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This rich braise is sweet, smoky and pleasantly bitter all at once. It comes from a Food52 member with the screen name hardlikearmour, who uses a smoked porter from the Alaskan Brewing Company. If you can’t find smoked porter, substitute a regular porter or another dark beer. Polenta is the ideal accompaniment for the short ribs and their luscious sauce, but mashed potatoes or egg noodles would also work well. Slideshow:  More Short Rib Recipes 

January 2015


Credit: © Fredrika Stjärne

Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
5 hrs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 325°. Season the ribs with salt and pepper. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil. Add half of the ribs and cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil and ribs.

  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the casserole. Add the apples, leeks, fennel, garlic, caraway and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, about 12 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then add the stock, beer, coffee, mustard, thyme and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Add the short ribs, cover and braise in the oven for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, until very tender. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the short ribs to a platter and tent with foil. Strain the braising liquid through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl, pressing on the solids; discard the solids. Skim the fat off the braising liquid.

  • Wipe out the casserole and melt the butter in it. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and browned, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and cook until melted. Add the strained braising liquid and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately high heat until reduced by one-third, about 7 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Add the ribs to the sauce and simmer over moderate heat until heated through, about 3 minutes. Top with chopped parsley and serve with the polenta.

Make Ahead

The short ribs can be covered and refrigerated in the sauce for 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Suggested Pairing

These intensely flavorful, slow-cooked short ribs are stellar with a robust wine like Cabernet Sauvignon.