April 26, 2023

Ask A Chef: Jonathan Hamilton Shares His Sweet & Spicy Short Ribs Recipe

Recipe: Jonathan Hamilton

La Carnita executive chef Jonathan Hamilton shares his sweet and spicy short ribs recipe.

Q: My go-to for mains, tacos, drinks and desserts is La Carnita in Toronto. Can you get the recipe for my favorite dish, the Carne Asada Short Ribs?
— KYLE, Kingston, Ont.
A: These beef ribs are packed with flavour, thanks to the house-made spice seasoning and chipotle honey glaze. “This dish was inspired by the popularity of La Carnita’s Carne Asada Tacos and my love for Miami-cut short ribs,” says Jonathan. While they have a grilled-in-the-outdoors vibe, the ribs taste just as good when seared in a pan.



Eight Spice Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 tbsp ancho chili powder or Mexican chili powder 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1⁄4 tsp cayenne pepper

Hot Chipotle Honey (batch)

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp chipotle in adobo (can)
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground toasted cumin

Short Ribs

  • 11⁄2–2 lbs. Miami-cut short ribs Eight Spice Seasoning
    (see recipe above)
  • 2 tbsp Hot Chipotle Honey
    (see recipe above), divided
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Pinch chiffonade (thinly sliced) cilantro
  • 8–10 scallions, julienned



Make Seasoning and Honey

  1. In bowl, mix all Eight Spice Seasoning ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. For Hot Chipotle Honey, peel and remove skin from ginger. Mince or zest into medium bowl. Add in all remaining ingredients and mix. Set aside.

Prepare Short Ribs

  1. Season ribs liberally with Eight Spice Seasoning, and coat lightly in 1 tbsp of Hot Chipotle Honey and then drizzle 3 to 4 tbsp of olive oil. Marinate overnight.

Grill and Assemble

  1. Add short ribs to hot grill and cook, about 2 minutes per side, until char marks appear.
  2. Remove from grill and add to large bowl. Toss in remaining 1 tbsp Hot Chipotle Honey, until all ribs are glazed.
  3. Spread out across serving board. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, cilantro and scallions. Enjoy!