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Root Beer Short Ribs


This rib recipe, courtesy of Shawn Darling of Windsor, California, is slow-cooked in a root beer broth and is great with mashed sweet potatoes.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, December 2009


  • 4 1/2 pounds short ribs, cut into 4-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 3 large celery stalks, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 small carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 head garlic, sliced in half crosswise
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups good-quality root beer


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Season ribs generously with salt and pepper. In an 8-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil on high. In batches, brown ribs on all sides, about 20 minutes total. If oil gets too dark during browning, pour off and add more oil (do not wipe pot clean). Transfer ribs to a plate and pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from pot.

  2. Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, cumin, and star anise. Cook, scraping up any browned bits, until onions soften, 5 minutes. Return ribs to pot and add broth and root beer. Bring to a rapid simmer, cover, and place pot in oven.

  3. Cook until meat can be easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 3 hours. (To store, refrigerate, up to 4 days.) With a slotted spoon, transfer ribs to a large straight-sided skillet. Skim off and discard any fat from cooking liquid. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into skillet; discard solids. Boil over medium-high until liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Continue to cook, spooning liquid over meat occasionally, until ribs are glazed and sauce is thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes

You can cook the short ribs up to 4 days ahead. Refrigerate, then skim, strain, and reduce the cooking liquid before serving.

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  • Rikkor
    9 JUN, 2013
    Incredibly good recipe. You can't lose if you follow the recipe as printed. Good idea to do everything the day before, and store the strained unfinished sauce separately. It's easier to get the fat off the sauce when cold. When reducing the sauce be careful, as it reduces to a glaze pretty quickly at the end. Good served with plain boiled carrots over polenta or mashed potatoes.