When it comes to indulging in a delectable rib experience, beef finger ribs, also known as boneless ribs, are a hidden gem that will leave your taste buds craving for more. These succulent cuts are derived from the rib primal of a cow, the same area from which the famous prime rib is sourced. While they may be a bit elusive to find, stumbling upon these meaty morsels in your local grocery store is a true delight.
Imagine a juicy ribeye steak with the long tomahawk bones removed, and what you have are these flavorful boneless strips called beef fingers. Before diving into the cooking process, it’s essential to remove any cartilage present, as it tends to be chewy and doesn’t break down during cooking.
To elevate the inherent beefy taste, a marinade is key. Marinating these ribs for a few hours infuses them with tantalizing flavors. By adding a touch of sugar to the marinade, you can achieve the same results without the need for barbecue sauce. The sugar caramelizes and imparts a delicious sweetness during the cooking process.
Now, the cooking method is where the magic happens. While you can grill these ribs hot and fast, akin to cooking a ribeye steak, for that oh-so-tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture, slow cooking at a low temperature over indirect heat is the way to go. This process allows the muscle fibers and marbling to break down gradually, resulting in ribs that are irresistibly tender.
To create the perfect marinade, you’ll need a few key ingredients. A 6-ounce can of pineapple juice provides a fruity and acidic touch, while soy sauce adds savory and umami notes. The addition of white vinegar cuts through the sweetness and also serves as a natural tenderizer. For a richer flavor profile, opt for dark brown sugar. Fresh garlic, roughly chopped, brings a pungent kick to the mix. Water, kosher salt, black pepper, and chili flakes round out the flavors harmoniously.
Pour yourself into the full recipe card below for precise measurements and serving details.
Let’s dive into the preparation process. Begin by unwrapping the beef finger ribs and patting them dry with a paper towel. Use a sharp filet knife to carefully remove the hard cartilage layer from one side. At this point, you can choose to leave the ribs long or cut them in half for easier handling.
Place the trimmed ribs in a generously sized zip-top bag. Pour in the marinade, ensuring it coats the ribs entirely. Remove any excess air from the bag, seal it, and gently massage the marinade into the meat. Place the bag in the refrigerator and let the flavors work their magic for a luxurious 4-8 hours.
It’s time to fire up the grill or smoker! Preheat it to a temperature of 250-275°F, ensuring you have an indirect heat zone. Remove the marinated ribs from the bag and place them on the grill over the indirect heat. Let them cook until the internal temperature reaches a delightful 200-205°F. This slow and steady process will take around 3 hours. Enhance the smoky flavor by adding wood chips or wood chunks at the start of the cooking process.
Now that your BBQ beef finger ribs are tender and bursting with flavor, it’s time to serve them up. Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and sliced green onions for an added pop of freshness. Accompany these heavenly ribs with a bowl of sticky white rice, allowing the flavors to harmonize and create a memorable dining experience.
Plan for two ribs per person, or perhaps three to four if you decide to cut the ribs in half. While the marinade in this recipe is mouthwateringly delicious on its own, you can also serve these ribs with your favorite BBQ sauce for an extra touch of saucy goodness.
After relishing this extraordinary culinary journey, you might find yourself with some leftovers. Fear not, as BBQ beef finger ribs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Alternatively, you can freeze them for up to six months, ensuring you have a taste of barbecue bliss anytime you desire.
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Indulge in the succulent world of beef finger ribs and experience a remarkable flavor adventure that will leave you craving more. So fire up that grill, marinate those ribs, and get ready to savor barbecue perfection.
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