Given how popular they are now, it seems like a fairy tale that once upon a time short ribs were a not-so-desirable cut of beef. Scrolling through these 25 recipes, though, it’s not hard to see why they became such a hot item in the butcher’s case, seemingly overnight. Whether you cook ’em slow for hours and hours or infuse them a tasty marinade and toss ’em on the grill for a quick sear, one thing’s for sure: their flavor and versatility is legendary!

1. Short Rib Pizza With Orange Gremolata : Zesty gremolata adds a lovely counterbalance to the rich short ribs topping this homemade pizza. (via Tasting Notes NYC )

2. Short Rib Ricotta Gnocchi : Enjoy these pillowy gnocchi enrobed in a rich meat sauce. (via The Hopeless Housewife )

3. Black Garlic Braised Short Rib Poutine : Canadian comfort food gets a touch of Asian influence with the addition of sweetly flavored black garlic. (via Spoon Fork Bacon )

4. Short Rib Tacos With Orange BBQ Sauce and Spicy Orange Cucumber Salsa : A playful combo of flavors and textures are tucked inside corn tortillas to create these SoCal-inspired tacos. (via The Devil Wears Parsley )

5. Wine-braised Beef Short Ribs With Rosemary and Bacon Sweet Potatoes (Paleo) : Port stands in for the usual red wine in this braise that’s just a touch sweeter than the rest. (via Better with Butter )

6. Spicy Porter Short Rib Chili : Upgrade your ground chuck to short ribs and you’ll have an even more indulgent bowlful of rich beer- and chipotle-boosted chili to warm up with. (via Running to the Kitchen )

7. Bibimbap : Crispy rice, Korean-style grilled short ribs (bulgogi) and an outrageous assortment of mix-ins combine to create one heck of a rice bowl. (via Wild Greens and Sardines )

8. Loaded Sweet Potato Irish Nachos With Beer Braised Short Ribs : Make these outside-the-box, topping-heavy nachos for your next game day get-together and you’ll totally be named MVP. (via Domesticate Me )

9. Beef Short Rib and Mushroom Mac and Cheese : Mac and cheese becomes meal-worthy with the addition of meat and mushrooms. (via The Little Kitchen )

10. Crockpot Curried Thai Short Rib Lettuce Wraps With Peanut Sauce + Mango Salsa : Whip out the ol’ weeknight wonder and cook up these amazing lettuce wraps tonight. (via Half Baked Harvest )

11. Short Ribs Loco Moco : Short ribs are an unquestionable upgrade for the usual hamburger patty in this classic Hawaiian dish. (via Kitchen Confidante )

12. Whiskey Braised Short Rib Flatbread : Fear not, the DIY dough for this tasty flatbread topped with short ribs, grilled corn, gruyere, caramelized onions and peppery arugula requires no yeast at all! (via How Sweet Eats )

13. Braised Chile-Spiced Short Ribs With Black Beans : Chile-rubbed ribs pair beautifully with black beans, which are a nice change of pace from the usual [side dish] suspects. (via Gourmet )

14. Beer Braised Chipotle Short Ribs With Jicama Slaw : Crunchy slaw provides a lovely textural counterpoint to tender short ribs in this delicious taco recipe. (via TasteFood )

15. Grilled Asian Short Rib Pizza : We’re loving this beefy twist on the usual BBQ chicken pizza. (via Joyful Healthy Eats )

16. Braised Short Ribs With Celery Root Puree : Wanna know these ribs’ secret ingredient? It’s cocoa powder! A quarter cupful lends an extra layer of can’t-quite-place-my-finger-on-it flavor. (via Saveur )

17. How to Grind Your Own Burger: The Fat Tyler : Equal parts short rib, sirloin and brisket are ground together to form a patty that’s greater than the sum of its parts. (via Shared Appetite )

18. Short Rib Pot Pie : This is one luxurious pot pie. A combo of shortening and butter give you a pastry crust that’s both flaky and flavorful. (via Bon Appétit )

19. 48-hour Sous Vide Short Ribs : Forty. Eight. Hours. Not a typo! Sous vide is the technique used to slooooowly simmer these ribs away to meltingly tender perfection. (via What Jew Wanna Eat )

20. Grilled Korean BBQ Short Rib Dogs with Sweet Peach Relish + Spicy Korean Slaw : Don’t be fooled by the name and the buns, these beauties aren’t hot dogs at all! (via Half Baked Harvest )

21. Guajillo Chili Braised Short Ribs : This recipe comes courtesy of Tacolicious, a favorite destination in the San Francisco Bay Area for tacos, cocktails, good times and more! Who wouldn’t want to recreate all that at home? (via Tasting Table )

22. Braised Short Ribs With Cheesy Grits : Creamy grits made with a duo of smoked cheeses stirred right in are a fantastic accompaniment to slow cooked short ribs. (via Brown Eyed Baker )

23. Smokey-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Ribs : Beginner pit masters take note, these are way more manageable to cook up than a full rack of ribs . (via Chow )

24. Salt House’s Poutine (Gluten-free) : You have got to try this upscale take on classic poutine — topped with a hearty short rib gravy made from leftover braising liquid and meat, a creamy cheese sauce and fresh mozzarella, you won’t want to share a pile of these fries with anyone else! (via A Sage Amalgam )

25. Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie : We’re loving this one-pot meal topped with whipped mashed potatoes cooked ’til they’re nice and golden on top. (via Williams Sonoma )

Are short ribs on your short list of favorite beef cuts? How do you like to prepare them? Let’s talk all things simmered and seared in the comments!