Imagine sinking your teeth into succulent, melt-in-your-mouth short ribs that have been slow-cooked to perfection. The rich flavors of these tender cuts, derived from the “chuck” portion of the animal, make them an irresistible choice for any meat lover. While the ribs may be shorter and unsuitable for other cuts, they hold the key to a truly memorable dining experience.
Discovering the Delights
Costco, the go-to warehouse for quality products, offers a variety of short ribs that can elevate your culinary adventures. During a recent visit to my local Costco Warehouse in Issaquah, WA, I stumbled upon two enticing options in the fresh meat section.
The first discovery was the bone-in Sliced Beef Short Ribs from the renowned Kansas City Steak Company. These ribs boast 100% pure beef, locked in by the bone for enhanced flavor.
If you’re looking for a different experience, try the Kirkland Signature USDA Choice Beef Plate Short Ribs from the deli section. These tender cuts promise a tantalizing feast that will leave you craving more.
Unfortunately, Costco does not currently offer short ribs for sale on Costco.com. However, you may find additional options such as Red Moon Kalbi Beef Short Ribs or Braised Beef Short Ribs with Sesame BBQ Sauce from Ruprecht’s at select Costco locations. I recommend checking your local Costco Warehouse for availability.
Exploring the Cost
The price of short ribs at Costco varies, ranging from $6.99 to $7.99 per pound. Each package typically weighs between five and eight pounds, resulting in a total price ranging from $30 to $60. While short ribs may not be the cheapest meat on the market, the value they bring to your table is worth every penny.
Among the options, the USDA Choice ribs are slightly pricier, while the bone-in ribs from Kansas City Steak Company offer a more affordable alternative. Please note that beef prices in the US fluctuate, so expect the per-pound prices of short ribs to change periodically.
Preparing the Perfect Bite
When it comes to preparing short ribs, braising takes center stage. This slow-cooking method involves placing the ribs in a covered container and cooking them in the oven. The result? A tender and juicy masterpiece that will leave you craving seconds.
For a guaranteed mouthwatering experience, try the Braised Short Ribs recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch, which boasts a solid 5-star rating from nearly 500 reviews. Alternatively, HealthyRecipes.com offers a highly popular braised short ribs recipe that never disappoints. If you prefer a touch of spice, Cooking On The Ranch presents a tantalizing Braised Mexican Short Ribs recipe.
If simplicity is your goal, Wholesome Yum has your back with their Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe. With just five ingredients and a little over an hour from start to finish, you can savor delectable ribs without breaking a sweat.
More Culinary Adventures
Barbecuing the short ribs opens up a whole new world of possibilities, particularly when it comes to Korean-style BBQ ribs. The New York Times Cooking page offers an exceptional recipe for Korean-style BBQ short ribs (galbi). With approximately 30 minutes of cooking time and several hours of marination, your taste buds are in for a treat.
While the short ribs at Costco offer a seemingly mouthwatering experience, it’s important to consider the feedback from satisfied customers. Unfortunately, positive reviews are few and far between. Some customers have expressed concerns about the texture, thickness, and even an odd smell of the ribs.
However, every culinary journey is unique, and what doesn’t suit one palate may delight another. It’s worth noting that Costco may not be the most reliable source for consistently high-quality short ribs. For those seeking utmost satisfaction, exploring local butchers or Korean grocers may prove a fruitful endeavor.
So, whether you choose to indulge in the tantalizing short ribs at Costco or embark on a quest for an alternative, the rich flavors and tender bites of these delectable cuts are sure to create an unforgettable dining experience.
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