Football season and the holidays are upon us, which means lots of parties, tailgates, and quality time with friends and family. Gatherings of any size require food. Lots of food, and often of the finger variety. These Sous Vide short rib sliders are great served as party appetizers or as the main dish, when you simply can't get enough.
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Who doesn't love a slider? They're the perfect size, usually requiring just one hand, leaving the other free to balance your plate of other goodies or to nurse your favorite beverage. It also leaves plenty of space in your belly to snack on other appetizers. But, you may not want to eat anything else once you get your hands on these Sous Vide short rib sliders.
We were given a Sous Vide as a gift some months ago and my husband, Seware, simply can't get enough. As you may already know, he is obsessed with cooking meat. He's also a huge fan of efficiency, which comes aplenty with this neat little device.
Sous vide means “under vacuum” in French, which is where this cooking technique got it's name. The food is vacuum-sealed in a bag and cooked in a temperature-controlled water bath. This allows you to achieve precise results rather than accidentally over-cooking your food. For example, if you like your steak medium-rare but enjoy a nice, flavorful crisp on the outside, it can be extremely difficult to properly sear the outside while maintaining the right shade of pink on the inside. The Sous Vide produces results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method, as boasted by the brand. And rightly so.
It's also super beneficial because it's a drop-and-go kitchen tool. It's like a slow cooker, in some ways, in that all you have to do is set it up and forget about it until your little mobile app tells you that the cooking time is up. The major difference is that your food won't over-cook or burn, which is possible with a slow cooker.
We cooked these short ribs for an easy 24 hours at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, and let me tell you… my mouth was watering all day. When it was time to take them out of their bags to shred apart, I hardly even had to do any work. They just fell apart on their own into perfectly cooked pieces, ready to be piled onto my buns! You truly cannot beat the tenderness.
Couple perfect meat with to-die-for toppings and a seasoned bun and you've got some seriously mouthwatering short rib sliders.
Note: Don't be shocked by the amount of beef recommended for this recipe. With short ribs, you aren't left with nearly as much meat as you'd think! You lose about half of the weight in bones and fat, resulting in enough meat for a baking dish of sliders.
If you're looking for other appetizers and small bites, try my Tomato Bruschetta with Garlic and Basil (a Life She Lives favorite!).