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Tough Short Rib after rookie mistakes. Help me salvage dinner!?

Used this lovely sounding recipe a couple nights ago. Followed it to a T except the short ribs came as one unbutchered hunk weighing a pounds worth of 3 ribs and I didn't realize I should have cut them apart. Braised for 3 hours at 275 and still rubbery and tough.
Dinner ended up being take out :/ I let the whole pot cool off and stuck it in the refrigerator. It's been 48 hours and I'm curious if I should braise a lil longer.
Have I overcooked em? Can I braise longer? Should I carve them into individual ribs before I do so?

asked by Sheetal 8 months ago
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added 8 months ago

This was the recipe from Food 52:

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QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

added 8 months ago

Try taking the meat out of the bones (if not possible, leave it on) and braising it for another couple of hours half covered in liquid (broth or thin tomato sauce) at 200F. At bare minimum you will get a decent pasta sauce.

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added 8 months ago

Thank you.

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added 8 months ago

I realize this doesn't help you with your rubberized meat, but I made a similar rookie mistake making braised oxtail for a dinner party. I let it boil for a while (unintentionally) instead of a very slow simmer, and the meat became molecularly bonded to the bone. Anything I could get off had the texture of a car tire (not that i've ever chewed on a car tire). Now i keep a close eye on my braises and have not had a repeat of that unfortunate incident. Good luck and hope you can salvage your short ribs.

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