Beer-braised short ribs recipe

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beer braised short ribs
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  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time2 hours 40 mins
Total Time3 hours
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories408 Kcal20%
Fat16 g23%
Saturated Fat5 g25%
Carbohydrates10 g4%

Our beer-braised short ribs are slow-cooked to make them melt-in-the-mouth delicious.

These beer-braised short ribs are easy to cook with only three steps in the method. They require a little time but can easily be prepared ahead of time and reheated just before serving. We like to serve this with carrot and swede mash but crusty bread or fluffy rice would be equally as nice.


  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1.2kg beef short ribs
  • 2tbsp seasoned flour
  • 100g smoked lardons or chopped streaky bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3-4 thyme sprigs
  • 500ml stout
  • 300ml beef stock

to serve:

  • mashed potato, carrot and swede mash or steamed greens




  1. Preheat oven to 170/Gas 31/2. Heat the oil in a deep casserole over medium heat. Dry the beef and coat in the seasoned flour. Fry the beef in batches until browned then remove from the pan.
  2. Fry the lardons until crispy, then remove and set aside with the beef. Fry the onion and celery in the bacon fat until softened, add in the carrots and cook for a few mins. Add in the herbs, stout and stock and bring to a simmer.
  3. Place the beef and lardons back into the pan, pop on the lid and cook in the oven for 2 21/2 hrs until the meat falls from the bone. Serve with buttery mashed potatoes, swede and carrots and lashings of the stout gravy.

Top tips for making beer braised short ribs

This hearty meal is easy to prepare ahead and reheat. You can also freeze leftovers. We'd recommend removing the bones to save space in your freezer.

Make this using red wine instead of beer if you prefer.

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Keiron George
Freelance Food writer

With over 12 years of experience, arts graduate Keiron turned to food to channel his creativity, specifically cake decorating. Keiron set up his wedding cake business in 2015. And, in late 2016 won a scholarship at the world-renowned culinary institute - Le Cordon Bleu, London, where he studied the art of French Pâtisserie. He's worked in some of London’s finest 5-star hotels, collecting a wealth of knowledge along the way. As a Food Writer and Stylist food isn’t just a job, it truly is Keiron's passion.