Braised Boneless Short Ribs

"From Cook's Illustrated magazine, Feb 09. Use a bold red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Cotes du Rhone. Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes."
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Ready In:
2hrs 50mins




  • Place oven rack in upper-middle position and preheat to 300°F Pat beef dry with paper towels. Stir together salt and pepper and sprinkle over beef. Heat 1 tbsp oil in Dutch oven until smoking. Add half of beef and cook without moving, 4-6 minutes, until well browned. Turn beef over and cook second side until well browned, another 4-6 minutes. If fat begins to smoke, reduce heat. Transfer beef to medium bowl. Repeat with remaining oil and beef.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add onion, and cook, stirring often, until softened and barely browned, 12-15 minutes. (If onions darken too quickly, add 1-2 tbsp water to pan.).
  • Add tomato paste and stir constantly until it browns on sides and bottom of pan, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook unitl fragrant, 30-60 seconds. Turn heat up to medium-high, add wine, and simmer, scraping up fond from sides and bottom. Simmer until reduced by half, 8-10 minutes. Add beef broth, carrots, thyme, and bay leaf. Add beef and any juices in the bowl. Cover and bring to a simmer. Transfer to oven and cook 2 to 2½ hours, turning meat twice with tongs during cooking. When done, a fork will slip easily in and out of meat.
  • Place water in a small bowl and sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer meat and carrots to serving platter; tent with foil. Strain cooking liquid through a fine strainer into a fat separator. Press on solids to extract as much liquid as possible, then discard solids. Allow to settle, then strain off fat. Return liquid to Dutch oven and reduce to 1 cup over medium heat, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in bloomed gelatin; season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over meat and serve.

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  1. Very good. You can make it even better by making your own beef stock with the bones. Either remove them yourself or ask the butcher for them if buying boneless. Smear them with a little oil and a couple tablespoons of tomato paste; roast them for an hour at 400 F; put in a pot with twice their weight in cold water (about a gallon for 4 pounds of bones) and bring up almost to a boil, then simmer for about 6 hours. You can also add some peppercorns, parley stems, a bay leaf or two and some mirepoix. Use this instead of canned stock, and freeze any that's left over. It is vastly superior to the commercial stuff.<br/><br/>You can probably skip the gelatin in the recipe if you do this, since the bones will add a good deal of their own to the party.
  2. Delish!! We used bone in (because that's what was on special this week). Made just as directed. When I saw it was Doctors recipe, I knew we'd love it, right on again.
  3. Wow, this meat melts in your mouth! I used bone in short ribs and left the bones in, then skipped the gelatin part because the bones thicken the sauce up. I also cooked it in my crock pot. Served over egg noodles. Next time I might add mushrooms and put the carrots in after the meat has cooked a while so they won't get as mushy. Short ribs are so cheap that I was looking for more recipes to use them, and this hit the spot.
  4. Great recipe. I prefer 1 carrot and 2 celery stalks instead of the 4 carrots. Rounds out the flavor. Love the gelatin idea. Very tasty....mix in some sour cream and you have a braised stroganoff. Elegant and robust.
  5. This is a great recipe. The meat melts in your mouth. I made pretty much as directed with no problems, it was very easy. The only thing I did different was making a roux and stirring in the strained broth to make my gravy.


  1. Great recipe. I prefer 1 carrot and 2 celery stalks instead of the 4 carrots. Rounds out the flavor. Love the gelatin idea. Very tasty....mix in some sour cream and you have a braised stroganoff. Elegant and robust.
  2. This is a great recipe. I personally don't strain out the onions and carrots, I like to eat them. I cook for 3 hours so the meat is fall apart tender!! I sometimes add mushrooms as well. I serve over mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes. Freezes well.


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