The best ever braised beef short ribs recipe! These incredibly aromatic short ribs fall right off the bone and the meat is extra, extra tender! I braise these beef ribs in a delicious red wine, tomato and mushroom sauce. It’s the best gravy for these tender ribs! To make it the ultimate comfort food dish, I serve these ribs with my Creamy Butter Mashed Potatoes. This hearty beef recipe is perfect for cold winter months, or anytime you’re craving for some delicious comfort food!
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Seasoning the Short Ribs
If you’ve never had braised beef short ribs, you are in for a very delicious surprise! These ribs are extra tender and coated in an incredible sauce! To begin the recipe, I first season the short ribs all over with coarse sea salt and black pepper. I used 8 medium to large sized bone-in short ribs for this recipe; you can also prepare this recipe with 10 small ribs. I recommend using bone-in ribs only because they will give this dish the most flavor. Next, I dredge the beef ribs all over in all-purpose flour. Just place the flour into a large bowl, turn each rib until it’s well coated and tap off the excess.
Browning the Beef Ribs
One of the secrets to great beef short ribs is the browning process. This step usually takes 8 to 10 minutes per batch and I don’t recommend rushing this step. First, I preheat a large frying pan (preferably stainless steel or cast iron) until it’s very hot and I add in a drizzle of cooking oil. Next, I brown about 4 to 5 short ribs at a time. Do not overcrowd the pan as this will cool down the pan too much and the meat won’t brown nicely. I turn the beef ribs every couple of minutes until they’re well browned all over and on every side!
*Cooking tip: clean your frying pan in between batches and reheat it. The flour from the ribs will burn and turn black and can give the dish a burnt flavor.
Making the Sauce
Once you have the beef short ribs browned, it’s time to prepare the delicious braising sauce! It’s made with mushrooms, onion, garlic, red wine, tomato pasta and fresh thyme and rosemary! First, I preheat my braising pan over medium heat and then I cook the mushrooms and onion in butter until they’re golden and tender. Next, I add in the garlic, seasonings, fresh herbs, wine and tomato paste. Allow the wine to reduce before adding the beef broth. I bring this sauce up to a simmer for a few minutes before adding the browned short ribs.
The red wine adds so much great flavor to the sauce! I recommend using a Cabernet, Zinfandel or Merlot of this recipe. If you prefer to cook without the wine, add a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and replace the wine with beef broth.
Braising the Beef
These braised beef short ribs need to cook low and slow! I add the ribs into the braising pan with the meat side facing down, bone facing up. This way the meat will be submerged in the sauce the entire time! First, allow the sauce to come up to a simmer over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
The beef ribs need to braised for 3 to 4 hours, until the meat is falling off the bone and extra tender. If the braising sauce reduces too much, add an additional ½ cup to 1 cup beef broth, as needed.
Alternative Cooking Methods
Want to try this recipe with a slow-cooker or pressure cooker? This beef recipe is a great choice for either alternative cooking method!
- Pressure Cooker: brown the short ribs first, then prepare the sauce in the pressure cooker and add the ribs. Cook on the ‘High’ Pressure setting for 60 to 70 minutes with Natural Release 15 minutes, or use the machine setting for ‘short ribs’.
- Slow Cooker: prepare the recipe as written and place the sauce and ribs into the cooker. Cover and cook on the ‘high’ setting for 10 to 12 hours. Add an additional ½ cup to 1 cup beef broth halfway through, if needed.
These braised short ribs will fill your kitchen with the most incredible, mouthwatering aroma! As you’re waiting for them to finish cooking, it’s the perfect time to make my Creamy Butter Mashed Potatoes recipe! I usually start making the potatoes about 30 minutes before the ribs are done cooking. Keep the potatoes nice and hot until ready to serve.
Once the ribs are done cooking, you’ll notice a layer of fat has floated to the top. That’s because beef ribs have a lot of fat on them that’s rendered during the cooking process. I recommend using a large spoon and skimming the fat off the surface and into a measuring cup. Allow the grease to cool before disposing of it in a waste container.
Enjoyed this delicious beef dinner recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Ukrainian Braised Pork with Gravy – another amazing braised meat dish with a creamy carrot gravy and mashed potatoes!
- The Best Beef Stew – this recipe is a huge hit on YouTube, with hundreds of raving reviews! The beef is so tender and delicious!
- Braised Beef & Potatoes – you’ll love this Eastern European dish with tender chunks of beef and potatoes coated in a tomato sauce.
- Braised Lamb Shanks – another one of my husband’s favorite recipes! The lamb is so tender and falls right off the bone!
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