Braised Short Ribs

This rich and flavorful recipe is fire and forget: season and sear, then walk away while the ribs simmer for a few hours.

The secret ingredient to this recipe calls for red wine. But is that “Paleo”? Technically, any alcohol is not considered Paleo by the strictest of purists. However, considering we burn off the alcohol and what is left is the flavor of our wonderful grapes marinading our beef, I am not too concerned about going off the clean eating bandwagon.


4 beef short ribs


Black pepper

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder


1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup of red wine (I prefer Merlot to cook with)

1 cup of water


In a large heavy bottom pan or dutch oven, heat the oil on medium-high.

Sprinkle all of the spices onto the short ribs.

Rub the spices into the ribs.

Repeat the sprinkling and rubbing process for each of the four sides for each rib.

Carefully lay the short ribs into the hot pan and allow each of the four sides to sear for 2-3 minutes. If all four of the short ribs do not fit in the pan, sear 2 at a time.

Once the ribs have been seared on each side, remove the ribs from the pan and sit aside.

Carefully pour the 1/2 cup of red wine into the pan and slowly stir the wine with the pan drippings and grease.

Allow the red wine to cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add the water and stir again.

Add the ribs back to the pan carefully by laying them on their sides. There should be enough liquid in the pan to cover approximately half of each rib. If not, add an additional 1/4 cup of wine and 1/2 cup of water.

The short ribs placed on their sides to simmer.

The short ribs placed on their sides to simmer.

Place a lid over the pan and turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer for approximately 3-4 hours.

You will notice while the ribs cook, the bones will “rise”. This is normal. Eventually the beef will slide off of the bones. Remove the bones from the pan and save for later if you wish to create some beef bone broth.

If you did not remove the bones from the meat during the cooking process just remove them by carefully sliding the beef off of the bones with tongs before you serve.

"Steak and fries" dinner with my braised short ribs and sweet potato & yucca chips.

“Steak and fries” dinner with my braised short ribs and sweet potato & yucca chips.

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