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Braised Short Ribs

Braised Beef Short Ribs—slow-cooked with vegetables in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender! You will want to make these beef short ribs again and again!

Braised Beef Short Ribs--slow cooked in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender!

The trees are turning golden and scarlet, the air is finally cooler—cold on some days—and we are enjoying a beautiful fall here in Georgia. It seems natural when the days get shorter and cooler to want something filling and warm to eat.

Comfort food comes in different versions for different people. Some people want sweets, like brownies, some want mashed potatoes and some want a large glass of wine. Hmm. All of those are comforting to me—I’m not sure what that says about me!

The men in my household want meat—that’s their comfort food heaven. And braised beef short ribs is one of their favorite dishes. I buy the boneless short ribs at Costco. They are about 3″ long and some thick, some thin.

You can use the shorter, bone-in short ribs also, and if you have a concern about missing flavor from the bone by using the boneless, then just throw a couple of beef bones in the pot.

This beef short ribs recipe is perfect when you’re craving something hearty and yet easy to prepare. The wine and beef stock meld together with the vegetables to create a rich, sop-worthy sauce and the meat is fork-tender and beefy.

How to cook beef short ribs:

For the ribs:

  • 3-4 lbs beef short ribs (I usually use closer to 4 because that’s what comes in the pack that I buy)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs – marjoram, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano (can use Italian seasoning)

For the sauce (I don’t actually measure these ingredients, just grab a couple onions, stalks of celery and 2 or 3 carrots and chop them, but if you need precise measurements here they are):

  • 2 ½ cups chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ¾ cup chopped carrots
  • 4 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of dried herbs, same as used with ribs
  • 1 ½ cups good dry red wine
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • 3 bay leaves

Preheat oven to 350°.

Braised Beef Short Ribs--slow cooked in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender!

Heat 2 tablespoons bacon grease or cooking oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season one side of ribs with half the salt, pepper and herbs.

Place the beef short ribs in hot grease in small batches, careful not to overcrowd. Brown well on all sides and when you flip them, season the other side with remaining salt, pepper and herbs (ration out so that you cover all the ribs).

Braised Beef Short Ribs--slow cooked in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender!
Braised Beef Short Ribs--slow cooked in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender!

Remove ribs with a slotted spoon and place on a plate while you brown the rest. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat and add the vegetables, stirring over medium heat until they begin to color and are soft, about ten minutes.

Braised Beef Short Ribs--slow cooked in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender!

Add the wine and stock and bring to a boil. Return the ribs to the pot along with any accumulated juices and add the bay leaves.

Cover the pot and bake in oven until the meat is fork-tender and pulls easily from the bone (if using bone-in), usually about 2-3 hours depending on how many ribs you are cooking. Remove ribs to a platter and skim off fat from surface of sauce.

Boil sauce over high heat until reduced to a syrupy sauce.

Braised Beef Short Ribs--slow cooked in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender!

We love these braised beef short ribs with either mashed potatoes or easy baked cheesy polenta. And some crusty bread—you won’t be able to resist sopping in the sauce, and really, why should you even try?

Life is short. Sop your bread and be happy. Enjoy!

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beef short ribs

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Braised Beef Short Ribs--slow cooked in red wine and beef broth until they are fall off the bone tender!

Ingredients

For the ribs:

  • 4 lbs beef short ribs
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs – marjoram, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano (can use Italian seasoning)

For the sauce (I do not actually measure these ingredients, just grab a couple onions, stalks of celery and 2 or 3 carrots and chop them, but if you need precise measurements here they are):

  • 2 ½ cups chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ¾ cup chopped carrots
  • 4 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of dried herbs, same as used with ribs
  • 1 ½ cups good dry red wine
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • 3 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons bacon grease or cooking oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season one side of ribs with half the salt, pepper and herbs and place in hot grease in small batches, careful not to overcrowd.
  3. Brown well on all sides and when you flip them, season the other side with remaining salt, pepper and herbs (ration out so that you cover all the ribs). Remove ribs with a slotted spoon and place on a plate while you brown the rest.
  4. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat and add the vegetables, stirring over medium heat until they begin to color and are soft, about ten minutes. Add the wine and stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Return the ribs to the pot along with any accumulated juices and add the bay leaves. Cover the pot and bake in oven until the meat is fork-tender and pulls easily from the bone (if using bone-in), usually about 2-3 hours depending on how many ribs you are cooking.
  6. Remove ribs to a platter and skim off fat from surface of sauce. Boil sauce over high heat until reduced to a syrupy sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 946Saturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 946mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 34g

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 Adapted from Joy of Cooking.

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Sophie Kioulos

Tuesday 28th of March 2017

This has become a family favorite. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Sophie in Ottawa, Canada