Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

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Similar in taste to beef bourguignon, these red wine braised short ribs make a cozy yet elegant dish.

Similar in taste to beef bourguignon, red wine braised short ribs are the perfect comfort food dish for the holidays. The beef is fork-tender, the sauce full-bodied — and when you add egg noodles, mashed potatoes or polenta, you have a cozy yet elegant dinner that will warm your bones (and your soul).

What You’ll Need To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short RibsWhile most braised short rib recipes call for bone-in short ribs, I much prefer to use the boneless variety: not only do they have significantly less fat, but they are also easier to trim and prettier to serve. However, if boneless ribs are unavailable, substitute 6 to 7 pounds of bone-in short ribs — the meat will fall off the bone as it cooks. As always when cooking with wine, use a bottle that’s inexpensive but still good enough to drink; a Pinot Noir or Merlot in the $8 to $12 range is ideal.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Begin by trimming all excess fat off of the exterior of the short ribs (although leave the marbling that goes throughout the meat alone), otherwise, your sauce will be greasy.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

It’s also a good idea to remove any silver skin, which is the thin, white/silvery membrane on the surface of the meat.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short RibsSeason the short ribs all over with salt and pepper.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or oven-safe pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half of the short ribs and cook, without moving, until well browned on one side only, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the beef to a large plate. Repeat with the remaining tablespoon of oil and short ribs.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Browning the beef adds flavor. It may seem strange to brown one side only, but it saves a lot of time and does the job just as well.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Pour off all but one tablespoon of fat, return the pot to the stove, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. (If the onions begin to darken too quickly, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the pan.)

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes more.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Add the tomato paste. How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Add the flour.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Cook, stirring constantly, until fully absorbed by the onion-tomato mixture, about 1 minute. How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Add the wine, broth, sugar, bay leaf and thyme sprigs.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen browned bits. How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Add the short ribs and any accumulated juices to the pot and return to a boil.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Cover the pot with a lid, transfer to the oven, and cook for 2 hours. Carefully remove the pot from the oven. Stir in the carrots.

How To Make Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Cover and return the pot to the oven and cook 45 to 60 minutes more, or until the carrots and meat are tender. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Skim any grease off the surface of the sauce, if necessary. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Spoon the short ribs and sauce into bowls over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or creamy polenta.

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Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Similar in taste to beef bourguignon, these red wine braised short ribs make a cozy yet elegant dish.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Hours
Total Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds boneless short ribs, trimmed of excess fat and silver skin, cut into 3-in chunks (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/3 cups red wine (see note)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 large carrots, sliced 1/2-in-thick diagonally

Instructions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 325°F. Season the short ribs all over with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or oven-safe pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half of the short ribs and cook, without moving, until well browned on one side only, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the beef to a large plate. Repeat with the remaining tablespoon of oil and short ribs. (Note: Browning the beef adds flavor. It might seem odd to brown on one side only but I find that it saves time and does the job just as well.)
  2. Pour off all but one tablespoon of fat, return the pot to the stove, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. (If the onions begin to darken too quickly, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the pan.) Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes more. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until fully absorbed by the onion-tomato mixture, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the wine, broth, sugar, bay leaf and thyme sprigs; increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen browned bits. Add the short ribs and any accumulated juices to the pot and return to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, transfer to the oven, and cook for 2 hours.
  4. Carefully remove the pot from the oven. Stir in the carrots. Cover and return the pot to the oven and cook 45 to 60 minutes more, or until the carrots and meat are tender. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Skim any grease off the surface of the sauce, if necessary. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Spoon the short ribs and sauce into bowls over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or creamy polenta.
  5. Note: It's very important to trim all excess fat off of the exterior of the short ribs (although leave the marbling that goes throughout the meat alone), otherwise your sauce will be greasy. It's also a good idea to remove any silver skin, which is the thin, white/silvery membrane on the surface of the meat.
  6. Note: In selecting wine for this recipe, look for an inexpensive bottle that's still good enough to drink: a Pinot Noir or Merlot in the $8 - $12 range would be ideal.
  7. Make-Ahead Instructions: The short ribs can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Reheat, covered, over medium-low heat on the stovetop or in a 325°F oven.
  8. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The short ribs can be frozen for up to 3 months. Before serving, defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then reheat, covered, over medium-low heat on the stovetop or in a 325°F oven.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 680
  • Fat: 47 g
  • Saturated fat: 19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 41 g
  • Sodium: 740 mg
  • Cholesterol: 166 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • I’m pretty much a cooking newbie. I followed the recipe step by step and this dish is as easy to make as it was delicious. Everyone in my family had seconds and they already asked me to make it again. Thank you!

