Bacon and Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs

These red wine and bacon braised beef short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Pair with mashed or roasted potatoes.

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Braised beef short ribs are the perfect companion for mashed potatoes or rice and due to the slow cooked nature of this recipe, they are fall off the bone delicious! I’ve included instructions for every type of cooking; whether it be stove-top, oven baked, Instant Pot or slow cooker, I’ve got you covered!

4 pieces of Braised Beef Short Ribs in a black and white serving plate

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised beef short ribs are basically beef short ribs that are roasted in a pot on the stove-top, typically in red wine or a similar liquid. For this recipe, I use a base of red wine and beef stock and brown the beef in bacon fat. This is a very traditional French way of making short ribs, made famous by the ever amazing Julia Child!

What is Braising?

Braising is the act of searing meat on a stove-top and then simmering it slowly in liquid in a covered pot until thoroughly cooked.

close up Braised Beef Short Ribs in a serving plate

How to Make Braised Beef Short Ribs

This recipe was initially made using only the stove-top but there are many other ways to make braised beef short ribs.

Oven Baked

To cook in the oven, simply place them in the oven at 350 degrees for 4-5 hours as opposed to covering them and simmering them on the stove-top.

Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

For the Instant Pot, press the saute button and follow the exact same steps right up until step #6 where you will close and cook on High Pressure for 45 minutes, then naturally release for 15 minutes. When using a pressure cooker, be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions when sealing and opening your pressure cooker.

Slow Cooker / Crock-Pot

For the slow cooker, follow all of the preparation steps and then transfer to the slow cooker and cook for approximately 5-6 hours on high, or 8-9 hours on low.

close up Braised Beef Short Ribs in a slow cooker/crock-pot

How to Serve your Braised Beef Short Ribs

These beef short ribs go well with all kinds of side dishes such as mashed potatoes; rice and more. Here are a few side dish ideas to cook with them to serve up the perfect family meal! The perfect companion for these is my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes but here are some other ideas to try:

Braised Beef Short Ribs

These red wine and bacon braised beef short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Pair with mashed or roasted potatoes.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Total Time
3 hours 15 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 4 large Beef short ribs or 8 smaller ones
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4-6 slices thick cut bacon or pancetta sliced in chunks
  • 1/4 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups red wine on the dry side
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Whisk together the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Dredge the short ribs through the flour until covered completely.
  • Take the bacon and place it into a large oven safe braising pan or similar Dutch oven. Fry until the grease is rendered out and the bacon is soft and cooked. Remove the bacon and set on a plate with paper towels to drain.
  • Fry the flour coated ribs up it the bacon grease until they are browned on the outside. Set aside on a plate.
  • Cook the white onion in the bacon grease until it's cooked through and tender. Drain the bacon grease. Add in the minced garlic and fry for another two minutes until browned and fragrant.
  • Deglaze the pan by adding in a small amount of wine, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Once done, add in the remaining wine, bay leaves, the beef broth, the bacon and the short ribs.
  • Cover and simmer for 3 hours on low heat or place in 350 degree oven and cook for 4-5 hours.

Recipe Notes

You can also do these in the oven, slow cooker or Instant Pot!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1286kcal, Carbohydrates: 183g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 797mg, Potassium: 3733mg, Fiber: 19g, Sugar: 92g, Vitamin A: 575IU, Vitamin C: 66.3mg, Calcium: 110mg, Iron: 5.6mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Lorraine Thirsk says

    I’ve never made beef short ribs before. I used the slow cooker method and they turned out perfectly! The only thing was, standing in front of the meat case, I had no idea what 4 large or 8 small short ribs might look like, as they were all the same size. So I just got a package of 4, and they were probably on the small side. Lots of sauce leftover, so I could have easily put twice the meat in. Will definitely be making again!5 stars

  2. Betsy says

    Made these yesterday for football Sunday. I ended up just making these on the stove. 4 short ribs ended up weighing just 2.25 pounds. The butcher picked them out for me. But after 3 hours, they were soooo tough. Threw the 3 out that we tried to eat. Left the last rib on the stove for another couple of hours. Much better. For me, there didn’t seem to be enough liquid in the pan. Only covered about a 1/3 of the pan. I used my 12″ Lodge pan to make these. I thought there should be enough liquid to cover the ribs entirely to ensure even cooking? Is the 2 cups of wine, and 1 cup of stock correct? Thinking this is a mistake? I ended up transferring the last rib to a small sauce pan so the rib was completely covered in liquid.4 stars

  3. joe macias says

    You should brown the ribs to a much darker color to develop a deeper richer fuller flavor for your broth.

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