Last Updated on August 18, 2023
In an effort to find cost-effective cuts of meat, I discovered beef rib fingers. Typically used for burgers and sausages, these pieces of meat that occupy the space between rib bones are often found at butchers as one of the least expensive cuts of beef available – even sometimes in Wagyu! I’m excited to show you what I cooked up with these rib fingers.
In this article, I will share with you how to make the perfect beef rib fingers. The rub is a mixture of herbs, spices, and seasonings that coats the meat before cooking. We will also go over some tips on making your dish healthier, spicier, and crunchier. We’ll end off with nutrition information so you know what to expect. Let’s get cooking!
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What are Beef Rib Fingers?
Beef rib fingers are small, thin pieces of beef taken from between the ribs of a cow. They have a lot of flavor and can be cooked quickly, making them ideal for quick meals.
The most common way to cook them is to roast or bake them with a flavorful rub made of herbs, spices, and seasonings. When done right, they can be a delicious and highly nutritious meal.
What does it taste like?
Beef rib fingers have a robust hearty flavor that is quite unique. rub used to coat the meat with an extra layer of flavor, can vary depending on what herbs, spices, and seasonings are used. When cooked right, the beef rib fingers should be moist with a slight crispiness on the outside.
The taste is slightly sweet, savory, and smoky with a hint of spice that lingers on the palate. All in all, beef rib fingers are an incredibly flavorful and satisfying dish that is sure to please.
How did I first get introduced to the Beef Rib Fingers?
I first got introduced to beef rib fingers when I moved to a new city. Since I didn’t know any butcher shops, I had to rely on the supermarket for my meat needs. One day, while looking through the beef selection, I noticed a package labeled “Beef Rib Fingers”. Out of curiosity, I decided to give it a try.
At first, the preparation was a bit tricky as I wasn’t sure what kind of seasoning or spices to use. So, I looked up recipes online and found one that called for herbs, spices, and seasonings such as chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, cumin, and salt. I mixed all these ingredients together to make a rub and coated the beef rib fingers with it before roasting them in the oven.
The result exceeded my expectations! The rubbing of spices & herbs brought out an incredible flavor from the beef ribs’ fingers and gave them a nice crusty texture on the outside. From then on, it became my go-to dish for a quick meal or an easy snack to share with friends.
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How to Make Beef Rib Fingers?
Making beef rib fingers is actually quite simple. Here are the ingredients & step-by-step directions for this recipe:
Beef rib fingers: This is a cut of beef taken from the rib area of cattle, including both bones and meat.
Vinegar: This is a clear liquid made from fermenting grain alcohol or fruit juice. It adds acidity to recipes and helps bring out their flavors.
Worcestershire sauce: This is a dark brown condiment made with anchovies, garlic, onion, and other spices. It adds a savory flavor to recipes.
White sugar: This is a type of refined sugar made from cane or beet juice. It helps balance out the acidity in recipes.
Dry rub: This is a mixture of herbs, spices, and seasonings used to coat meats before cooking.
Fleur de sel: This is a type of coarse sea salt that is hand-harvested from the French coast. It adds flavor and texture to dishes.
Ground black pepper: This is a spice made by grinding dried peppercorns into tiny particles. It adds heat and spiciness to recipes.
Garlic powder: This is a type of dried garlic that has been ground into a powder. It adds a garlicky flavor to recipes.
Onion powder: This is a type of dried onion that has been ground into a powder. It adds an oniony flavor to dishes.
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Arrange the beef rib fingers onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure that each piece is not touching.
In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and white sugar until combined.
Brush the mixture over the beef rib fingers.
In another small bowl, mix together the dry rub ingredients until combined. Sprinkle the dry rub evenly over the beef rib fingers.
Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown on top.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
-For a more intense flavor, marinate the beef rib fingers overnight in the vinegar-Worcestershire sauce mixture.
-If you have time to spare, try smoking the beef rib fingers on an outdoor smoker or grill for even more flavor.
-To keep the dish healthier, use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar.
-For a spicier dish, add some chili powder or cayenne pepper to the dry rub mixture.
-If you’re pressed for time, try using store-bought seasonings and sauces instead of making your own.
-To make the beef rib fingers extra tender, braise them for 2-3 hours before baking.
-For a crunchier texture, add some breading to the beef rib fingers before baking.
-If you’re feeling adventurous, try substituting pork or lamb ribs instead of beef ribs.
-To make the dish vegan-friendly, swap out the beef rib fingers for tempeh or seitan.
