Beef Essentials: Braised Short Ribs with a Twist

Andy Anderson !


Short ribs are the quintessential caveman food. Just think of the old Flintstones cartoon, and you got it.

We’re going to slowly cook these ribs until the meat literally falls off the bone, and we’re going to add some southwestern notes to braise liquid.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
3 Hr



  • 3 lb
    short ribs, bone in
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil

  • 2 medium
    ancho chilies, fresh or rehydrated, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 large
    shallot, chopped
  • 2 medium
    carrots, diced
  • 2 stalk(s)
    celery, diced
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 c
    beer, like guinness

  • ·
    refried beans
  • ·
    cherry tomatoes, cut in half

How to Make Beef Essentials: Braised Short Ribs with a Twist


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Rub some salt and pepper into the short ribs.
  4. Add the oil to a heavy-bottomed pot over medium to medium-high heat.
  5. Brown the ribs, about 3 minutes per side.
  6. Remove the ribs from the pot, and reserve.
  8. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  9. Place a rack in the bottom position, and preheat the oven to 325f (165c).
  10. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pot, reduce the heat to medium, and then add the braise ingredients, and spices (with the exception of the beer), to the pot.
  11. Cook until the veggies begin to soften, about 8 – 10 minutes.
  12. Chef’s Note: While the veggies are cooking, season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  13. Add the short ribs, and the beer to the pot, and return the ingredients to a simmer.
  14. Tightly cover the pot and place into the preheated oven, until the meat is tender, about 3 – 3.5 hours.
  15. Remove the beef from the pot, cover, and reserve.
  16. Strain as much of the fat from the top of the sauce as you can.
  17. Use an immersion blender, or place the sauce in a food processor fitted with an S-blade, and blend until smooth.
  19. Lay a bed of warm refried beans on a plate.
  20. Add the short ribs (bones removed, optional).
  21. Add some cherry tomato halves,
  22. Drizzle on some of that yummy sauce.
  23. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Beef Essentials: Braised Short Ribs with a Twist

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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