Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs – by Brian

This is one of the easiest dishes to make and the results are mouth-watering.

I found  the recipe on the Food Network here in the USA – I must admit I haven’t really changed it!

Beef short ribs come either bone in or bone out – I prefer the bone out as it makes for easier prep and plating, especially if you have a glass of wine whilst you are waiting for them to cook….Ingredients – serves 4:

  • 2 tbsp butter, or use olive oil if you want to be a little more healthy
  • 4 beef short ribs (about 225g/8 oz each)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed (or 2 teaspoons minced garlic from a jar)
  • 1 bottle red wine (I have tried Merlot, Zinfandel and Shiraz and they all work well)
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock/broth
  • 2 tbsp plain (all purpose) flour, or brown gravy mix


  • Heat your oven to 160C/140C fan forced/325F.
  • Heat the butter or oil in a large Dutch oven, (or any cast iron casserole pot), on your stovetop over medium high heat.
  • Season the ribs, then add them to the pot and brown on all sides.
  • Transfer the ribs to a plate, then add garlic to the pot and stir until softened but not brown (about 1 minute).
  • Carefully pour the wine onto the garlic, bring to the boil and cook until reduced to about 1 cup.
  • Put the ribs back into the pot, (together with any juices they have released),  and then add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cover the pot and then transfer to the oven to cook for about 3 hours, until the meat is totally tender and just about falls off the bone.
  • Transfer the ribs to a plate and keep warm, then strain the braising liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a saucepan set over medium high heat.
  • Simmer the liquid, skimming the fat if necessary, then add flour and stir until the gravy thickens. Season if necessary.
  • Transfer the ribs and gravy to a serving dish and serve with potatoes (mash is best) and vegetables of your choice.
  • Enjoy!  (By the way, apologies about this photo – too much wine whilst cooking 🙂 )

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2 Responses to Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs – by Brian

  1. Yum! Slow cooked beef with red wine is pretty much the ultimate combination.

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