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:

2,825 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb

Daily value:



  • Fat 509g 783%
  • Carbs 34g 11%
  • Saturated 209g 1,045%
  • Fiber 3g 14%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 237g
  • Polyunsaturated 26g
  • Protein 196g 392%
  • Cholesterol 989mg 330%
  • Sodium 1,976mg 82%
  • Calcium 196mg 20%
  • Magnesium 248mg 62%
  • Potassium 3,942mg 113%
  • Iron 21mg 118%
  • Zinc 40mg 267%
  • Phosphorus 1,993mg 285%
  • Vitamin A 25µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 12mg 20%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 89%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 110%
  • Niacin (B3) 40mg 199%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 219%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 110µg 27%
  • Vitamin B12 31µg 523%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 26%
  • Vitamin K 24µg 30%
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