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Best Red Wine Braised Short Ribs + Video

by Capri Lilly

Looking for the best Red Wine Braised Short Ribs recipe? You’ve found it! Make tender, flavorful short ribs that fall off the bone effortlessly and are packed with delicious flavors! This popular recipe has over 1.5 million views on Pinterest with thousands of tries and comments! You don’t want to miss out on this incredibly flavorful dish!

Enjoy these short ribs with a side of  Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes or delicious Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash! If you want to make these mouthwatering short ribs using an Instant Pot, try my Instant Pot Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Hash Recipe!

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braised short ribs over creamy mashed potatoes, served in a large bowl

Best Beef Short Ribs Recipe!

Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs is a seemingly elaborate dish, but is quite easy to make! This recipe only involves a few quality ingredients and a large Dutch oven to make the perfect ribs!

This recipe is a favorite in my home! I love to make these short ribs whenever I am hosting friends and family! It is very easy to put together as most of the work is done in the oven. I am able to sit back and relax with friends while the wonderful aromas fill the home!

What do you need to make Braised Beef Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce?

Bone-in short ribs are best for this recipe! The bones help to make a full, rich sauce as the short rib slow roast for hours in a delicate mirepoix, full-bodied wine, and beef broth.

What you will need:

  • 3-5 lbs Bone-in Short-rib
  • 1 750 ml dry red wine
  • Mirepoix: carrots, onion, celery
  • Aromatics and Herbs: Garlic, parsley, thyme, and rosemary
  • Beef Stock
  • Tomato Paste
  • Salt & Pepper
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What type of wine is best for making Red Wine Braised Short Ribs?

When you cook with wine the flavor is not prominent in the food; the food does not necessarily taste like wine. However, wine does add depth and enhance the flavor of a dish. When choosing a wine to create a sauce with it is best to steer clear of “cooking wines” as they tend to be lower in quality and complexity. Simply pick a flavorful wine that you would also enjoy drinking.

For this dish, a deep, full-bodied, robust red wine is best. I like to use Cabernet Sauvignon, but any dry red wine works for this dish to create an incredibly delicious sauce.

How To Make Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

ingredients for making braised short ribs in the oven. shows are a pack of grass-fed short ribs, fresh herbs, vegetables, and garlic.

Step 1: Slice And Season The Short Ribs

Start by cutting the beef between the bones into 2-inch pieces (if necessary). Then, season each side generously with salt and black pepper. I like to do this first and then set the meat aside to allow it to marinade while I prepare my vegetables for the sauce. This helps tenderize the meat and bring out its juices, resulting in more flavorful and succulent meat once cooked.

Step 2: Prepare The Vegetables

The vegetables, herbs, and aromatics needed for this dish are garlic, celery, carrots, onion, jalapeno, rosemary, thyme, and parsley. To prepare the vegetables simply give them a rough chop. They are needed simply to flavor the sauce. Once the short ribs are fully cooked you can strain the sauce, removing the vegetables as they will have rendered all their flavor and are no longer edible.

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Step 3: Pan Sear The Short Ribs

Once the vegetables are prepped, it’s back to preparing the meat. You’ll start by warming up your dutch oven over medium-high heat, then sear the short ribs on each side, about 6-8 minutes total. After the short ribs are golden brown on each side, transfer to a plate and set aside for later.

Step 4: Saute And Season The Vegetables

In the same pot,  remove a bit of the oil using a ladle, then add the prepared vegetables. Start with the garlic and sauté it for 2-3 minutes, then add the remaining vegetables. I like to season the vegetables with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. The smoked paprika simply adds to the complexity of the sauce, making it so much more flavorful.

vegetables for rib sauce

Step 5: Prepare The Braising Liquid

After the vegetables are softened, which takes about 5-10 minutes, stir in tomato paste and saute for another 2-3 minutes.

Now it is time to add the wine! Pour in 1 750ml of dry red wine. Then, bring the wine to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the wine has reduced by half.

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Step 6: Add In The Short Ribs And Herbs, Cover, And Bake!

At this point, most of your work is done! Simply add the beef broth, and herbs, and then gently nuzzle in the short ribs and any juices that have accumulated. Bring the dish to a low boil, cover with a lid, then transfer it into a preheated oven at 350°F.

Now you can sit back relax, enjoy some wine, and wait until this masterpiece is done! Give it 2-3 hours and the short-rib will be falling off the bone!

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Want to make Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs in the slow cooker?

If you are cooking this dish in a slow cooker,  simply prepare all the ingredients on the stove, then transfer everything to the slow cooker. Cook on high heat for 4-5 hours, or low for 8 hours.

