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5 from 18 votes

Best Red Wine-Braised Short Rib Recipe

Tender juicy short rib that falls off the bone effortlessly, braised 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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course, Sauce or Marinade
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: best red wine-braised short rib, delicious short rib recipe, tender short rib recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 989kcal


  • 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 325 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.