When it comes to braised beef, what’s the secret ingredient to melt-in-your-mouth tenderness? Ginger ale! Not only will this fizzy addition make the meat unbelievably tender, but the pickiest eaters will get a kick out of knowing there’s soda in their meal. Recipe creator, Liza of Salu Salo Recipes, decided to simmer the meat instead of grilling, which gives you an hour and more to play the kids or do a little cleaning. Now that’s perfect meal planning.

braised beef

Serves 4

2 lbs. boneless beef short ribs, cut into chunks
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 c ginger ale
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sea salt
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c vinegar

1. Place all ingredients in a heavy pan and bring to a slow simmer. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the beef is very tender. Stir constantly and add more water as needed. If preferred, skim off excess oil before serving.

2. Serve with steamed rice.

Simple to cook, easy to find ingredients, and delicious dishes. These are the criteria that Liza uses when she’s in the kitchen. Food and family go hand in hand for this cook, so that’s why she started a food blog all about sharing in communal meals. Salu Salo Recipes is Liza’s way of cataloging and sharing the recipes of her own childhood, with influences from the Philippines and China. Find more of her culinary creations over at Salu Salo Recipes

Recipe and photo courtesy of Liza at Salu Salo Recipes