Braised Short Ribs

I love Sundays. It’s a day to relax, catch up with the DVR and cook a great dinner. Typically we wake up, clean, grocery shop and then make a pretty fabulous dinner and dessert. A couple of weeks ago I was given a bottle of Merlot and since I am not a huge wine drinker, I decided to cook with it.

After searching the web for recipes that incorporate wine, I decided to go with The Pioneer Women’s recipe for Braised Short Ribs. I make a lot of Ree’s recipes, but don’t post many of them because…let’s get real it’s kind of hard to make the recipe sound better or look better than Ree does.

However, from time to time, a recipe comes along that *needs* to be posted…this is definitely one of those recipes! First of all, it’s so simple to assemble and prepare it almost feels like cheating. Yeah there’s a little browning involved, but that is really the most difficult step. Once that is done, you simply toss it into the oven and go about your day. Come back three hours later, whip together some risotto or mashed potatoes and and bask in the deliciousness. I guarantee your family will think you slaved in the kitchen all day to create such a rich, flavorful meal! Thanks for stopping by, have a delicious Sunday!

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Braised Short Ribs


8 whole Beef Short Ribs
Kosher Salt & Pepper To Taste
6 pieces Bacon, Diced
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
3 whole Carrots, Diced
2 whole Shallots, Peeled And Finely Minced
2 cups Red Wine
2 cups Beef Broth
2 sprigs Thyme
2 sprigs Rosemary


1. Salt and pepper ribs. Set aside.

2. In a large dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until complete crispy and all fat is rendered. Remove bacon and set aside. Do not discard grease.

3. Add olive oil to pan with the bacon grease, and raise heat to high. Brown ribs on all sides, about 45 seconds per side. Remove ribs and set aside. Turn heat to medium.

4. Add onions, carrots, and shallots to pan and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in wine and scrape bottom of pan to release all the flavorful bits of glory. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes.

5. Add broth, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Taste and add more salt if needed. Add ribs to the liquid; they should be almost completely submerged. Add thyme and rosemary sprigs (whole) to the liquid.

6. Put on the lid and place into the oven. Cook at 350 for 2 hours, then reduce heat to 325 and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Ribs should be fork-tender and falling off the bone. Remove pan from oven and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes, lid on, before serving. At the last minute, skim fat off the top of the liquid. (Can also refrigerate mixture, then remove solid fat from the top.)

adapted from The Pioneer Woman


30 Responses to “Braised Short Ribs”

  1. Chris — March 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    These look delicious. Your pic is so tempting! Ya big tease…lol Going to have to try this one!


  2. Jeff — March 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Glad you made these. BSR’s are among my favorite dishes in the world, and I think my recipe/method is quite similar to yours.

    and “Flavorful bits of glory.” made me laugh. Good stuff. :)


  3. the wicked noodle — March 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve been looking for a great braised short rib recipe and this looks perfect! Can’t wait to try it :-)


  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — March 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    That picture is wonderful – its totally making me drool. My hubby would loooove this.


  5. bunkycooks — March 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    These are beautiful! Short ribs are such a fabulous dish! I will have to try this recipe sometime.


  6. Mrs. Jen B — March 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Mmmmm…I don’t even LIKE short ribs that much but this recipe is a tempter for sure. I’ll have to give it a shot – you never know, could be a winner for me as well! :-) Looks amazing.


  7. ingrid — March 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Hmmm, I’m not certain if I’ve had short ribs before but yours looking very tempting.


  8. ingrid — March 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Ooops, look; look very tempting.


  9. arugulove — March 15, 2010 at 12:57 am

    This looks so good! I love short ribs, but I’ve never made them.


  10. Sandie {Inn Cuisine} — March 15, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Your photo makes these braised short ribs look irresistible! You’re right about Ree’s recipes—it’s hard to make anything she cooks (bakes) looks better than she does, but you did a mouthwatering job!


  11. CookiePie — March 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Ooooh those are gorgeous. Nom nom nom!


  12. Jonathan Green — March 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

    First of all I’m a huge fan of your photos, (food photography is another skill I’m trying to acquire.) because it just makes you want to leap through the computer and ravenously consume whatever you are creating. I hardly eat beef, but that looks deliciously gorgeous. Also, next time someone gives you a bottle of merlot, I would be MORE than happy to take that off your hands (huge wine fan). LOL. Keep of the great work!



  13. Eliana — March 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’m salivating right now looking at this.


  14. Maria — March 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I don’t do meat, but you can make anything look good:)


  15. teresa — March 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve made these, they’re scrumptous! Your picture of them looks great. I know what you mean about making a lot of PW recipes and not posting most of them because she does such a great job. I was glad to see this here though.


  16. shelly (cookies and cups) — March 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    That PW, she is the best!


  17. sheena — March 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    yum! will definitely have to make these at some point [hopefully] this week!


  18. Jess — March 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    What a great idea for using the wine. I should think about it the next time my mom ends up with a kind she will not drink.


  19. Nadia — March 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    These look so tender and delicious. I don’t eat pork so if I try these at home I’ll have to leave the bacon out, or is it a really big component to the dish?


  20. oneshotbeyond — March 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    They look so so moist!


  21. Jennifer Lewis — March 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Wow, these look delicious! I’ve never made beef short ribs before but after seeing your pic I may give it a try soon.


  22. Ling — March 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Love the spring of rosemary =) These look really good!


  23. Angela@spinachtiger — March 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I love braising and these shortribs are a knock out.


  24. Chap — September 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Could you put the photo of these back up again? It was a really great shot. Thanks!


  25. Helen F. Brown — March 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I love short ribs. I am going to try this. I haven’t heard of shallots before. The dish looks very delicious. I’ve been looking for a short rib recipe. Thank you.


  26. Ulei presat la rece — June 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Mmm…it looks very tasty!


    • Jamie — June 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting.


  27. Julie A — April 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Hello! This looks amazing…do you think it can be done in the crockpot??? 


    • Jamie — April 7, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Hi, Julie! I don’t see why you couldn’t. I definitely recommended browning the meat first before putting it in the crockpot. I would think they could be cooked 6 to 8 hours on low. Let me know how it goes!


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