Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 15 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

5 pounds very meaty bone-in beef short ribs, cut into 2-inch chunks

Good olive oil 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

3 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (3 leeks) 

3 cups chopped celery (5 to 6 ribs) 

2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions) 

2 cups chopped unpeeled carrots (6 carrots) 

1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (5 cloves) 

1 (750-milliliter) bottle Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone, Chianti, or other dry red wine 

4 cups beef stock, preferably homemade or College Inn 

1 cup canned crushed tomatoes, such as San Marzano 

1 (11.2-ounce) bottle Guinness draught stout 

6 sprigs fresh thyme, tied with kitchen string 

Toasted baguette, for serving 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the short ribs on a sheet pan, brush the tops with olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Roast for 20 minutes and remove from the oven. Reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large (12-inch) Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset, over medium heat. Add the leeks, celery, onions, and carrots and cook over medium to medium-high heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the wine, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the liquid is reduced. Add the stock, tomatoes, Guinness, thyme, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper.
  3. Place the ribs in the pot, along with the juices and seasonings from the sheet pan. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook in the oven for one hour. Uncover and cook for one more hour, until the meat is very tender.
  4. Remove the short ribs to a plate with a slotted spoon and discard the thyme bundle and any bones that have separated from the meat. Simmer the sauce on the stove for 20 minutes, until reduced. Skim some of the fat off the top and discard. Return the ribs to the pot, heat for 5 minutes, and taste for seasonings. Serve hot in shallow bowls, with a toasted baguette and extra sauce on the side.
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