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Sherry Braised Beef Short Ribs

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"Beef short ribs are pretty much foolproof, and as long as two things happen, you are in for some very fine eats. First, the beef must be really well browned – I'm talking deep, dark, crusty, and caramelized. The other key step is easier. To paraphrase an expression, 'stick a fork in them, they're done.' Just braise them until they're fork-tender. After browning properly, the only way to mess these up is to undercook them, so don't."
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2 h 55 m servings 490
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer crisped bacon with a slotted spoon to a Dutch oven. Retain bacon drippings in the skillet.
  3. Generously season short ribs with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat bacon drippings in the same skillet over high heat. Cook short ribs in hot bacon fat until browned and caramelized on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer ribs to the Dutch oven, reserving drippings in the skillet. Add thyme and bay leaf to the ribs mixture.
  5. Reduce heat under the same skillet to medium. Cook and stir onion in the skillet until soft and golden, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  6. Whisk flour into onion mixture and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes.
  7. Pour sherry into onion mixture; cook until thick and hot, about 2 minutes. Pour onion-sherry mixture into Dutch oven; add beef broth and salt to taste. Bring ribs mixture to a simmer and cover the Dutch oven with a lid.
  8. Transfer Dutch oven to the preheated oven and cook until short ribs are fork tender, about 2 hours. Remove ribs to a serving dish, reserving sauce in the pot.
  9. Set Dutch oven high heat and boil sauce until reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Spoon reduced sauce over ribs.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 490 calories; 38.6 9.3 22.4 86 739 Full nutrition

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Chef John's recipe is excellent! It is "Julia Child-esque" in its simple elegance and richness. Two firsts for me: This recipe compelled me to write my first ever review (can't believe this r...

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Did everything exactly as stated and was very disappointed. It tastes like pot roast! I was expecting something that was salty, sweet and with flavor-this isn't it.

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Chef John's recipe is excellent! It is "Julia Child-esque" in its simple elegance and richness. Two firsts for me: This recipe compelled me to write my first ever review (can't believe this r...

If I could rate this 10 stars, I would. Followed recipe exactly with the exception of the cooking time. I added an extra hour in the dutch oven. These were melt in your mouth, divine tasting ...

This is one of many of Chef John's recipes that I have tried and every time they are a winner. This recipe is no different. Bacon, onion and beef - what's not to love?! I had never cooked wit...

I made this the other night and it was a big hit. Really, really goooood. I will mention that I learned braising meant cooking the meat in broth that only covers 1/2 way up the ribs. Otherwise, ...

I decided to make this too late in the day to have for dinner that night so after cooking for close to two hours I took the short ribs out and put them on a platter and the braising liquid in a ...

This recipe sounded so delicious that I went out immediately and got the ingredients to make it for Sunday dinner. It wasn't cheap but the flavour and the way it made our house smell was remin...

This is excellent. My husband gave it 10 stars. I live in Mexico and did not want my oven on that long so I put them in a crock pot and they turned out excellent. I did not use all the broth ...

Best short ribs ever! I followed the recipe exactly and could not imagine changing a single thing. Will certainly use this recipe to impress guests.

My entire family went crazy for this meal. It was absolutely fantastic, I didn't change a thing to the recipe. Served ribs and sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes. I can't believe how much my 2 y...