Serves: Serves 4 Brine: 2 quarts water 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups kosher salt 2 tablespoons juniper berries 3 bay leaves
Ribs: 4 cross-cut short ribs, about 1 pound each (ask your butcher to cold smoke them if he can) Olive oil 2 cups coarsely chopped onion 1 cup coarsely chopped carrot 1 cup coarsely chopped celery 1 cup red wine 1 quart chicken stock
5 Onion Cavalo Nero: 2 cups leek whites, small diced 2 cups scallion whites, sliced 2 cups shallot, small diced 2 cups red onion, small diced 2 cups yellow onion, small diced 2 cups carrot, grated Extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup golden raisins 1 case black cabbage, chiffonade
Make the brine: Bring all ingredients to a boil in a sauce pan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool completely. Cover short ribs with brine and refrigerate 3 hours.
Cook the ribs: Preheat oven to 300-degrees F. Remove short ribs from brine and pat dry. Heat a large high-sided sauté pan over moderately high heat until hot. Add a film of olive oil. When oil begins to smoke, brown short ribs on all sides. (They brown quickly because of the sugar in the brine.) When richly browned, place in a dish that can go from stovetop to oven. Add onion, carrot and celery to sauté pan and cook over moderately high heat until vegetables are well caramelized. Transfer vegetables to dish with short ribs. Add red wine to sauté pan and simmer until reduced by half, scraping up any stuck-on bits with a wooden spoon. Add stock, bring to aboil and pour over short ribs. Bring short ribs to a boil on top of the stove, then cover and bake until fork-tender, about 4 hours.
5 Onion Cavalo Nero: Slowly sweat all onions and carrot in olive oil. Add raisins, sweat briefly. Add cabbage and cook slowly stirring frequently until cooked very soft. This will take two hours. Serve ribs topped with some of the Onion Cavalo Nero.