Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
Braising tough cuts of meat in red wine is a classic move, and some of the best old-school French recipes come from this tradition. It makes perfect sense, just consider how great red wine pairs with beef in terms of drinking. In addition to being super delicious and very versatile, it’s simple one-pot cooking makes it low-effort and high-reward.
Putting beer in chili is pretty standard, but bourbon is our favorite move, it adds a rich sweetness and a little bit of depth. There’s another nontraditional ingredient in this killer recipe—orange juice—and a fair amount of spice, too. It brings together chipotle, cayenne, chili and jalapeno peppers and the bourbon will complement them nicely. Since the recipe yields six servings, you can store the leftovers for a few days of great eating, chili actually gets better over a day or two in the fridge as the flavors meld and mellow.
Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs With Orange-Tamarind Sauce
This is the kind of dish you serve when you’re having friends over, and they’ve been talking shit about your cooking. Don’t tell them what you’re making, but do drop a hint that you’ll be using a six-pack for the marinade. What’s really special about this recipe, though, is that the sauce is an eclectic blend of ingredients, including strong-brewed coffee, Worcestershire sauce, Asian chili sauce, molasses, and tamarind, which you can track down at an Asian market or bodega. Let's face it, there’s just something awesome about tearing into a rack of ribs with your bare hands.
Tequila-Spiked Caramel Corn
If you’re looking for something delicious and unique for your next Netflix and Chill, this is it. Even without the alcohol, this recipe would elevate your nights in. It calls for air-popped corn, roasted peanuts, light brown sugar, agave nectar, and a few other things you probably already have in your kitchen. When was the last time you used agave nectar in anything, anyway? Thought so. Netflix and Chill will never be the same.