The other evening, I was ruminating about what to cook for Sunday dinner. I was thinking of doing something totally Irish and I had got as far as deciding on beef ribs when my musings were interrupted by the Wife; “Whiskey, Honey?” she asked with her usual economy of language. “Yes” I replied as inspiration dawned, “That’ll do it”. So I enjoyed a glass of Bushmills and plotted Sunday’s feed. There was not a lot of scheming required. It seemed that fate had decided on Beef Ribs with a Whiskey and Honey Glaze. First, I got my hands on some lovely beef ribs for very little money. What you see in the picture cost just €20.
These were seasoned and placed on a baking tray in an oven at 140 degrees C for 4 hours.
While this was going on, I mixed a very generous glass of Irish whiskey with about half a jar of 1,000 flower honey (from a friend who has a friend who has a relation who produces it locally).
I suppose I had better show you a pouring shot. Pouring the honey that is. It was far too early in the day to hit the whiskey (tempting and all as it was). Bear in mind, I am doing the pouring, and taking the picture at the same time. A lucky shot, I think (The luck of the Irish).
After three hours, I took the ribs out of the oven and painted them with the glaze. Half an hour later, I turned them over and re-glazed them.
At this stage, I popped some seasoned sweet potatoes into the oven too. After 30 minutes (on the 4 hour mark) I took the beef ribs out.
I let them rest for 10 minutes while the sweet potatoes finished cooking. I served this with a side of very slowly sautéed onion. The picture speaks for itself.
The beef was falling off the bone. The whiskey and honey glaze worked really well with the sweet potato. This was 100% Irish and a 100% success.