    • — Joe B on January 25, 2021
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  • If I use a chuck roast in its place. How many pounds? The same as boundless ribs?

    • — Danyial on January 17, 2021
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    • Yes, I’d use the same amount. Please let me know how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2021
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      • Jenn- I made this on Sunday and it was a HUGE hit. The meat was so tender you could cut with your fork. I served with both egg noodles and fried sliced polenta and a rustic French bread. It was just amazing.
        Thank you for sharing your delicious meals with all of us. You never disappoint, ever!

        • — Danyial Merriam on January 21, 2021
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  • Made this for dinner tonight and served over polenta. Easy to make and flavour was rich and delicious. And leftovers for another meal! Perfect. Thanks.

    • — Debbie on January 16, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I can only get bone in short ribs and your recipe calls for 4 pounds boneless. How many pounds of bone in should I buy? Can’t wait to make this as it sounds amazing! Thanks!

    • — Lucia on January 16, 2021
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    • For bone-in ribs, I’d recommend 6 to 7 pounds. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2021
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  • Hi! If I plan to cook this entirely on the stove, how does the cook time change? Simmer? Medium heat?

    • — Agnes on January 14, 2021
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    • Hi Agnes, the cook time will be the same, but I’d cook it over low heat. Give it a stir periodically so it doesn’t scorch on the bottom. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 15, 2021
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  • Just made this yesterday and OMG it was absolutely delicious. The flavor was wonderful. I will make this again!!

    • — Amy on January 3, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Love all your recipes but wonder about addition of sugar. What does it do? And how different would taste be?

    • — Maryann on December 30, 2020
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    • Hi Maryann, the sugar helps to balance out the more savory-flavored ingredients and the acidity of the tomato paste. Feel free to cut it back to 1 teaspoon if you’d prefer. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on December 30, 2020
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  • I made these for Christmas dinner and they were incredible. Relatively simple to make, and the flavor is amazing. I made them 2 days in advance and re-heated on the stovetop, and I think that always makes such a big difference with braised meat dishes like this to allow the flavors to really develop (it also makes skimming the hardened fat off the top much easier). I have only made bone-in short-ribs in the past, and I loved that the boneless short ribs are much less fatty. 10/10! (like all of your recipes)

    • — Absolutely Delicious! on December 28, 2020
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  • So glad I made this for Christmas dinner. It was outstanding. Thanks for earlier post and response on the chuck roast. My butcher was out of short ribs and the roast was a good substitution.

    • — Shannon H. on December 25, 2020
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  • Had today for Christmas dinner. Was excellent! Garlic mashed potatoes, brown butter carrots, and a nice cabernet.

    • — Scott Stuart on December 25, 2020
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  • I made this yesterday for today’s dinner, using boned ribs. OMG, what a hit this meal was! Another home run from Once Upon a Chef recipes. Thanks,Jenn

    • — Jenny on December 20, 2020
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  • Great recipe! The meat was so tender. My family loved it. Thank you!

    • — Natasha on December 7, 2020
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  • Love it!!!

    • — Jonathan on November 26, 2020
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    • Made this last night and it was SO good. My local grocery store only had bone-in short ribs which I agree are so fatty, so I used chuck under blade steak instead, trimmed and cut into 2×4 pieces. I otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The flavors were incredible, and the meat was so tender. I served over mashed potatoes—the sauce was great with the potatoes. My house smelled amazing. Thank you, Jenn!

      • — Kelley O’Brien on December 14, 2020
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  • This recipe is the “bomb!” I’ve made it several times and it’s always a hit. I buy the prime boneless short ribs from Costco, brown the meat in a pan then transfer the meat, sauce and carrots into a crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. We have it with mash potatoes or rice!
    DELISH!

    • — Susan on November 23, 2020
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  • Hi Jen,
    Can the short ribs be replaced with beef cheek? If this is possible, do we keep to the same cooking time and temperature?
    Thanks.

    • — Joyce on November 19, 2020
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    • Hi Joyce, I haven’t ever cooked with beef cheeks so I can’t say from experience, but have read online that beef cheeks could be a suitable substitute for boneless short ribs without adjustments to time or temperature. If you can get beef chuck, I’d go with that. Just make sure either the chuck or the cheeks are cut into pieces that are about 2 inches wide by 4 inches long. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on November 19, 2020
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  • Tried this for the first time today and so glad I did. It is OUTSTANDING!! Everyone loved it. I was not able to find boneless short ribs, so I just bought more than 4 lbs and cut the bone off myself, trimming away the silver skin and extra fat. It was an easy process. Followed the recipe exactly – wouldn’t change a thing. This will be a family favorite Sunday dinner, and it is nice enough to serve to guests. Paired it with mashed potatoes. Thank you Jen for a wonderful recipe.