This is the perfect recipe to prepare early in the day and enjoy the wonderful aromas as the day goes on. You’ll have an impressive dish waiting for you to enjoy!

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Tips for making the BEST Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

  • Use high-quality grass-fed meat- I Use Butcher Box!
  • Use Bone-in short ribs
  • Thicker, meatier short ribs work best.
  • Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper on all sides before searing for the best results.
  • If you do not have a Dutch Oven, use an oven-proof pot.

Common Questions

What Does Braised Short Ribs Mean?

Braising beef short ribs involves first searing the meat, then baking the meat in liquid until it is fork-tender and falls off the bone.

Can You Braise Short Ribs Too Long?

The longer you braise the meat, the more the tough connective tissues break down, resulting in tender, delicious meat. However, if you braise the meat too long it will turn into shreds.

Is It necessary to brown meat before braising?

Yes, searing the meat before braising helps to seal in and enhance the flavor of the meat.

What to eat with your short ribs?

I enjoy my short ribs over garlicky mashed potatoes! You can also serve it over pasta! Here are a few of my favorite side dishes to serve with these Red Wine Braised Short Ribs.

I hope you enjoy this Red Wine Braised Short Ribs recipe! If you make it, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you!

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Best Red Wine-Braised Short Rib Recipe + Video

Tender juicy Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs that falls off the bone effortlessly, cooked in a rich, complex red wine sauce and served over creamy mashed potatoes. Perfect for a cozy meal, this recipe is easy to make and yields deeply, robust, flavorful meat.
4.94 from 47 votes
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Course: Main Course, Sauce or Marinade
Cuisine: American, French
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 989kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Avocado, grapeseed, or coconut  oil
  • 3 pounds Bone-in short ribs, at least 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 2 Large heads garlic, cut crosswise
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 3 Medium Carrots, chopped
  • 2 Jalapenos, chopped
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 750 ml Dry Red Wine (I like to use Cabernet Savignoun)
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3 cups Beef stock/broth, plus more as needed
  • 4 Sprigs Rosemary
  • 3 Sprigs Thyme
  • 1 cup Parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season short ribs on all sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches of 3-4 pieces, sear short ribs on all sides until deeply and evenly browned, 6 to 8 minutes per batch. Transfer browned short ribs to a large plate and continue with remaining ribs.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of remaining oil in the pan. Reduce heat to medium, and add garlic, cut side down and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion, celery, carrots, and jalapeño and season with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Mix well and continue to cook until vegetables are softened but not yet browned, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir to coat. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until tomato paste has started to caramelize a bit on the bottom, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add red wine and, using a wooden spoon, scrape up any browned or caramelized bits. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium and simmer until wine is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Stir in beef stock along with thyme, parsley, and rosemary. Using tongs, return short ribs to the pot, placing them in so that they are submerged (if they are just barely covered, nestle them bone side up so that all the meat is submerged, adding more beef stock or water as necessary to cover). Bring to a simmer, then cover and transfer to oven.
  • Cook, undisturbed, until short ribs are meltingly tender and falling off the bone (you should be able to shred the meat with a fork), 2½ to 3 hours.
  • Using tongs, remove the ribs from the pot, taking care  not to let the bone slip out and transfer them to a large plate. Strain the vegetables from the sauce. (The vegetables no longer have flavor and can be discarded) Garnish with parsley, garlic and lemon zest over the top of the short ribs. Separate the fat from the sauce, season with salt and pepper and serve alongside.

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Nutrition

Calories: 989kcal

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71 comments

Kierra March 6, 2020 - 1:43 pm

5 stars
This recipe sounds so delicious and easy to make. Can’t wait to try it out with my family!

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goodfoodbaddie March 6, 2020 - 5:27 pm

Thanks, Kierra! It’s super easy to make! I hope you and your family enjoy it 🙂

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Amanda March 6, 2020 - 5:02 pm

5 stars
This recipe is great! I followed the directions step by step and my husband loved it! I didn’t have Cabernet so I used Merlot and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

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goodfoodbaddie March 6, 2020 - 5:28 pm

Hi Amanda, Merlot works perfectly too! I am glad you liked it!

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Maya March 6, 2020 - 5:02 pm

Adding wine to any recipe automatically elevates it! This recipe doesn’t seem to intimidating though. Can’t wait to try it 😋

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goodfoodbaddie March 6, 2020 - 5:29 pm

Hi Maya! It sure does! I love adding a great wine to my sauces.

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Trice March 8, 2020 - 5:57 am

5 stars
Girl this looks so dang good! I wish I could jump through the screen and give it a taste! It looks so juicy and tender!