Beef Rib Fingers Recipe
- Knife and cutting board
- Butcher paper
- 1/2 kg beef rib fingers
- 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp fleur de sel
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange the beef rib fingers onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure that each piece is not touching.
- In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and white sugar until combined.
- Brush the mixture over the beef rib fingers.
- In another small bowl, mix together the dry rub ingredients until combined. Sprinkle the dry rub evenly over the beef rib fingers.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown on top.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
- For a more intense flavor, marinate the beef rib fingers overnight in the vinegar-Worcestershire sauce mixture.
- If you have time to spare, try smoking the beef rib fingers on an outdoor smoker or grill for even more flavor.
- To keep the dish healthier, use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar.
- For a spicier dish, add some chili powder or cayenne pepper to the dry rub mixture.
- If you’re pressed for time, try using store-bought seasonings and sauces instead of making your own.
- To make the beef rib fingers extra tender, braise them for 2-3 hours before baking.
- For a crunchier texture, add some breading to the beef rib fingers before baking.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, try substituting pork or lamb ribs instead of beef ribs.
- To make the dish vegan-friendly, swap out the beef rib fingers for tempeh or seitan.
Saturated Fat: 16g
Vitamin A: 42IU
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Vitamin C: 1mg
Monounsaturated Fat: 17g
What to serve with Beef Rib Fingers?
Beef rib fingers are an incredibly versatile dish and can be served with a variety of sides. Here are some suggestions:
Crusty Bread – Perfect for dipping in the flavorful juices from the beef rib fingers.
Mashed Potatoes – Comfort food at its finest! The creamy potatoes provide a great contrast to the crunchy rib fingers.
Grilled Vegetables – Toss together your favorite vegetables and grill for a light, healthy side dish.
Rice Pilaf – A simple yet tasty way to add some texture to the meal.
Pasta Salad – Add some crunch with colorful veggies and plenty of flavor with herbs and spices.
Coleslaw – Sweet and tangy coleslaw makes a great accompaniment to beef rib fingers.
Baked Beans – For a heartier side, try simmering some baked beans with onion, garlic, and your favorite BBQ sauce.
Salad – A classic green salad is always a great option for a healthful accompaniment.
Roasted Pot – Roast potatoes with garlic rosemary, and thyme complement the beef rib fingers.
How to store leftover Beef rib fingers?
The best way to store any leftovers from beef rib fingers is to place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can use a microwave or oven until the desired temperature is reached.
When storing the leftovers, make sure that all the juices have been absorbed by using a paper towel. You can also freeze the leftover beef rib fingers for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Can pregnant women eat this?
Yes, pregnant women can enjoy beef rib fingers. However, it is important to ensure that the dish is fully cooked and that any juices have been absorbed before consumption.
Additionally, pregnant women should consult their doctor regarding their dietary needs during each trimester of pregnancy. Pregnant women should also be aware of the high-fat content in beef rib fingers and seek to limit their intake of fatty foods.
Is this recipe healthy?
Yes, this recipe is relative. The beef rib fingers are cooked with a dry rub of spices and herbs which adds flavor without adding any unnecessary fat or calories.
Additionally, the dish is low in carbs and high in protein, making it an ideal meal for those looking to maintain a balanced diet.
Can I make this recipe vegan-friendly?
Yes, the beef rib fingers can easily be made vegan-friendly. Simply swap out the beef for tempeh or seitan and use vegetable broth instead of beef stock.
Additionally, you can omit the cheese topping or replace it with a vegan option such as Daiya brand cheese.
Can I make this recipe in the slow cooker?
Yes, you can prepare beef rib fingers in a slow cooker. To do so, place the seasoned ribs in the slow cooker with about 1/4 cup of broth or water and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
When ready to serve, preheat your oven to 350°F and transfer the ribs to an oven-safe dish. Top with cheese, if desired, and bake for 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite side dishes.
Thank you for reading this recipe on beef rib fingers. They are a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for any occasion. Not only do they provide a wonderful source of protein, but they also offer plenty of flavor from the dry rub.
Whether you choose to serve it with a side of mashed potatoes or coleslaw, these beef rib fingers will surely be enjoyed by all.
Now that you’ve read about how to make beef rib fingers, you can create an amazing meal for your family and friends.
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Dr. Leah Alexander, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatrician in New Jersey and has been working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000.
She also has a passion for culinary arts that extends beyond the medical realm. After completing culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, she started Global Palate, LLC, a catering firm, in 2007. She ran her own six-year-old catering company and served small group parties as an owner and executive chef.