Short Ribs Braised in Beer



  • beef short ribs
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons  olive oil
  • slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • medium red onion, sliced into 1/2-inch rings
  • 1 Tablespoon  tomato paste
  • bottle Guinness, or another dark beer
  • 1/4 Cup  red-wine vinegar
  • 1 Cup  beef stock
  • 1/4 Tablespoon  shaved bittersweet chocolate

It's hard to do short ribs wrong, but this recipe does them oh-so right. The short ribs are braised in a chocolatey-Guinness beer liquid to give them a uniquely rich flavor. 


Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Generously salt and pepper the short ribs. In a large heavy pot  heat the oil until very hot. Sear the ribs until brown on all sides. Remove the ribs from the pan, and pour off the excess oil, but don't clean the pan.

Add the bacon and cook until the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and cook until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Don't worry if the onions start to fall apart, they will. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Add the beer, vinegar, beef stock, chocolate, and the ribs. Bring the liquid to a boil. At this point you can cover the pot and cook in the oven until they're fork tender, about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Alternatively, just dump everything into the pot of a slow cooker, cover, and cook on low while you're at work. When you're ready to serve, remove the ribs, and onions from the pot, and pour the remaining liquid into a wide saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil and cook until it's reduced by at least 1/3 (your call as to how thick you want the sauce). Taste and check for seasoning. Add the ribs and onions back to the sauce, serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy.


Calories per serving:

2,848 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 515g 793%
  • Carbs 33g 11%
  • Saturated 211g 1,054%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Sugars 10g
  • Protein 195g 390%
  • Cholesterol 991mg 330%
  • Sodium 2,175mg 91%
  • Calcium 187mg 19%
  • Magnesium 244mg 61%
  • Potassium 3,935mg 112%
  • Iron 21mg 117%
  • Zinc 40mg 267%
  • Phosphorus 2,043mg 292%
  • Vitamin A 277IU 6%
  • Vitamin C 13mg 21%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 88%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 105%
  • Niacin (B3) 40mg 198%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 214%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 114µg 29%
  • Vitamin B12 32µg 527%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 24%
  • Vitamin K 19µg 24%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 240g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 24g
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