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Classic Braised Beef Short Ribs are cooked low and slow until they reach fall-off-the-bone deliciousness.  This simple dish is a classic that is full of comfort food flavor. 

Braised Beef Short Ribs served over mashed potatoes and garnished with a sprig of rosemary

What is braising?

Braising is a combination cooking method where you first sear the food with a dry heat and then slowly cook it for a long period of time in a wet heat, usually a braising liquid with a lid to trap in the heat. Tough cuts of meat that require long cooking times to reach a tender, pleasant texture are great candidates for braising.

When you use the slow cooker, you are often braising stuff. If I wrote the book on slow cooking  (no really I did!), why am I braising it the old fashioned way? Because it tastes different. The slow cooker is all about convenience. I love it. I use it frequently. But there’s something about braising a piece of meat traditionally that just tastes good. Maybe because it involves extra work. You know, things taste better when they are made with love.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to knock the slow cooker. I love it. But if you want to spend a little extra time (or you are late on getting something in the slow cooker and dinner is in less than 8 hours…), it’s extra delicious!

Braised Beef Short Ribs in a pot with a sprig of rosemary

How do you make braised short ribs?

Short ribs can be braised whether they are boneless or bone-in. Season and sear the meat over a high heat. Next, immerse the short ribs either partially or fully in a flavorful liquid in an oven safe pan. Cover and cook for a long period of time (usually about two and a half hours), until the meat is tender.

In this recipe the braising liquid is simple, but flavorful. The basis is a combination of sautéed onion and garlic. Beef broth and worcestershire sauce is added. The real kicker in this recipe is one fresh sprig of rosemary. It may seem simple, but the long cooking time will infuse the rosemary flavor throughout the liquid and the meat. Just be warned, the smell in your house will make you drool!

Serving Suggestions: Braised beef short ribs are often served up with mashed potatoes. The braising liquid can easily be turned into a gravy, if desired. Other classic accompaniments are a creamy polenta, or roasted vegetables.
Don’t let those delicious juices go to waste! Remove the meat and pour the juices into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until sauce reduces (about 15 minutes). You’ll have a delicious sauce. For a smooth sauce you’d want to strain it first.

Or make it into a gravy. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add in 2 tablespoons of flour and whisk together into a paste. Pour in strained juices and heat over medium-high heat until thickened. If your juices are straight from the oven and still piping hot this will only take a minute or two.

Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe. I’ve always got you covered with a visual in my very own cooking show. Be sure to check it out!

Classic Braised Beef Short Ribs are cooked low and slow until they reach fall-off-the-bone deliciousness.  This simple dish is a classic that is full of comfort food flavor. 

Braised Beef Short Ribs served over mashed potatoes and garnished with a sprig of rosemary
Classic Braised Beef Short Ribs are cooked low and slow until they reach fall-off-the-bone deliciousness. This simple dish is a classic that is full of comfort food flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 (about 4 pounds) bone-in short ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Season all sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a heavy, oven-safe pot over high heat. Add in olive oil and allow to heat briefly. Sear short ribs in olive oil, about 1 minute per side. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Add in onion and saute 2 to 3 minutes. Add in garlic and saute 1 minute more.
  • Pour in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer. Add in meat. Place a rosemary sprig on top.
  • Cover and transfer to preheated oven for about 2.5 hours, until meat is tender.
Notes
Note:
Don't have an oven safe pot? You can let it simmer, covered, in a regular pot on the stove for 2.5 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 813mg | Potassium: 1302mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 7.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Short Ribs

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Emma

5 stars
This is an amazing and simple recipe for such a quality cut of meat. We’re on the UK and our butcher has quality Short Beef Ribs @£10 per kg so we got 4 ribs approx £5 each cut in half so 8 ribs total for £20.16. Fed us family of 4 with roastie potatoes and side salad with vinaigrette… used the stock from the pot as a side jus as well. THANK YOU X

My absolute favorite recipe! My family loves it. I don’t put rosemary on top (not a rosemary fan)!

T B

5 stars
Great recipe. I had everything except the Worcestershire sauce but my meat turned out perfectly with perfect flavor.

Kara

5 stars
This is a total hit with my husband and my three yr old daughter with multiple food allergies, every single time. So simple but so good!

Jayh0va831

Great recipe. I wanted to go into detail about the steps I did a little different then realized I was taken away from your recipe.

Great base that I will use going forward when I have similar cuts of meat.

Rena'te

5 stars
Great recipe! I cooked it at 325`F and it came out very tender and tasty.

ChesterCopperpot

5 stars
Fantastic recipe! Didn’t have Worcestershire or beef broth and improvised by substituting veggie bouillon dissolved in one cup water, also added dash of wine before tossing in the oven. Did convection roast setting at 325F and the cooking time (2.5 hrs) was perfect. We spooned all the delicious au jus over our sautéed greens we made to accompany. Next time will deglaze the pot and make some serious sauce. Simply delish.

David Baxter

5 stars
Outstanding….I add couple additional garlic cloves and a 1 dried chili pepper. Made this many times and will build another batch tomorrow. One of our “go to dishes” when we have guests for dinner.

Marie

These ribs are absolutely fabulous! I have made them several times. Always so yummy & satisfying.

Sharna

Is that oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit or Celcius? 🙂

Fahrenheit

Italialady

5 stars
I added some marsala wine and used beef consommé instead of beef broth and it was tremendous! I also added three or four carrots and two celery stalks.

Lee

5 stars
I added red cooking wine with broth, and carrots, mushrooms & thyme. So yummy and meat super tener

Shelly

5 stars
This is the best recipe for delicious restaurant style short ribs. Probably better than most. Use the recipe every time I prepare my short ribs. Very delicious, tender, melts in your mouth, flavorable. My family loves my short ribs and I have passed this recipe to my daughters.

Tanya L

5 stars
Amazing recipe!! It was a hit! Thanks!

Duane Murdock

5 stars
Making tomorrow, need some ingredients. Read a bit of what people were adding , shrooms, baby carrots sounds great to me. Thicken sauce/noodles

Gina Guice

WOW
THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY
OH YEAH…. ENJOY!!!

Susan T

5 stars
I saw short ribs on sale last weekend and googled a recipe and by chance picked this one – it was delicious! The only thing I did differently was to add a little more beef broth after about 1+ hours in the oven as the broth looked as if it was disappearing . I’ll definitely make it again – it’s easy, simple and delicious!!

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