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Beef Short Ribs Sauerbraten

Rated as 4.79 out of 5 Stars

"The 24-hour marinade in this classic German dish, Sauerbraten, ensures succulent short ribs have that signature tanginess. Gingersnaps give the sauce a beautiful texture and add a sweet spiciness."
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1 d 4 h 5 m servings 620
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Season short ribs on both sides with salt and black pepper. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Cook short ribs in batches, turning a few times, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes per batch. Remove short ribs to a large lidded plastic tub while you make the marinade.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 cups water, cider vinegar, and red wine vinegar into the warm skillet and bring to a simmer. Cook and stir, scraping any browned bits off the bottom on the pan. Add juniper berries, cloves, and bay leaves, season with salt and black pepper. Remove from heat and pour in 1 cup cold water. Pour mixture over the ribs and place in an ice bath until chilled, 30 to 40 minutes. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. Melt butter in a large,heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, celery, and carrot in the melted butter until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Place marinated short ribs over the top of the onion mixture. Pour in remaining marinade from the plastic tub and stir in 1 cup water, chicken broth, and sugar.
  4. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer on low, covered, until meat is fork-tender, 3 to 4 hours. Remove meat to a platter. Discard juniper berries, cloves, and bay leaves. Sprinkle cooked onion mixture over the top of the meat, reserving excess cooking liquid in the pan.
  5. Place pot with remaining cooking liquid over medium-high heat. Grind gingersnaps in a food processor until fine and to the liquid in the pan. Stir in balsamic vinegar and boil until reduced and thickened, skimming fat, about 20 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Strain gravy through a fine mesh sieve, spoon over the beef, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 620 calories; 49.7 18.3 22.6 104 1459 Full nutrition

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one word: brilliant!

This was amazing! My BF is German and he said it's every bit as good as his Oma made. I couldn't find juniper berries so used gin (which is made from the berries...interesting). jThe gravy wa...

This is absolutely delicious. My short ribs were fall apart tender and absolutely perfect. I did make a couple of minor changes though. I could not find juniper berries so I threw in a shot of g...

We used thick chunks of stew meat for this recipe and it turned out perfect -- just a little more work to separate the meat from the vegetables/broth! If you like German foods, this recipe wil...

Amazing! Very tender beef. I also used a shot of gin instead of juniper berries. I do not usually eat gravy, but this was awesome. Served with cooked red cabbage and spaetzle.

this recipy was realy good...but was surprised of the flavor,,and the juniper berrys ,,I never heard of cooking with but it was delightful..strong flavor.and a short way to cook sourbraten

Holy poop this is so good. I'm just getting into cooking German food and I was reticent to go get the juniper, etc. that I didn't have just to try this recipe but I am so glad I did. I followed ...

Chef John, you are my new favorite chef. Thank you for everything you do. I made this for a dinner party, and have never even attempted sauerbraten before, or even tasted it. Something about ...

Amazing! A Frankenmuth, MI restaurant had an amazing sauerbraten and this recipe is as good or better! I will recommend this to all my friends and family and cannot wait to make it again. I fol...