The Best Recipes for Beef Short Ribs

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Tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef short ribs make a wonderful meal, especially during the cooler fall and winter months. Short ribs benefit from long, slow simmering, whether in the slow cooker, in the oven, or on the stovetop. Or, if you need tender short ribs in a hurry, cook them in a pressure cooker. Many long-cooking recipes can be cooked in a fraction of the time in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

There are two common cuts of short ribs: English-style, which are cut into long or short one-bone pieces, and flanken-style, which are cut into strips across several ribs. You might also find boneless short ribs, which are excellent for stews and Korean barbecue. Short ribs are usually taken from the chuck or plate. Plan on at least one pound per person—about two 3-inch ribs per person. Of course, it depends on how meaty the ribs are and how many meat-eaters you are serving. 

  • 01 of 09

    Slow Cooker Short Ribs Burgundy

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     The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These delicious boneless short ribs get loads of flavor from red wine and beef broth mixed with packaged gravy mix. They're quick and easy to prepare and cook in the slow cooker. Serve these short ribs with mashed potatoes and cream-style corn, or use your favorite vegetables on the side. If you use bone-in ribs, allow about 5 pounds for 4 to 6 people.

  • 02 of 09

    Cider-Braised Beef Short Ribs

    cider braised short ribs

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Apple cider, vegetables, and a variety of herbs make these beef ribs a fabulous meal for cool fall evenings. The liquids are reduced to make a tasty sauce.

  • 03 of 09

    Christmas Tacos

    Christmas Tacos

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer 

    Transform your short ribs into seasonal Christmas tacos. The recipe uses a slow cooker for the ribs and seasons them with pomegranate juice, chiles, and cinnamon. You'll also make a fresh pomegranate pico, then build the tacos in corn tortillas with cilantro, lime, cotija cheese, and crema.

  • 04 of 09

    Short Ribs With Cabbage

    short ribs with cabbage

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Melt-in-your-mouth short ribs are braised to perfection with a little bacon, apple juice, beef broth, and wedges of cabbage. The meal is a comforting one, ideal for a cool fall or winter day. Try a steak grill seasoning on these ribs, but feel free to use your favorite seasoned salt blend. The beef and cabbage make a hearty, low-carb dinner.

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  • 05 of 09

    Golden Short Ribs

    Beef Short Ribs with Carrots

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    A simple combination of condensed soup, vegetables, and seasonings add flavor to these golden short ribs. Searing the beef before slow cooking adds to the color and texture of the final dish. If you are short on time, you may skip that step. 

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    Barbecue Beef Short Ribs

    short ribs with barbecue sauce

     The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These barbecue beef short ribs make an easy complete meal in one pot. The slow-cooked short ribs are cooked with potatoes and vegetables, along with a flavorful barbecue sauce mixture. Serve this meal with hot baked cornbread or biscuits. Leftover shredded meat is excellent in sandwiches.

  • 07 of 09

    Beef Short Ribs With Onion Gravy

    Beef short ribs recipe

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    These short ribs feature a tasty sweet-sour onion gravy. Serve the beef short ribs with hot cooked rice or a bowl of creamy polenta, or serve them with mashed or roasted potatoes.

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    Crock Pot Braised Beef Short Ribs With Red Wine

    short ribs braised in the slow cooker with red wine

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The crock pot is an excellent choice for these braised beef short ribs. The beef cooks to tender, juicy perfection over a span of about eight hours. The reduced liquids make a fabulous sauce for the beef. Serve the ribs with mashed potatoes, rice, or creamy grits for a fantastic family dinner.

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  • 09 of 09

    Slow Cooker Boneless Beef Short Ribs

    Slow cooker boneless beef short ribs recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Nita West

    The slow cooker cooks these boneless beef ribs to tender, melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Mushrooms, onions, and garlic add flavor and texture. Feel free to replace the red wine with more beef stock. The gravy will still be delicious.