Chocolate Braised Short Ribs

Chocolate Braised Short Ribs
Will Budiaman


  • 2 Tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 2 Pounds  short ribs
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon  cocoa powder
  • 1/3  quart chicken stock
  • 1 Cup  port
  • carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 8 Ounces  cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • Yukon Gold potatoes, diced

There isn't a whole lot of cocoa powder that goes onto these short ribs, but this is one case where a little goes a long way. The chocolate flavor infuses the cooking liquid and the meat soaks it all up overnight, resulting in a complexity of flavor that just wouldn't be there without the combination of chocolate and port.

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Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Heat the oil in a sauté pan or Dutch oven over high heat. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, to taste. When the oil is hot, add the short ribs and sear on all sides, about 10-12 minutes. Coat the short ribs with the cocoa powder, turning them with tongs.

Add the chicken stock and port and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and place in the oven until the short ribs are tender, about 3 hours. Remove from the oven, let cool in the liquid, and place in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, remove the solidified fat from the top of the cooking liquid. Remove the short ribs from the cooking liquid and set aside. Place the pot back over the stove and add the carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes. Cover with the lid, and bring to a simmer over high heat.

Then, reduce the heat to low to maintain the simmer. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the short ribs back into the pot to warm through, about 5-7 minutes.  


Calories per serving:

2,421 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 363g 558%
  • Carbs 205g 68%
  • Saturated 147g 733%
  • Fiber 27g 109%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 32g
  • Monounsaturated 171g
  • Polyunsaturated 18g
  • Protein 165g 329%
  • Cholesterol 699mg 233%
  • Sodium 1,104mg 46%
  • Calcium 311mg 31%
  • Magnesium 415mg 104%
  • Potassium 7,810mg 223%
  • Iron 24mg 133%
  • Zinc 35mg 233%
  • Phosphorus 2,200mg 314%
  • Vitamin A 1,531µg 170%
  • Vitamin C 179mg 299%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 120%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 169%
  • Niacin (B3) 48mg 240%
  • Vitamin B6 6mg 297%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 291µg 73%
  • Vitamin B12 23µg 391%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 38%
  • Vitamin K 42µg 52%
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