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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- Season and pan-sear the short ribs. Then, carefully use tongs to transfer it to the slow cooker.
- Saute and season the vegetables. Then, add the tomato paste.
- Then, prepare the braising liquid. Add the wine and cook it on a low boil until it reduces by half.
- Carefully pour the vegetables and wine mixture into the slow cooker. Then, add the beef broth and herbs.
- 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!
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.
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.
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Creamy Parsnip Mash
- Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Creamy Polenta
- Air Fryer Asparagus (Quick & Easy!)
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Best Red Wine-Braised Short Rib Recipe + Video
- 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
- 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.
This recipe sounds so delicious and easy to make. Can’t wait to try it out with my family!
Thanks, Kierra! It’s super easy to make! I hope you and your family enjoy it 🙂
Absolutely love this recipe! The sauce is so flavorful. The short ribs fall right of the bone. No leftovers tonight. Guess I’ll have to make it again real soon!
Hi Kelly! I am happy you like the recipe! This one is one of my favs. Tysm for leaving a review 🙂
This looks delicious 😊. I’m making this for Christmas(one of our meets). We don’t eat beef, so I’m hoping pork ribs will be great. Just had lower back surgery, could this go in the crockpot?
Hi Teresa! yes, this can certainly go in the crockpot. I have instructions in the post on how to do so. I have not made this recipe with pork but it should work just fine!
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!
Hi Amanda, Merlot works perfectly too! I am glad you liked it!
Adding wine to any recipe automatically elevates it! This recipe doesn’t seem to intimidating though. Can’t wait to try it 😋
Hi Maya! It sure does! I love adding a great wine to my sauces.
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!
Hi Trice! Thank you!! It’s definitely a mouthwatering meal!
I am a huge fan of wine-braised short ribs. I like to serve mine over cheesy grits.
Hi Marta, That sounds delicious!! I may try that next time I make it.
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!
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
I think anything with red wine is heavenly and this short rib recipe is amazing!
Thank you! And I completely agree, red wine is the best!
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!!❤
YAYY! I am glad you liked the recipe Hannah!! Thanks so much for leaving a review! 🙂
Looks amazing! Love how you’ve incorporated the red wine!
Thanks Desiree! The red wine is really the star of the sauce. It adds such flavor and complexity. 🙂
Mmmm….Mouth is watering. Love all the photos to help me nail this recipe!
Hi Portia! I am glad the photos are helpful!
This was simple and so delicious. I can’t wait to make it again.
Hi Jayne! I am glad you liked it!!
These short ribs look amazing and I want to cook more with wine so this is the perfect recipe for me!
Hi Katrina! Cooking with wine can be so fun! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
These short ribs look so perfect and perfect and tender! Saving this recipe for later to give a try!
Made this food dinner tonight – was great!! Family loved it!
Hi ALine, I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it!
I love the step-by-step photos. You make it look so easy!
Thanks Jazz!! I am glad they help!
Can’t wait to trt this out with my family!!
Hi Kaluhi! Hope you like!
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!
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!
Thank you, Elaine! I am glad you like!
This looks amazingly delicious. Great recipe. Can’t wait to try this out
I can’t wait to make this for dinner! Looks incredibly delicious!
Hi Taylor! I think you’ll be very happy eating this for dinner!
ALL the flavors right here! So, so good!!
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.
Thank you, Anita! I am so happy you enjoy the recipe!
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 🤤🤤🤤
Thank you, Rohit! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed the dish!!
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!
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! 🙂
This has become my go to dish when I’m hosting. Everyone LOVES it and it always turns out so good!
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!
Such juicy short rib!!
This recipe looks great. Can’t wait to try it.
Hi Oscar! Hope you enjoy!
So delicious and full of flavour.
Hi Alexandra, glad you think so!
Truly my kind of food.
So tender and flavorful!
Glad you liked, Addie!
So juicy! Loved it!
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!
Hi! Yes, I leave the garlic whole and it doesn’t interfere with the sauce. I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂
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?
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! 🙂
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?
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! 🙂
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!
Hi Ky! Yes, you would still cook it the same length of time. I hope you enjoy the recipe
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.
Yummm! I love to hear it! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂
So how do I do this if I’m using a crock pot? Your instructions said to prepare all the ingredients in the pot first but not very specific. Do I simmer the wine on the stove first before transferring into the crock pot or am I just cooking the vegetables on the stove and then adding the wine and broth to the crock pot with the meat?
Hi Shaena, I’ve updated the post to include more detailed instructions on how to make the short ribs in the slow cooker. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
Good day…..please advise what I can replace the wine with. I know I’m in the slim minority that cannot stand the taste of wine. Chicken broth? More beef broth? Please advise. Thank you in advance!
Hi Julie! You can omit the wine and use more beef broth instead. You’ll need to add about 1 1/2 cups more of beef broth. I should mention that the flavor of the recipe will not taste like wine. The wine is reduced (all the alcohol is cooked out) and it simply adds more depth of flavor. But, I totally understand if you do not want to use it! I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it! 🙂
Sorry if this is a stupid question but is it 1,750ml of wine or 1 x 750 ml of wine
Hi! Not silly at all :). It’s one 750ml bottle of wine
such a yummy flavor! so tasty and delicious!
I used your recipe with a couple tweaks and it was amazing. I wish I could leave pictures on here. Anyone looking for an amazing dinner that has elevated flavor and will have your guests gushing over your skills… this is the one.
I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe!! This is certainly one of my favorite go-to recipes when hosting :).You can always share pictures of your dish with me on Pinterest and Instagram! Thanks for leaving a review.
OMG! These are delicious! Made exactly like stated and it is a total hit! Will definitely make again…thanks for sharing!
Hi, thank you!! I am happy you enjoyed the recipe 🙂
Could I remove the lid maybe the last hour of cooking in the oven so the sauce reduces to be more of a gravy? We like A LOT of gravy in this family so would I also be able to double it?
Hi Alyssa, you could try that.
You could also strain the sauce after the ribs are cooked. Pour it into a saucepan over medium heat. Then, mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with one tablespoon of cold water in a small bowl to make a cornstarch slurry. Then add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce and stir to combine. Stir the sauce and bring it to a low boil for a couple of minutes to thicken. (You need 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (& water) per cup of liquid/sauce.
Hope this helps! 🙂
After brownimg vegs. & Short Ribs can it be cooked in a Instant pot or Slow cooker for the remainder of time & how long would you think for instant pot or slow cooker Thanks so much, Linda
Hi Linda! There are slow cooker instructions above on the post. After browning, and preparing the braising liquid, the dish can be added to the slow cooker. Carefully pour the vegetables and wine mixture into the slow cooker. Then, add the beef broth and herbs.Cook on high heat for 4-5 hours, or low for 8 hours.
For instant pot instructions, check out my post: https://goodfoodbaddie.com/short-rib-hash-and-eggs/