Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised beef short ribs is a classic comfort food. Short ribs are braised in herbs, broth and wine low and slow until falling-off-the-bone tender.

Meet my dream dinner.

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Beef slowly cooked in wine, broth with bacon and leeks. Uh-yes. I would happily choose a scrumptious meal consisting of tender hunks of slowly cooked meat that’s sitting on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and then cover in deep brown gravy over any other meal.

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I’ve made this recipe a dozen of times and it’s very forgiving. You can substitute yellow onions for the leeks, pancetta for bacon and you can skip the wine and use strictly beef broth and it’s still delicious, every single time.

When I shot this recipe, it was the end of the day and I was chasing the light. My camera settings were all wonky. So hopefully you can look past all that and see the braised beef perfection because that’s exactly what it is.

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Start by dicing up 4 strips of thick-cut applewood bacon into small pieces.

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Add them to a Dutch oven and heat over medium heat…

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…and cook until crispy.

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Transfer the crispy bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate and set off to the side and increase the heat under the bacon fat to medium-high.

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Meanwhile, season all sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper.

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Sear the short ribs in the reserved bacon fat. I’ll let you in on a little secret, the secret to any good stew, roast or braised short rib is to sear it really well, you’re looking for dark brown brown and crispy-crusty sides.

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…until well browned on all sides.

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Transfer the browned short ribs to a plate and set off to the side.

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Drain off all but a couple tablespoons of the fat and add the leeks to the pot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes…

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…until softened.

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Add in the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

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Then sprinkle in the two tablespoons of flour…

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…stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

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Pour in the red wine…

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…beef broth.

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Next, drop in the bay leaf…

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…thyme…

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… and rosemary.

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Then nestle those short ribs right on in.

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Cover, bring to a boil and slide into a preheated 350 degree oven for 2 hours. The short ribs should literally almost fall of the bone and be extremely fork tender. If they’re not those things then give them another 20 minutes in the oven before checking again. Repeat if necessary.

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Serve short ribs on a pile of mashed potatoes and spoon the sauce over top. The short ribs will be fork tender, nearly falling off the bone and so extremely flavorful. The gravy is the ultimate.

Depending on how fatty your short ribs are, you may need to pour the sauce into a fat separator before serving, discarding the fat and adding the liquids and any bacon and leeks back in to the pot, brought to a boil and reduce for a few minutes while the short ribs hang out on a platter and under some foil.

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Dig in!

Enjoy!

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Yield: 4 to 6 depending

Braised Beef Short Ribs in an Herb Wine Sauce

Beef shanks braised slowly in a wine broth with leeks and bacon. A super cozy comforting dish.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 strips of bacon, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 to 3-1/2 pounds of beef short ribs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups leeks (about 1 medium) rinsed and patted dry
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup pinot noir (or dry red wine)
  • 1 quart beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350°.

Place the bacon in a Dutch oven and heat on medium to medium-low. Cook until crispy, then transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.

Increase the heat to medium-high. Once hot, sear the short ribs in the bacon fat for 2 to 3 minutes a side until all sides are browned. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of fat.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add in the leeks and cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until soft. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in wine, broth and add in the bay leaf, thyme and rosemary and the bacon pieces.

Add the browned short ribs back in, cover and bring to a boil before sliding the Dutch oven into the oven on the second to lowest rack. Cook undisturbed for 2 hours.

Depending on how much fat is in the pot after cooking, you may need to discard it. First, remove the braised short ribs to a platter and cover with foil. Pour the liquids from the pot through a fat separator, discarding the fat and pouring the reserved liquids and any solids (bacon, leeks and herbs) back into the pot. Bring to a quick simmer and reduce until thickened.

Serve braised short ribs on mashed potatoes with spoonfuls of the gravy over top.

Note: The key to really good short ribs (roasts, stews etc...) is to brown the meat really well. Make sure you pot is hot and the sides of the meat get dark brown and crusty.

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11 Responses to “Braised Beef Short Ribs”

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    Andiswa — February 10, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Yumm! I cannot wait to try this! Thanks for the detailed guide on preparation

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 11th, 2016 @ 3:51 pm

      I hope you enjoy it Andiswa! Let me know what you think 🙂

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    Erin F — February 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Yay! I’ve been patiently waiting for you to post a short rib recipe. I know what’s for dinner this weekend 🙂

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 11th, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

      I know you have, Erin! 😉 I hope this recipe doesn’t disappoint! <3

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    Sally — February 10, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I love the idea of short ribs, but it always seems to come out tasting more like pot roast (the kind we were brought up on). Are we doing something wrong? This looks amazing – but will it taste like pot roast?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 11th, 2016 @ 4:04 pm

      Funny you should ask this, Sally. My husband isn’t the biggest pot roast fan (or any slow cooked meat, really) nor is he big on anything cooked with wine. Well, when I first made this short rib recipe for him he was pretty skeptical but ended up loving it. He said it had that faint roast taste but it wasn’t bad to him and he’s requested these a couple of times since.

      So to answer your question, I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong… but it’s hard to say without knowing the recipe and all that. I hope this helps!

      🙂

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    Candis — February 14, 2016 at 9:12 am

    How much flour should be used? I didn’t see it listed in the ingredients but it’s listed in the instructions.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 14th, 2016 @ 9:39 am

      Hi Candis! It’s two tablespoons- sorry about that!

    • Candis replied: — February 14th, 2016 @ 12:54 pm

      Thank you! Can’t wait to try it tonight for a Valentine’s Day dinner!

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    Holly — February 15, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Aww yea. This recipe was so good, a classic. I’m thinking this will be coming out of my kitchen many more times before any sign of warmer weather does. I especially like something that cooks a long time because when it’s ready, the kitchen is already cleaned up. On occasion.

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    Meg — February 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I made this last night (didn’t buy bacon, so made without) and it was still just SO SO delicious! Will certainly make again!

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