Recipe courtesy of Pigwich

Short Rib Burger

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 18 hr 30 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Red Wine Marinade:

Pigwich BBQ Sauce/Tomato Jam:


  1. Place the short ribs, plate ribs and osso buco in a large ovenproof dish. Pour the Red Wine Marinade over the meats. Turn the meats to coat with marinade. Cover the dish and put in the fridge for 12 to 36 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  3. Turn the meats again to coat with the marinade, then wrap the dish in foil or cover with a lid. Braise the meats for 4 to 4 1/2 hours. The meats should be very tender. Remove the foil or lid and allow the meats to cool to room temperature.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Using your hands, remove the bones and any large pieces of fat from the meats. Using your hands and a knife, shred and chop the meats into bite-sized pieces. Put the meats into a mixing bowl. Add the ground beef to the bowl with the braised meats.
  6. Toast the peppercorns on the stovetop in a dry saute pan over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Let the peppercorns cool. Put the peppercorns and rosemary in a spice grinder and grind. Add the pepper and rosemary to the mixing bowl with the meats.
  7. Using your hands, gently mix the beef and spices together to form a uniform blend. Form the meat into about 12 burger patties. Cook the patties on a grill or saute in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  8. Remove the core from the lettuce and cut as thinly as you can. Remove cores from the tomatoes and cut crosswise into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Put burger buns cut-side down on a sheet tray and bake for about 4 minutes. Remove the buns from the tray and open them to assemble the burgers.
  10. On bottom buns, put a generous spread of mayonnaise and 2 slices of tomato. On top buns, spread about 1 teaspoon of brown mustard and about 1 tablespoon of Pigwich BBQ Sauce/Tomato Jam. Place the patties on bottom buns, top with shredded iceberg lettuce and top buns.

Red Wine Marinade:

  1. Combine the wine, onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, vegetable oil and stock in a large heavy pot. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature. Strain the marinade. Chill until ready to use.

Pigwich BBQ Sauce/Tomato Jam:

  1. Core and chop the tomatoes. Slice the lemon into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Roughly chop the jalapeno (keep the seeds in). Tie the cinnamon sticks up with kitchen twine.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, lemon, jalapeno, cumin, coriander, black pepper, allspice, sugar, vinegar, lime juice, molasses and ginger in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Tie the end of the cinnamon stick string to the handle of the pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer and turn the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 40 minutes, until about a quarter of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Remove from the heat. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Allow the jam to cool to room temp. Use a stick blender or stand blender to puree the jam to the desired consistency.

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