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goodfoodbaddie March 9, 2020 - 3:07 am

Hi Trice! Thank you!! It’s definitely a mouthwatering meal!

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Marta March 11, 2020 - 5:46 pm

5 stars
I am a huge fan of wine-braised short ribs. I like to serve mine over cheesy grits.

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goodfoodbaddie March 13, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Hi Marta, That sounds delicious!! I may try that next time I make it.

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Tamara J March 11, 2020 - 6:06 pm

5 stars
I saw you make this on IG and couldn’t wait to check out the recipe. It’s as though I could smell the delicious flavors through my phone! The perfect recipe for any night!

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Capri Lilly March 13, 2020 - 7:14 pm

Hey Tamara! I’m glad you liked the video! I can’t wait for the day we can actually taste things through our phones lol! Glad you like the recipe

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Immaculate Ruému March 12, 2020 - 11:30 am

5 stars
I think anything with red wine is heavenly and this short rib recipe is amazing!

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Capri Lilly March 13, 2020 - 7:12 pm

Thank you! And I completely agree, red wine is the best!

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Hannah May 16, 2022 - 8:19 pm

5 stars
Ran across this recipe earlier today. Thought why not!! Let’s give it a try. Holy cow! Fairly easy prep work, all the details and video were to a T. And the dish?! PHENOMENAL!! This recipe was so rich & flavorful I was quite surprised! This will definitely be in rotation. Thank you so much!!❤

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Capri Lilly May 18, 2022 - 8:51 am

YAYY! I am glad you liked the recipe Hannah!! Thanks so much for leaving a review! 🙂

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Desiree Daniels March 13, 2020 - 8:34 pm

5 stars
Looks amazing! Love how you’ve incorporated the red wine!

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Capri Lilly March 13, 2020 - 9:45 pm

Thanks Desiree! The red wine is really the star of the sauce. It adds such flavor and complexity. 🙂

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portia March 14, 2020 - 1:22 am

5 stars
Mmmm….Mouth is watering. Love all the photos to help me nail this recipe!

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Capri Lilly March 16, 2020 - 6:17 pm

Hi Portia! I am glad the photos are helpful!

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Jayne Rain March 15, 2020 - 7:54 pm

5 stars
This was simple and so delicious. I can’t wait to make it again.

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Capri Lilly March 16, 2020 - 6:16 pm

Hi Jayne! I am glad you liked it!!

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Katrina Adams March 16, 2020 - 1:57 am

These short ribs look amazing and I want to cook more with wine so this is the perfect recipe for me!

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Capri Lilly March 16, 2020 - 6:16 pm

Hi Katrina! Cooking with wine can be so fun! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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LaKita March 16, 2020 - 2:49 am

5 stars
These short ribs look so perfect and perfect and tender! Saving this recipe for later to give a try!

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Aline March 16, 2020 - 4:29 am

5 stars
Made this food dinner tonight – was great!! Family loved it!

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Capri Lilly March 16, 2020 - 6:15 pm

Hi ALine, I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

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Jazz March 17, 2020 - 3:01 am

5 stars
I love the step-by-step photos. You make it look so easy!

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Capri Lilly March 17, 2020 - 4:06 pm

Thanks Jazz!! I am glad they help!

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Kaluhi March 17, 2020 - 2:23 pm

5 stars
Can’t wait to trt this out with my family!!

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Capri Lilly March 17, 2020 - 4:06 pm

Hi Kaluhi! Hope you like!

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Stephanie March 20, 2020 - 1:31 am

5 stars
I made this last night for my fiancé and his parents. They loved it and were very impressed with the meal! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. The short ribs were delicious and fell right off the bone!

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Elaine March 23, 2020 - 11:52 pm

5 stars
Now this is what the ribs should be – delicious and absolutely inviting! Definitely adding this recipe to my go-to option when I need to make a super delicious inner!

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Capri Lilly March 25, 2020 - 7:31 pm

Thank you, Elaine! I am glad you like!

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Kushigalu March 24, 2020 - 12:42 am

5 stars
This looks amazingly delicious. Great recipe. Can’t wait to try this out

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Capri Lilly March 25, 2020 - 7:32 pm

Thanks Kushigalu!

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Taylor Kiser March 24, 2020 - 1:28 am

I can’t wait to make this for dinner! Looks incredibly delicious!

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Capri Lilly March 25, 2020 - 7:31 pm

Hi Taylor! I think you’ll be very happy eating this for dinner!

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Vicky March 24, 2020 - 1:39 am

5 stars
ALL the flavors right here! So, so good!!

