The pros: Trader Joe's Korean Style Beef Short Ribs have tasty Korean flavors. Short ribs were tender, thin cut, don't require hours of cooking like many short rib recipes do. It's already marinaded and waiting for you to defrost.
The cons: You can't just grill these out of the bag. They absolutely have to defrost. Not a deal breaker, but if you are starving please plan accordingly. This isn't a 5 minute meal. I also wish there were more in the bag. As one person it would be easy to polish off the whole bag. Not a deal breaker though. Can't use a microwave.
The verdict: For $9.99 it's on the expensive side of things found in Trader Joe's freezer aisle, but on the flip side it's short rib. Thats not a cheap cut of beef by any measure. The marinade was very flavorful, but I highly recommend grilling or BBQing these. Tender meat ready in minutes if its already thawed. I'd buy it again, however, if Trader Joe’s Beef Bool Kogi is available in the refrigerated meat case, you might be better off reaching for that. The flavors are similar, you'll get more for your money and it's less of a process making it. Best of all, you won't have to find with bones and you won't waste anything.
The bag in the freezer aisle:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
What you get inside the bag? Another bag.
So I thawed it in some room temperature water:
I didn't grill them although I'm 100% positive that I should have after I ate them. They were good in a skillet but would be awesome charred. I totally committed the error of overcrowding the pan (shame on me) as I didn't realize that they were 5 thin strips of beef. So I cooked for 3 minutes on each side:
Be sure to flip (yes, I'm still mad at myself for successfully crowding a 12" pan):
When they were done (I know they didn't get grilled or very browned, I miscalculated this one):
Short rib is a fattier cut of meat, which means the flavor needs to be there. This was a very tasty marinade. It had strong flavor of soy, sesame, and ginger with a touch of heat. The bone basically will fall off of the meat. I wish I had cooked this on higher heat to let the marinade really concentrate. It's pouring rain otherwise I would have grilled these. If you have a grill pan make sure it is smoking hot and you'll enjoy these. I'll be buying these again.
You'll still need a side to go along with this to make a complete meal. Also, I wonder when Trader Joe's will come out with a Kim Chi condiment of some sort. We will have to wait and see.
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