Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot Recipe

Welcome to the world of BBQ where flavors and aromas collide, creating a culinary experience like no other. And what better way to indulge in this experience than with some delicious short ribs made in a clay pot? In this recipe, we take Flanken Style Short Ribs and combine them with an apricot glaze for a sweet and savory flavor explosion that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

But why stop at just any short ribs recipe when you can make the best? This recipe stands out from all of the others with the perfect combination of ingredients that will bring a whole new level of flavor to your dinner table. Whether you are looking for a new recipe to impress your family or guests, or you simply want something different for dinner tonight, our Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot Recipe is sure to hit the spot. So, get ready to take your taste buds on a delicious journey and let’s start cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot
Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot

Attention all BBQ enthusiasts! Let me tell you why you’ll fall in love with this Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot recipe. It’s an amazing mix of sweet and savory flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Firstly, the dish is cooked in a clay pot, which gives it a beautiful rustic flavor, unlike anything you’ve tasted before. The clay pots’ unique cooking properties ensure that the meat cooks evenly and remains moist and flavorful throughout the process.

Now let’s talk about the ingredients. This recipe calls for the use of flanken cut short ribs, which are succulent, meaty, and cook quickly thanks to being cross-cut across the bone. The combination of apricots, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and soy sauce give it a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

You may opt for spicy apricot or Korean short ribs variations for some added excitement. Incorporating ingredients such as garlic cloves, onion, beef broth, red pepper flakes, cumin, brown sugar pepper granulated garlic, sesame oil gives it an incredible depth of flavor without overwhelming the palate.

Looking for gluten-free options? No problem! You can substitute the diced onion salt with celery root for an equally delicious alternative.

So whether you’re planning a summer BBQ with friends or hosting a cozy winter dinner party at home, these Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot will surely hit the spot. Trust me; your guests will be blown away by this fantastic culinary masterpiece.

Ingredient List

 Unleash the full flavor of these Apricot Flanken Short Ribs!
Unleash the full flavor of these Apricot Flanken Short Ribs!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot:

  • 3 pounds of Flanken-cut beef short ribs
  • 1 diced onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups of ketchup
  • 1 cup of apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 small celery root, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon pepper granulated garlic
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • A splash of red wine

Note: Make sure you get “Flanken-cut” short ribs, which means the meat has been cut across the bone instead of between the bones. This results in more tender and flavorful meat. Also, feel free to swap out any ingredients for gluten-free or low-sodium options if needed.

The Recipe How-To

 These savory ribs will take your taste buds on a wild ride.
These savory ribs will take your taste buds on a wild ride.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

To create this mouthwatering Apricot Flanken Short Ribs, you should first gather all of the ingredients mentioned in the ingredient list. You will need about 3 cups of cooked white rice to serve with your meat, and for the apricot flanken sauce, you will require garlic cloves, onion, beef broth, red pepper flakes, cumin, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and soy sauce. Additionally, you’ll need some brown sugar and apricot preserves which form the deliciously fruity flavor in this recipe.

Step 2: Prepare the Flanken Short Ribs

Next, get your flanken short ribs and season them with some celery root, diced onion, onion salt, ground black pepper, and granulated garlic. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3: Create the Sauce Mixture

In a separate bowl mix together all of the ingredients required to make the fruity apricot sauce mixture. Combine 1 cup of apricot preserves with 3 cups of ketchup and add 1 tablespoon each of Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar. Stir in some red pepper flakes and cumin to add tasteful spiciness to your dish. Lastly, add soy sauce and a hint of brown sugar to balance out the flavors.

Step 4: Cook in Clay Pot

Now that we have our short ribs ready to go and our sauce mixture prepared let’s proceed to start cooking using our clay pot. First put your seasoned short ribs into the clay pot covering them with the previously created apricot sauce mixture until they are evenly coated. It is very important that you use a deep enough clay pot to accommodate your ribs’ size keeping them fully submerged in your sweet-smelling apricot mixture.

Now let’s put our clay pot into a preheated oven at roughly 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius)  for about an hour or so until well cooked. Remember to check on it every now on then making sure that we don’t overcook our ribs! Once finished cooking let’s take out from oven carefully and allow it to cool before serving.

Congratulations! You have now succeeded in preparing your very own deliciously juicy Apricot Flanken Short Ribs made right within the confines of a clay pot!

Substitutions and Variations

 Nothing beats a clay pot full of juicy, tender short ribs.
Nothing beats a clay pot full of juicy, tender short ribs.

Are you looking to switch things up with this recipe? There are several ingredient substitutions and variations that you can try to make this dish your own.

Instead of short ribs, you can use other types of meat such as pot roast or pork ribs. A different cut of beef like miami ribs or korean short ribs can also be used. These variations will bring a unique flavor and texture to the dish.

