How do I cook beef short ribs in the Tupperware® Micro Pressure Cooker?
I usually cook ribs slowly at a relatively low oven temperature, e.g., for about four hours at 150 °C (300 °F). With the recent purchase of my Tupperware Micro Pressure Cooker, I became keen to try a fast cooking method for beef short ribs. So far I’ve cooked lamb and pork in the pressure cooker, now it’s time for a cow to undergo sterilisation by steam (an invisible gas) under pressure. Oops, sorry, I was thinking of my pressure cooker as an autoclave again.
While slow cooking probably generates better taste and texture (mouthfeel), one thing you can be assured of with pressure cooker cooking is food safety from a microbiological perspective. A pressure cooker is really a miniautoclave and an autoclave is a giant pressure cooker, although a very complicated pressure cooker. I’ve seen very large autoclaves designed for large animal processing (sterilisation) in high containment veterinary laboratories. You could put quite a few euthanised nonhuman primates and hundred of rodents or ferrets in the thing. Larger animals need to be broken down (dissected) before processing in an autoclave. I never got to see it run a cycle but I wonder what the smell is like after the cycle is completed. I remember in the early days of my training, working in a media kitchen when the head media chef was making Robertson’s cooked meat broth, the smell was like a home kitchen.
- 4 beef short ribs
- 1/4 cup smokey BBQ sauce
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon black bean sauce
- 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
- 2 teaspoons Asian chilli and garlic paste
- 1/2 cup Whisky
Get your ribs at room temperature well before you want to start cooking
Put the ribs in a large zip-loc bag
Also add the BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil, black bean sauce, chilli flakes, and Asian chilli and garlic paste
Seal the zip-loc bag and then massage your meat so all the sauces coat your meat as you rub it
Leave your meat to sit in its juices for at least an hour
When you're ready to cook your meat, open the zip-loc bag and remove the contents into the Tupperware Micro Pressure Cooker and then add the beef stock and whisky
Seal your Tupperware Micro Pressure Cooker to ensure a snug if not tight fit
Put the pressure cooker into your microwave oven and cook on the maximum setting for 20 minutes
Once the microwave oven has finished, remove the pressure cooker carefully and allow the pressure to equilibrate to your local atmospheric pressure
Open your pressure cooker and carefully remove the ribs, the meat is going to fall off the rib bones so if you want to preserve the anatomical structure, be careful, if you don't care, then just remove the ribs and the meat with tongs
Pull the meat apart and then serve with a salad or vegetables or on tacos or on a sandwich with real butter or in a wrap or in a meat pie
Once you've prepared your meal, shoot a photograph for sharing on social media
Eat your meal
Wash your dishes
Write the recipe
Write the blog post and hope your friends share the recipe on social media
I write 500 Calories because I have no idea and 500 seems like a good round number.
Beef short ribs soaking in smokey BBQ sauce juices
Beef short ribs in the Tupperware Micro Pressure Cooker ready for radiation from microwaves
Cooked beef short ribs after 20 minutes of steam under pressure and microwave radiation
Pulled beef short rib meat with cabbage salad
Questions and answers
Do you prefer slow or fast cooking?
I much prefer the taste and texture (mouthfeel) of slowly cooked joints of meat, however, cooking meat with steam under pressure is so quick, so thorough and so microbiologically clean, it’s hard to go past it as a method for cooking meat with a lot of touch sinewy connective tissue.
Are you sponsored by Tupperware®?
No, I’m not sponsored by anyone. I have recently bought quite a few Tupperware products because a friend at work has recently become a Tupperware consultant. When I was younger I had a bit of Tupperware and knew the quality of the products to be very good.
If Tupperware wants to sponsor me, they can get me via the contact page.
Is this a low carb meal?
Not really, the BBQ sauce and other sauces have high quantities of sugar and other carbohydrates in them. That said, I deliberately didn’t do anything with the juice left behind. I could have kept it, reduced it and made a sauce or gravy, but life’s too short for that, and I want to lose weight.
The final verdict
It was good 👍
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Disclaimer and a note on mass and energy
I have no culinary training nor qualifications. This post is not intended to convey any health or medical advice. If you have any health concerns about anything you read, please contact your registered medical practitioner.
For recipe posts the quantities are indicative. Feel free to vary the quantities to suit your taste.
I deliberately do not calculate energy for dishes. I deliberately default to 500 Calories or 500,000 calories because I do not make these calculations.