Double Check Ranch grass fed, free range, hormone and antibiotic free short ribs yesterday, after marinading them Monday and Tuesday in 1/2 a bottle of Grady's Hot BBQ sauce. Cut up a Fresh & Easy sweet onion (hard to find organic onions around here), a Trader Joe's organic red bell pepper, and a handful of Fresh & Easy organic portabello mushrooms. After preparing the veggies for grilling, I dumped all of the left over BBQ sauce from the marinating ziplock bag onto the veggies, along with 4 pads of organic butter (that I picked up at Fresh & Easy Monday afternoon).
Dr Desert Flower normally doesn't like beef, and said Tuesday morning that she'd "try one" for dinner. But by 730pm when she got home and I took these off the grill's upper rack, they looked, smelled, and tasted so good, she couldn't resist eating more than one! =) I had the last 3 pieces for lunch this afternoon, and I think they were MORE tasty and tender today than they were last night. Being organic free range beef, where the cows actually have to walk around and build some muscle mass - as opposed to just being force fed chemicals and hormones in an industrial food factory - the short ribs were a little tough. Sharpened steak knives, strong grips, and honed incisors were needed to render the tasty flesh from the bones - and don't forget the floss for afterward too!
The cooking experiment turned out much better than expected, since this was the first time in my life I had marinated and braised short ribs, but I figured I have watched enough cooking shows that I couldn't get it too wrong. I'd not even intended to buy short ribs, but they were included in a "1- pound pack" from Double Check that I picked up at the Farmer's Market last month, and they were taking up alot of room in the freezer since then. Next time, I will marinade longer, and include some alcohol in the marinade to help soften the meat. DDF has a 3 year old bottle of Southern Comfort that I can't stand the idea of drinking... but might consider using the ethanol within to soften the meat.
Thank you Gradys, Double Check, Fresh & Easy and Trader Joes for making this nearly 100% organic delicious meal possible!
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