For those who wish to avoid gluten, try using gluten-free soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce instead of regular versions. And for those with dietary restrictions, try adjusting the recipe to be vegan by using seitan or tempeh instead of beef.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding in different spices like allspice or even some heat with red pepper flakes. Or swap out apricot for other fruits like pineapple or mango for a tropical twist.

In terms of cooking methods, you can also adapt this recipe to a slow cooker or pressure cooker for convenience. An instant pot or crock pot would work well for this type of braised short rib recipe.

With these substitutions and variations, the possibilities are endless for creating your own spin on this delicious apricot flanken short ribs in a clay pot recipe. Get creative and happy cooking!

Serving and Pairing

 Sweet and savory collide in this mouthwatering recipe.
Sweet and savory collide in this mouthwatering recipe.

The rich and savory flavor of apricot flanken short ribs in a clay pot is well-balanced by the sweetness of the apricots, making for a sumptuous feast that’s hard to resist. When it comes to serving this delightful dish, I recommend pairing it with some cooked white rice or mashed sweet potatoes. These sides will complement the meaty texture of the beef and add an extra dimension of flavor to the dish.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try pairing your apricot flanken short ribs with grilled asparagus, roasted bell peppers or garlic mushrooms. These side dishes not only bring out the flavors of this classic BBQ staple but also provide a healthy dose of essential nutrients.

For drinks, I recommend pairing your flanken short ribs with a good red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot because they have a bold and earthy taste that complements the richness of the beef. If you prefer something non-alcoholic, sweet tea or fruit punch can also make great companions for your tasty meal.

The garnish you choose can make all the difference when serving your short ribs. Some fresh herbs like parsley or sage can enhance both the aroma and taste of this dish. You might also consider a side salad comprising freshly-chopped veggies like lettuce, cucumber, avocado and tomato for an invigorating crunch.

Remember, serving this dish warm is critical to bringing out all of its juicy flavors. To avoid giving your guests cold food, consider using heat-resistant plates that retain temperature well or serve your dish as soon as it is ready. That way, your guests will enjoy tender and flavorful meat that ages well on their taste buds long after it has gone cold.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make room for the ultimate BBQ ribs on your plate.
Make room for the ultimate BBQ ribs on your plate.

This apricot flanken short ribs recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. It’s best to let the ribs cool down to room temperature first, then refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to four days. When you’re ready to reheat, there are a few options you can choose from.

If you have time, letting the short ribs come back to room temperature before reheating will help the meat retain its texture and flavor. You can reheat the ribs in the oven or on the stovetop with a little bit of beef broth or water to keep them moist. The ribs should be reheated slowly over low heat until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Another option is to reheat the short ribs in a slow cooker or pressure cooker for a hands-off approach. If using a slow cooker, place the ribs in the pot with some beef broth or water and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until heated through. For a pressure cooker, place the ribs and liquid in the pot and cook on high pressure for 10-15 minutes before releasing steam.

If storing leftovers, it’s important to do so safely. Let the short ribs cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container and refrigerating them promptly. Leftovers should be eaten within four days and always reheated thoroughly before consuming.

With these tips for make-ahead, storing, and reheating, you can enjoy this delicious apricot flanken short rib recipe whenever your taste buds desire.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The apricot glaze is the perfect secret ingredient for these ribs.
The apricot glaze is the perfect secret ingredient for these ribs.

To achieve the best results with this Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot recipe, there are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years. These little pieces of advice can make all the difference in elevating your dish to the next level.

Firstly, one of the most important tips is to pay attention to the internal temperature of your short ribs. It’s easy to overcook or undercook them, which can result in a tough and dry dish or one that falls off the bone. Use a meat thermometer and aim for an internal temperature of 195°F when cooking short ribs. This will help ensure that they are tender and succulent.

Another tip is to utilize high-quality ingredients whenever possible. I always recommend using fresh garlic cloves, diced onion, celery root, and Red pepper flakes to add depth of flavor to your dish. Also, don’t skimp on using high-quality flanken style beef short ribs as they are thicker and contain more meat than regular short ribs.

When it comes to seasoning, make sure you balance out the savory and sweet flavors. The mix of soy sauce, brown sugar, cumin allspice with apple cider vinegar creates a savory flavor. While using apricot preserves with ketchup and Worcestershire sauce balances out by creating a sweet flavor. You can adjust them based on your preference.

It’s important not to rush the cooking process either – this isn’t a meal you can throw together quickly! Allow enough time for braising the meat until it falls off the bone; it usually takes around 4 hours on low-medium heat depending on your stove. Resist the urge to constantly check on your ribs as opening the lid will release precious steam which helps baste the meat keeping it moist and making it fall off the bone.

