a 16-Ounce New York Strip, and a delectable 14-Ounce Bone-In Filet. We have a wide variety of entrees to appeal to any palette, from our Grilled Ora King Salmon to Mary’s Wood Roasted Harissa Half Chicken. Our Penne Giardiniera is a great vegan option, while our Grilled 14-Ounce Bone-In Pork Chop and Mexican Street Corn are gluten-free favorites. 

Rather than cooking dinner tonight, treat your family to a meal at Bull & Bourbon, located in the lovely Sycuan Resort & Casino. We’ll take care of the meat selection and cooking, and you can sit back and enjoy the drink menu while our chefs carefully prepare each dish. You may just discover that bourbon that becomes your new favorite, and don’t short ribs always taste better when someone else has prepared them? 

Make your reservation today and we’ll see you at Bull & Bourbon soon!