    • — Stephanie on October 18, 2020
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  • I had this same dish at a place called Big Cedar Lodge and have always wanted to make it ever since. Their version had peas in it. If I wanted to incorporate peas, I’m thinking a cup of frozen peas, thrown in during the last five minutes of cooking. Would that work here?

    • — Chad on October 16, 2020
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    • Yep, that should work nicely. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 18, 2020
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  • This was way too bland for my taste. If I make it again I’ll have to come up with additional seasonings to give it more flavor. I added many more carrots as I wanted more vegetables with my meat. I served with garlic mashed potatoes. So not the best.

    • — Jean G on October 3, 2020
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    • Hi Jean! My short ribs are currently in their last few minutes of cooking, so we’ll see how it goes, but I’m confident because I’ve made Jenn’s BBQ short ribs and they were amazing. I’m no sure how much cooking you’ve done in the past but I truly believe in “seasoning as you go.” Every time I introduce a new ingredient, I add salt & pepper. If you wait to the end and never add seasoning, 99.9% of recipes will be bland. I taste as I go and season as I go. Some may object and think “you’ll add too much salt!” but I don’t find this to be true. I add far less salt than if I happen to forget and need to add it at the end. It’s best to layer the flavors and cook the seasoning in as you go. I also use Kosher Sea Salt and even though my husband has a history of high blood pressure, I’ve done research and sodium from processed foods is far more likely to impact HBP than kosher sea salt added by cooking homemade meals. I hope that helps. Try it! Taste and season as you go – this is my number 1 tip for new cooks! It makes ALL the difference. No more bland food.

      • — Amanda on November 6, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn! I was looking for a good braided in red wine short rib recipe to serve at a nice dinner party. I checked here first since I trust your recipes and this looks perfect. BUT I am intrigued by the bbq short ribs you have on your site as well. I’ve never seen or tried short ribs cooked this way! Honest opinion….which would you recommend for my party of 12??! Thank you so much!

    • — Julie on September 22, 2020
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    • Hi Julie, They are both delish, but this one is more elegant. I’d stick with this recipe for a dinner party. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on September 22, 2020
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      • That’s what I was leaning toward but I really wanted your opinion, so thank you for responding so quickly!!

        • — Julie on September 22, 2020
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  • Hi Jen – I used pork country ribs because that’s what I had in the fridge. I also didn’t have pasta on hand and instead thinly sliced a potato and added it with the carrot. It is scrumptious!

    • — Katherine on September 12, 2020
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  • Would it be wise to cut this recipe in half?

    • — Jamie Curbelo on August 12, 2020
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    • Hi Jamie, These shrink a decent amount when cooking so I’d just go ahead and make the full recipe. If you have leftovers, they freeze well. (See the bottom of the recipe for freezer-friendly instructions.) Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 13, 2020
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  • Been cooking a lot and came across this site. Made this for dinner the other night and it might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made. It was absolutely amazing and the recipe was lined out perfectly and easy to do. Thank you!!

    • — Noah C. on August 9, 2020
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  • How do I save them If I made them it advance?
    Do they have to be inside the same stock In the fridge?
    When I heat them how long should they have to be in the oven at 325?
    Thank you!

    • — Mariana Hernandez on August 6, 2020
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    • Yes, I’d refrigerate them in the sauce. And when you reheat them, I would guess they’d take about 30 minutes, but you’ll need to check to make sure they’re heated through. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 7, 2020
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  • This was my first time cooking short ribs and my husband proclaimed it the best ever! I followed your recipe exactly as written and it was perfect. We will definitely make this again soon!

    • — Ashley on July 25, 2020
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  • I have bone in short ribs. How much longer would your recommend cooking ? Thank you

    • — Marsha on July 10, 2020
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    • Hi Marsha, They should take about the same amount of time. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on July 10, 2020
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  • Hi, Jenn;

    Correction: ince I opened the package i realized the ribs were more normal sized. The way the butcher had packed them they looked like 4 single ribs but broke apart upon opening. Still… they are larger or cut differently than I’ve seen before. There are 11 ribs totaling 8 lbs. So, I doubled the sauce to ensure there would be enough to cover. I am guessing now the original 3 hour total cook time should work.

    • — Jen R on July 9, 2020
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    • Hi Jen, Sorry I’m just seeing both of your comments. Good call to double the sauce; they may take a bit longer to cook, so I’d just keep checking til they’re fork tender.