Lastly, consider serving these delicious ribs with some cooked white rice, garnished with diced parsley. The combined flavors of pork ribs and apricot blends perfectly with plain white rice- similar to Hawaiian Plate Lunches which serve up Kalua Pork with White Rice but instead use these delicious Apricot Flanken Ribs making it gluten-free too!


Now, it’s time to address some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about this Apricot Flanken Short Ribs Clay Pot Recipe. Here, we’ll take a look at some common concerns that people may have when making this dish and give you some expert tips to ensure that your cooking experience is seamless and rewarding. So let’s dive into these questions now.

What is the difference between short ribs and flanken?

There are various ways to cut beef ribs depending on the desired size and presentation. Slicing them across the bone into 2-inch pieces results in what’s commonly known as “Flanken”. Meanwhile, slicing them along the bone into 1-inch pieces yields the “Beef Spare Ribs”, which are usually around 6 inches long. Lastly, slicing them across the bone about 3 inches thick and then separating each bone results in what we call “Short Ribs”.

What temperature do you cook flanken short ribs?

If you’re a fan of the sweet and tangy flavors often found in Hawaiian and Korean cuisine, you’ll love our smoked flanken short rib recipe. Rather than quickly searing the meat on a hot grill, we marinate it in a similar sauce for maximum flavor and then smoke it low and slow until it reaches an internal temperature of 180°F. Keep reading for our step-by-step instructions on how to make this delicious dish.

How long to cook thin short ribs in oven at 350?

Alright folks, here’s the lowdown on baking ribs. To get these babies nice and tender, we’re looking at an oven temperature of 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 45 minutes. This will ensure that the meat separates from the bone with ease and has reached a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Keep in mind, these are just guidelines and may require a little extra cooking time depending on the thickness of the ribs. A meat thermometer is always a helpful tool to ensure they’re cooked properly.

Is short rib a pot roast?

When it comes to the distinction between short ribs and pot roast, the variation is solely based on the size and shape of the beef, not the cooking method. Typically, pot roast entails using a chuck roast that has been cut from the shoulder area. This remains true on November 4, 2016, and in the present day.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you love flavor, texture, and convenience, then you must try making apricot flanken short ribs in a clay pot! This recipe offers a balance of sweet and savory flavors that will make your taste buds sing. The preparation is easy, and the ingredients are simple, so even if you’re new to cooking, you can achieve great results.

Don’t let the name “clay pot” intimidate you. You should view it as an opportunity to elevate the cooking experience and create something truly special. Trust me; the results are worth it. These ribs will come out perfectly cooked with a melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the aroma that fills your kitchen as they cook is heavenly.

This recipe is versatile, too. You can customize it by incorporating your favorite spices and adjusting the level of sweetness to suit your taste preference. By using substitutions and variations that suit your dietary needs or preferences, such as gluten-free or reduced-sugar versions, this recipe can work for anyone.

Lastly, apart from being delicious and easy to make apricot flanken short ribs offer diverse serving options. They pair well with other sides like cooked white rice or celery root puree or Parmesan cheese-crusted mashed potatoes – anything that can soak up some of that sauce!

In summary, apricot flanken short ribs in a clay pot are an exciting twist on the classic braised beef dish. The flavors are complex yet balanced, and with a little prep and some patience for slow cooking, you’ll be rewarded with tender meat and flavorful sauce – the perfect centerpiece of any meal.

Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot

Apricot Flanken Short Ribs in a Clay Pot Recipe

My own recipe-delicious! -use medium size unglazed clay pot ( Romertopft). Use flanken ribs-they are such meatier and tastier. Everglades seasoning is a wonderful all-purpose seasoning available in all the supermarkets in Florida. Substitute seasoned salt instead.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jewish
Calories 2011.8 kcal


  • 4 lbs beef short ribs, flanken cut
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon everglades seasoning
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 14 ounces beef broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped coarsely
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
  • cooked white rice


  • Soak Clay Pot for 30 minutes in water ( top and bottom).
  • Put 1/2 of onions and garlic into the bottom of the pot.
  • Put ribs over.
  • Mix preserves, ketchup, Worcestershire, vinegar and seasonings together. Add beef broth and mix together thoroughly. Pour over ribs.
  • Put other half on onions and garlic over top.
  • Cover the clay pot with the cover and place in cold oven. Bake at 400F for 3 hours. Taste and correct seasonings with salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve over rice.



Serving: 479gCalories: 2011.8kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 68.2gFat: 165gSaturated Fat: 71.7gCholesterol: 344.7mgSodium: 891.8mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 41.5g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Meat, Roast Beef
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