6 tbsp. New Mexico Chili powder (medium hot)
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
4 1/2 lbs. bone-in short ribs (or Costco's 4 lb. pkg. of boneless short ribs)
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
12 cloves garlic, lightly smashed & peeled
6 small-medium carrots, peeled & coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
4 cups (32 oz.) low sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
6 sprigs fresh thyme (1 tbsp.)
1/4 tsp. salt
Chopped scallion and/or cilantro for garnish (optional)
Steamed white rice, mashed potatoes or polenta
1. Preheat oven to 325F.
2. Mix together dry spices in a small bowl. Place ribs on foil-lined baking sheet and season all sides generously with the spice rub.
3. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot over medium high heat until the oil shimmers. Place ribs in a single layer in the pot (meaty side down) and cook in batches until golden crust forms, turning over once. Remove ribs to a plate.
4. Remove all but 2-3 tbsp. of oil in the pot (or add that amount, if there's no oil left), then add garlic, onion, celery and carrots. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes until browned and caramelized. Add wine to deglaze; reduce by about 2/3. Add chicken stock and water, turn up heat and bring to a boil.
5. Return short ribs to the pot. Add thyme, 1/4 tsp. salt and bring back up to a simmer. Cover pot with an ovenproof lid and place in the oven. Cook/braise for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Let rest in the oven, covered, for 20-30 minutes before serving.
6. Skim off as much fat from the top as possible (there will be lots). NOTE: by the next day, the fat will have congealed so you can skim off whatever's left much more easily. Remove meat from the bones and return to the sauce in the pan (if using boneless, well then you can just skip this step). If there's a lot of sauce, you can put the pot on the stovetop, bring to a boil, and cook until the sauce is reduced to a gravy-like consistency.
7. Serve with steamed white rice (my fav), creamy polenta or mashed potatoes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and/or scallions.