The Perfect Recipe for Braised Beef Short Ribs

If you’re looking for a dish that will truly impress your family or guests, look no further than Braised Beef Short Ribs. This recipe has been refined to perfection, resulting in the most flavorful, tender, and fall-off-the-bone ribs you’ve ever tasted.

What sets this recipe apart from the rest? It’s all about the sauce. By reducing the beef juices and creating a silky, fortified sauce, every bite becomes a burst of flavor. Pair these delectable short ribs with Creamy Mashed Potatoes, and you have the ultimate luxurious dinner.

Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of creating this mouthwatering dish.

Ingredients for Braised Beef Short Ribs

To create these incredible short ribs, you’ll need just a few essential ingredients:

  • 4 whole beef short ribs (English cut)
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme (or 1 tablespoon of dried thyme)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary)
  • 1 quart beef stock plus more to cover the beef ribs if needed
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or other neutral oil like vegetable or canola
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
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Braised beef short ribs on a plate with mashed potatoes.

All About Beef Short Ribs

Short ribs are a popular cut of beef found in most grocery stores. There are two main types of cuts you might come across:

  • English Cut (most traditional): This cut consists of large sections between the rib bones, with a singular piece of bone connected to the meat. This is the ideal cut for this recipe.
  • Flanken Cut (found in most Asian markets): This cut is made horizontally across three rib bones, resulting in a long and thin strip of short ribs. If you happen to have this cut, you can give my Korean Marinated Short Ribs (LA Galbi) recipe a try!

When selecting beef short ribs, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Size: Choose short ribs of similar size to ensure even cooking and tenderness.
  • Marbling: Look for short ribs with small streaks of white fat running through the meat. This fat will melt during cooking, resulting in juicy and flavorful ribs.
  • Bone-In vs. Boneless: While bone-in short ribs add extra flavor to the sauce, you can also use boneless ribs if desired.

Tender braised short ribs being cut with a fork and knife.

Pro Tips for Perfect Short Ribs

To ensure your braised short ribs turn out absolutely amazing, here are a few pro tips:

  • Searing: Achieve a deep golden brown sear on all sides of the short ribs before continuing with the recipe. This will enhance the flavor and texture of the meat.
  • Cartouche: Create a parchment paper lid, known as a cartouche, to cover the short ribs before placing the lid on the Dutch oven. This allows for evaporation, browning, and ensures the beef stock fully covers the ribs, preventing any dry spots.
  • Cold Butter: Add cold unsalted butter to the reduced beef juices in the final step. This technique, often used in restaurants, creates a glossy and thickened sauce that elevates the dish.
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Beef short ribs seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper on all sides.

Recipe Instructions

Now, let’s get cooking! Follow these instructions to create the most irresistible braised beef short ribs:

1. Season the short ribs on all sides

Generously season all sides of the short ribs with kosher salt and black pepper, ensuring the bone is well coated for maximum flavor.

2. Sear the short ribs in a large Dutch oven

Heat avocado oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven. Sear the short ribs until they develop a deep golden brown color on all sides. This beautiful crust adds incredible flavor to the final dish. Once seared, transfer the ribs to a plate, leaving the oil and fat in the pot.

Beef Short Ribs seared in a Dutch oven.

3. Sauté the vegetables and tomato paste

Add the onions, celery, carrots, shallots, and garlic to the pot and let them caramelize for 2 minutes over medium-high heat. Add the tomato paste and cook for an additional 2 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Vegetables and tomato paste sautéed in a Dutch oven.

4. Add the red wine, beef stock, and herbs

Pour in the red wine and let it reduce over medium-high heat. Use a wooden spatula to scrape up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan, as they add immense flavor to the braising liquid. Return the short ribs to the pot and add enough beef stock to cover them. Place the thyme and rosemary sprigs on top, cover with a cartouche and the lid, and let it braise for approximately 2 hours over low simmer until the ribs are soft and fork-tender.

Adding red wine to the vegetables in the pot.
Adding beef stock to the short ribs in a pot.
Beef short ribs covered and simmering in a pot.

5. Reduce and fortify the sauce

Strain the ingredients through a mesh strainer, reserving the liquid. Discard the vegetables and return the liquid to the pot. Reduce over medium heat until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Finally, add cold unsalted butter to the sauce, mixing until it becomes glossy and thickened. Serve the sauce immediately over the short ribs, and accompany the dish with root vegetables like Roasted Brussels Sprouts or Honey Roasted Carrots.

Further reading:  Jamaican Beef Patties

Beef stock reduced in the pot.

Try the Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Method

If you prefer using a slow cooker or crock pot, simply follow steps 1-4 of this recipe, then transfer all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the beef ribs reach the desired tenderness.

If you enjoyed making this easy one-pot Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe, be sure to try some of my other popular recipes that are guaranteed to impress. You can find them on the Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ website.

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Happy cooking and enjoy the incredible flavors of these Braised Beef Short Ribs!