Spicy Slow-Cooked Short Ribs with Lime & Basil

 

  • 1 Tbs. peanut oil
  • 3 lb. small bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 small fresh hot red chiles, such as Thai bird, stemmed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, quartered
  • 1 3-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup lime marmalade
  • 1/2 cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh basil leaves; plus small leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a 5- to 6-quart stovetop-safe slow cooker insert (or in a 12-inch skillet) over medium heat. Add half of the short ribs and brown well, turning once, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining short ribs.

Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the chiles, garlic, ginger, thyme, allspice, and nutmeg; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the marmalade and stir until melted. Fit the insert into the slow cooker. (If using a skillet, scrape its contents into a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.)

Stir in the broth and soy sauce. Nestle the short ribs into the sauce, pouring any juice from the bowl on top. Cover and cook until fork-tender, 5 to 6 hours on high or 9 hours on low. (The short ribs can stay on the keep-warm setting for up to 2 hours.)

Use tongs to transfer the short ribs to serving bowls or a platter. Strain the sauce into a fat separator; set aside for a few minutes. Pour the defatted sauce into a 3-quart saucepan, add the vinegar, and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Stir in the basil and cook for 1 minute to let the flavors meld. Season to taste with salt and pepper, pour the sauce over the short ribs, garnish with small basil leaves, if using, and serve.