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Wine-Braised Short Ribs

3 hours 45 minutes
6 servings

Tender beef short ribs braised in red wine and aromatic herbs, creating a rich and flavorful dish perfect for any cozy dinner.

Wine-Braised Short Ribs
Tender beef short ribs braised in red wine and aromatic herbs, creating a rich and flavorful dish perfect for any cozy dinner.

Imagine coming home to the rich aroma of wine-braised short ribs simmering away, filling your kitchen with warmth and comfort.

This recipe is perfect for those cozy nights when you crave something hearty and satisfying.

Today, I’ll guide you through making this delectable dish that combines tender beef short ribs with a robust wine sauce, ensuring every bite is packed with flavor.

Wine-Braised Short Ribs

What are Wine-Braised Short Ribs?

 Wine-braised short ribs are a classic comfort food, often found in French and American cuisine. The process involves slow-cooking beef short ribs in a mixture of red wine, tomatoes, and aromatic herbs until the meat becomes incredibly tender and flavorful.

This method not only enhances the taste but also ensures the meat falls off the bone, making it a favorite for family dinners and special occasions.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

This wine-braised short ribs recipe is close to my heart because it brings together the best of rustic cooking with a touch of elegance.

The combination of red wine and fresh herbs creates a rich, savory sauce that perfectly complements the tender beef.

Plus, the addition of bacon adds a smoky depth that elevates the dish to a whole new level.

Ingredients

  • bone-in beef short ribs: The star of the dish, these ribs become incredibly tender and flavorful when braised, with the bone adding depth to the sauce.
  • olive oil: Used for browning the ribs and sautéing the vegetables, olive oil adds a rich, fruity base flavor.
  • carrot: Adds a subtle sweetness and a slight crunch, balancing the savory elements.
  • onion: Provides a foundational sweetness and depth of flavor, becoming soft and caramelized during cooking.
  • bacon: Adds a smoky, salty richness that enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • garlic: Infuses the dish with a pungent, aromatic depth that complements the richness of the meat and wine.
  • tomato paste: Concentrated tomato flavor that adds umami and helps thicken the sauce.
  • red wine: Adds acidity and complexity, helping to tenderize the meat while imparting a deep, rich flavor.
  • crushed tomatoes: Provides a tangy, slightly sweet base for the sauce, adding body and richness.
  • chicken broth: Adds a savory, slightly salty liquid that helps to braise the meat and create a flavorful sauce.
  • fresh rosemary: Infuses the dish with a piney, aromatic note that complements the richness of the beef.
  • fresh sage: Adds an earthy, slightly peppery flavor that enhances the overall herbaceous profile.
  • bay leaves: Imparts a subtle bitterness and depth, rounding out the flavors.
  • whole peppercorn: Adds a mild heat and complexity, infusing the sauce with a subtle spiciness.

Substitutions & Additions

Beef Short Ribs: You can substitute with boneless short ribs or even beef chuck roast if short ribs are not available.

Red Wine: For a non-alcoholic version, replace the wine with an equal amount of beef broth.

Chicken Broth: Vegetable broth can be used for a different flavor profile.

Equipment Needed for Wine-Braised Short Ribs

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How to Make this Recipe

  1. Prep the Meat: Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the short ribs on all sides until browned. Remove and set aside.
  2. Cook the Vegetables: In the same pot, add the remaining olive oil. Sauté the carrot, onion, and bacon until the vegetables are softened and the bacon is crispy. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Build the Sauce: Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine and Braise: Add the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, rosemary, sage, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Return the short ribs to the pot, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid. Bring to a simmer, then cover and transfer to a preheated oven at 325°F. Cook for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
  5. Serve: Remove the herbs and bay leaves before serving. Pair the short ribs with mashed potatoes, polenta, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

  • Searing the Meat: Don’t skip this step! Searing locks in the juices and adds a depth of flavor to the dish.
  • Wine Selection: Use a good quality dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, for the best flavor.
  • Slow Cooking: Low and slow is the key. This allows the flavors to meld together and the meat to become incredibly tender.
Wine-Braised Short Ribs

Serving Suggestions

 Serve these wine-braised short ribs with creamy mashed potatoes or polenta to soak up the rich sauce.

A side of roasted vegetables or a simple green salad can balance the meal.

Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color and added freshness.

Storage Suggestions

 Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.

This dish also freezes well for up to 3 months; just thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Wine-Braised Short Ribs

Recipe FAQ

Can I make this dish in a slow cooker? Yes, after searing the meat and sautéing the vegetables, transfer everything to a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.

What type of red wine should I use? A dry red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot works best for this recipe.

Can I use boneless short ribs? Absolutely! Boneless short ribs will work just as well, though they may cook a bit faster.

 Wine-braised short ribs are the epitome of comfort food, combining rich flavors and tender meat in every bite.

I hope you enjoy making and savoring this dish as much as I do. Don’t forget to leave a comment below with your thoughts or any variations you tried.

Happy cooking!

Wine-Braised Short Ribs

Wine-Braised Short Ribs

5 from 1 vote
Tender beef short ribs braised in red wine and aromatic herbs, creating a rich and flavorful dish perfect for any cozy dinner.
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lbs bone-in beef short ribs
  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 sprigs fresh sage
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp whole peppercorn

Instructions
 

  • Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the short ribs on all sides until browned. Remove and set aside.
    4 lbs bone-in beef short ribs, 1/4 cup olive oil
  • In the same pot, add the remaining olive oil. Sauté the carrot, onion, and bacon until the vegetables are softened and the bacon is crispy. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
    1 large carrot, 1 large onion, 4 slices bacon, 6 cloves garlic
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
    2 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, rosemary, sage, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Return the short ribs to the pot, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid. Bring to a simmer, then cover and transfer to a preheated oven at 325°F. Cook for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
    1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, 2 cups chicken broth, 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, 3 sprigs fresh sage, 4 bay leaves, 1 Tbsp whole peppercorn
  • Remove the herbs and bay leaves before serving. Pair the short ribs with mashed potatoes, polenta, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

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