Short ribs are rather inexpensive and if you prepare them correctly you can serve a fabulous inexpensive dinner with them.
You might need to add a bit of olive oil too. Brown the ribs on all sides until they have a crisp brown crust.
Add several tablespoons of beef demi-glace. If you don't have this you can add beef bouillon but watch your salt.
Cover and bake at 325 for about 4 hours. The meat should be falling off the bones. I served mine with polenta this time but they can be served with mashed potatoes or broad noodles. They are also delicious served with a sprinkling of blue cheese over the top.