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Short Ribs with Cucumber and Orange Salad

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 4 hrs

Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 ounces meat and 3/4 cup salad)

Short ribs are typically braised, but they also hold up beautifully over low heat on the grill--the technique is a real game-changer. So, too, is the lightly charred orange, peel and all: fragrant, fruity, and removed of most of its bitterness.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in short ribs
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 navel orange, thickly sliced
  • 4 Persian cucumbers, shaved paper thin (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup thinly shaved shallots (about 2 shallots)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 habanero chile, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, grated on a rasp or Microplane grater
  • 1 tablespoon uncooked long-grain white rice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 345
  • fat 12.2 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • monofat 6.1 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 30 g
  • carbohydrate 31 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 89 mg
  • iron 5 mg
  • sodium 609 mg
  • calcium 109 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients. Pat ribs dry; rub with spice mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat grill to medium heat.

  3. After preheating, turn left burner off (leave right burner on). Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Arrange ribs on left side of grill rack; grill, covered, 3 hours or until tender and a thermometer registers 200° (maintain grill temperature at 325°). Place ribs on a cutting board; cover loosely with foil. Let stand 10 minutes.

  4. Increase grill temperature to high. Place orange slices on right side of grill rack; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until charred. Cool slightly; coarsely chop. Combine orange and next 8 ingredients (through grated garlic) in a large bowl.

  5. Cook rice in a skillet over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the color of toast, stirring frequently. Place rice in a spice grinder or mortar; finely grind.

  6. Remove rib meat from bones; discard bones. Cut meat into thin slices. Place cucumber mixture on a platter; top with rib meat. Sprinkle with ground rice.