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Capri Lilly March 25, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Thanks Vicky!

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Anita March 24, 2020 - 3:20 am

5 stars
The sauce is excellent, and the meat simply falls off the bone. And the vegetables are packed with flavors too. If you have extra red wine, make this, you won’t regret it.

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Capri Lilly March 25, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Thank you, Anita! I am so happy you enjoy the recipe!

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Rohit DCosta February 11, 2021 - 5:30 am

5 stars
Absolutely mouthwatering dish! Paired it with the gluten free mashed potatoes and BAM, I impressed my whole family with this one. I’m a newbie in the kitchen, trying to up my culinary game and Lilly’s recipes make it super simple to follow with all the important tips. Highly recommend everything on this site but this short rib takes the cake 🤤🤤🤤

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Capri Lilly February 11, 2021 - 7:37 pm

Thank you, Rohit! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed the dish!!

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Claire July 27, 2021 - 6:52 pm

5 stars
This was absolutely DELISH- the techniques used in this recipe each ensure that you’ll be getting a super flavorful meal out of this one, and it’s not overly complicated! I cooked mine in a dutch oven, and they were wonderful, and fell RIGHT off the bone!
Can’t wait to make these again. Thanks, Capri!

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Capri Lilly July 27, 2021 - 9:11 pm

Hi Claire! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for leaving a review and thank you for sharing delicious-looking photos with me on Instagram! 🙂

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Ariana September 19, 2021 - 1:55 pm

5 stars
This has become my go to dish when I’m hosting. Everyone LOVES it and it always turns out so good!

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Capri Lilly September 20, 2021 - 12:14 am

That makes me so happy! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! This is one of my go to dishes when I have friends and family over for dinner as well!

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Maur September 27, 2021 - 8:58 pm

5 stars
Such juicy short rib!!

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Oscar September 28, 2021 - 12:03 am

5 stars
This recipe looks great. Can’t wait to try it.

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Capri Lilly October 1, 2021 - 6:19 pm

Hi Oscar! Hope you enjoy!

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Alexandra September 28, 2021 - 12:44 am

5 stars
So delicious and full of flavour.

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Capri Lilly October 1, 2021 - 6:18 pm

Hi Alexandra, glad you think so!

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Megan Ellam September 28, 2021 - 1:47 am

5 stars
Truly my kind of food.

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Addie September 28, 2021 - 2:29 am

5 stars
So tender and flavorful!

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Capri Lilly October 1, 2021 - 6:13 pm

Glad you liked, Addie!

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Jill September 28, 2021 - 10:04 am

5 stars
So juicy! Loved it!

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Lisa November 12, 2021 - 6:08 pm

5 stars
This looks amazing! I am making it for dinner tonight and just had a quick question I noticed in your slides that the garlic isn’t fully peeled. Is that fine (would make prep a lot easier) I’m just wondering if the outter layer of garlic cooks down enough it won’t be detectable in the sauce? Thank you for sharing!

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Capri Lilly November 12, 2021 - 7:31 pm

Hi! Yes, I leave the garlic whole and it doesn’t interfere with the sauce. I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

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Carrieann November 27, 2021 - 2:17 pm

I will be making this recipe for 12 people, can any be made the night before or do I need to buy 4 large Dutch ovens?

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Capri Lilly November 29, 2021 - 7:42 pm

I’ve made this recipe before for a large group. I made half in the instant pot and half in the dutch oven. You can also make it overnight in batches as you suggested. Hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

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Shelly Reid December 23, 2021 - 7:47 pm

I had a butcher cut up a chunk of beef brisket because there wasn’t enough short ribs to feed my entire family (small town). Will it be horrible if I slow cook a brisket?

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Capri Lilly December 24, 2021 - 5:29 pm

Hi Shelly. It wouldn’t be horrible at all! You can definitely use brisket. Just be mindful of the cooking time. You may need to cook it for an extra 30 minutes to an hour to make sure it is nice and tender. Let me know how it goes if you do! 🙂

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Ky January 12, 2022 - 1:53 am

This looks so insanely good!!! If I do 1.5 lbs of short rib, is it still the same amount of time in the oven? Thanks!

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Capri Lilly January 12, 2022 - 6:08 pm

Hi Ky! Yes, you would still cook it the same length of time. I hope you enjoy the recipe

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Elissa April 22, 2022 - 6:03 pm

5 stars
This was amazing, they’re still talking about it! I had a bottle of Spanish Tempranillo on hand and it did not disappoint with the beef. Thank you so much, they think I’m a chef now lol.

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Capri Lilly April 23, 2022 - 9:48 am

Yummm! I love to hear it! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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