Slow Cooker

Beer Braised Short Ribs

January  6, 2011
5 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

When short ribs take a swim in rich stout, it is the ultimate comfort on a winter's day. —Liren Baker

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 pounds short ribs
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 head of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 12 ounces good, rich beer, such as stout
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place an ovenproof casserole or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add vegetable oil, and heat until it is very hot but not smoking. Season short ribs generously with salt and pepper. Add short ribs to the pot, working in batches if necessary (take care not to let the short ribs touch – you run the risk of them steaming rather than browning). Cook ribs until browned on all sides. Remove ribs from casserole, and set aside.
  2. Remove any excess fat, leaving just about 2-3 Tbsp in the casserole.
  3. Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic to oil in the casserole, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and golden, about 10 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Add flour and tomato paste to the casserole, and stir to combine. Deglaze the pan with the beer; stir with wooden spoon until all browned bits have been scraped from the pan. Bring the beer to a simmer, then add stock.
  5. Return browned ribs to the casserole and add the bay leaf. Bring the liquid to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover the casserole, and place it in the oven. Cook until ribs are very tender, about 3 hours.
  6. Serve over rice pilaf, or as a ragu with noodles. Good old french bread will also do very nicely!
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3 Reviews

Crystal P. June 11, 2023
Made this tonight for dinner after a rainout ruined our plans to smoke the short ribs we had. I’ve never been so thankful for rain! This was SO good! I used a Blue Moon instead of a stout (just what we had already) but otherwise followed the recipe. Even my husband raved about how delicious and amazing it was (short ribs are really my jam, not his). Definitely a keeper!
Sonel June 3, 2020
I made these exactly as the recipe said for a surprise meal for the hubby and they were off the hook awesome!!!
Will Be my short rib go-to recipe from now on!
[email protected] October 25, 2014
Liren tried your ribs yesterday, delicious! Sorry I changed it a little to do on my pellet smoker and indoor oven but it is a keeper recipe for me. Love your site too and have it bookmarked. Don