Food Network Chef, Adriana Urbina's Venezuelan Inspired Slow Cooked Short Ribs
Cooking is an integral part of Latin American culture, That's why I’m so passionate about cooking. Preparing dishes that have been passed down through generations allows me to connect with my heritage and keep my culinary traditions alive :)!
I come from a family of architects and artists and they are the reason why I felt so confident in the kitchen since a very young age. They always encouraged me to find creative outlets to express and find myself and the kitchen was that place of play and connection with myself and the world around me.
I really love Latin American cuisine because it celebrates fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as tropical fruits, aromatic herbs, colorful vegetables, and a variety of grains and legumes. Working with these vibrant ingredients allows me to create dishes that are not only delicious but also visually appealing.
Cooking is a way to express my love and care for others. bringing happiness and satisfaction to those who taste my food is one of my biggest pleasures.
This short rib recipe is deeply rooted in the culinary history and cultural traditions of latin american cuisine. It showcases the flavors, techniques, and ingredients that have been passed down through generations.
Over time, as Latin America experienced colonization and cultural exchanges, the culinary traditions evolved, blending indigenous, European, and African influences. This fusion gave rise to unique cooking styles and flavors that are still celebrated today.
The traditional short rib recipe typically involves marinating the meat in a combination of spices and herbs, which can vary depending on the region and the family recipe. Common ingredients include garlic, onion, oregano, cumin, and sometimes citrus juices or vinegar to tenderize the meat and enhance the flavors.
After marinating, the ribs are often seared or grilled to create a flavorful crust and lock in the juices. Then, they are slow-cooked using methods such as braising or stewing, allowing the meat to become tender and succulent.
Latin American cultures often emphasize communal dining, where family and friends gather to share a meal. This recipe specifically has become a centerpiece in many celebrations, such as holidays, family gatherings, and special occasions. It symbolizes unity, hospitality, and the joy of sharing food with loved ones.
Each country in Latin America has its own unique variations of the traditional short rib recipe. For example, in Argentina, it is known as "Asado" and often cooked on a grill called a "parrilla." In Brazil, it is called "Costela" and is typically slow-cooked in a clay pot. In Mexico, "Costillas de Res" may be simmered in a flavorful broth or braised with spices.
The Latin American traditional short rib recipe is not only a delicious culinary creation but also a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region. It represents the fusion of diverse influences, the importance of family and community, and the celebration of flavors that have been cherished for centuries
This rich and savory dish showcases the vibrant flavors and traditional cooking techniques of Latin American cuisine. I am beyond excited to share with you a recipe that holds a very important place in my heart.
Venezuela inspired slow cooked Short- Ribs: Served: 4-6 people
● 5.5 -6 lbs beef short ribs
Dry Rub Ingredients
- 1½ tbsp of coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika
- 4 bay leaves
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp pink or regular kosher salt
- 1 tbsp Achiote powder
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Smokey BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 ½ tablespoons butter
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon tamari or coconut aminos or worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder or instant coffee
- 1 tablespoon Spanish smoked paprika
- Preheat your oven to 375 F
- Season the short ribs with salt and pepper.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the short ribs on all sides until nicely seared. This will enhance the flavor of the dish.
- in a medium size pyrex add: coconut sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, Achiote powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, tomato sauce, coconut aminos, cider vinegar, cacao powder and lemon juice.
- Mix very well with a whisk
- Add the sear short ribs and cover very well with aluminum foil.
- Cook for 3-4 hours until soft and tender.
- Serve with your favorite side ( rice, potatoes, puree, etc)
Enjoy your healthy and flavorful slow-cooked short ribs!