      • — Jenn on July 9, 2020
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  • Hi, Jenn;

    HELP… I need advice ASAP! I ordered 7 lbs of ‘bone-in’ short ribs from a butcher about 45 minutes away. I am planning to make this dish today for a very dear and longtime friend of my husband. I didn’t realize until we got the ribs home that the butcher literally left them in whole form. There are 4 ribs in the package, each weighing about 2 lbs. I planned on braising these but will now have to simmer in a large stockpot on the stovetop. Am I going to need to significantly increase the cook time? If so, how will I know when they are done?

    Thank you,
    Jen R

    P.S. The dear friend has been staying with us for the last 4 days and has had the opportunity to enjoy many of your recipes while staying with us. Thank you so much for sharing and helping us to serve such delicious and elegant dishes!

    • — Jen R on July 9, 2020
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  • My husband bought boneless short ribs instead of sirloin tips by mistake and I wasn’t sure what to do with them as I’ve never cooked short ribs before. I cooked them yesterday using your recipe. When I first put it into the oven I was concerned about how thin the gravy/sauce was, but I just let it cook and waited to see the results. MAGIC – this dish was magic. So delicious, the ribs were amazing, everything came together wonderfully! I didn’t strain or reduce the gravy, just poured some of it over the ribs straight from the pan and it was gravy perfection. The four of us at the table didn’t say much during the meal, except “wow”, “mmm”, you get the idea. I served it with buttered wide noodles and a side salad. Leftovers will go in mac n cheese. Thank you for a great recipe, this one will be going in the rotation!

    • — Cherie on July 5, 2020
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  • Hi! This looks wonderful If I make it the night before and want to reheat in a 325 oven, how long does it take to thoroughly reheat? Thanks! Karen

    • — Karen Heller on May 13, 2020
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    • Hi Karen, I would guesstimate it’ll take about 40 minutes give or take. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 13, 2020
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  • Made this with wagyu boneless short ribs, wow. The kids went nuts. My daughter thought it was better than the capital grill. I served it with Asiago grits and 2 loaves of fresh home baked bread to dip up the incredible sauce.

    • — Joe Coyle on May 10, 2020
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  • I love this recipe’s deep rich flavors. I add a bit more flour for a thicker sauce, bone in ribs (the bones fall off during cooking), I brown all sides of ribs, and add more carrots because they are so good. A luxurious meal! Thanks for sharing!

    • — Denise Pries on May 6, 2020
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  • This meal will please anybody. I made it with chuck roast and it came out perfect.

    • — Don on April 19, 2020
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    • Hi Jen – I don’t cook much meat but I have so much faith in your recipes I felt I could give this a shot. I couldn’t believe I made something so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

      • — Lily on April 21, 2020
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  • This was absolutely incredible – I think one of the best things my husband and I have ever cooked! We used Pinot Noir, and it was delicious. Can’t wait to make it again!

    • — Naomi on April 14, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,
    This looks so delicious! What type of beef would work best? Would boneless beef chuck short ribs work? Thanks so much!

    • — Terri on April 13, 2020
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    • Sure, Terri, they should work. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 14, 2020
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  • Five stars all around! This was delicious with a wonderful dark brown gravy. I made it for Sunday dinner and will use it again for company.

    • — Carlene Visperas on April 9, 2020
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  • I was planning to make this tonight but divide the recipe in half. My grocery store only had bone-in so I bought two pounds, but now I see you recommend between 6-7 pounds for bone-in. This means I should have purchased three pounds, but alas, I did not! Is it still okay to halve the liquid or do I need to use even less than what I would have?

    • — Michelle on April 8, 2020
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    • Hi Michelle, You can halve the liquid; it will be just fine. 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 8, 2020
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  • If I don’t have a Dutch oven what could I use for the oven? Could I cook the short ribs on the stove?

    • — Jill on April 8, 2020
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    • Hi Jill, You can cook it entirely on the stove — just give it a stir periodically so the bottom doesn’t scorch while simmering. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 9, 2020
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  • We just love your recipes!!! Can I add potatoes to this recipe? If so, do I need to adjust liquids? thank you!!

    • — Linda on April 8, 2020
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    • Hi Linda, Sure, I think you could add potatoes here. I’d probably add about 1 more cup of beef broth. Or you could just use my beef stew recipe which is very similar to this but contains potaotes. Hope you enjoy whatever you make!

      • — Jenn on April 8, 2020
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  • Another amazing recipe that has changed my life, Jenn. The first time I made these short ribs I was cooking for guests but I felt totally confident because it was one of *your* recipes. I followed it exactly and my dinner guests were blown away. Thank you for making me look good!

    • — Kathryn on March 24, 2020
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