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This red wine braised short ribs recipe makes a special meal when only comfort food will do. It has fall-off-the-bone tender ribs in a richly flavored red wine sauce!

You may also enjoy my Beef Stew or Creamy Lemon and Herb Pot Roasted Chicken next.

a bowl with red wine braised short ribs over mashed potatoes

Why you’ll love it

My Crockpot Red Wine Braised Short Ribs recipe was so good that I had to create a version for readers that don’t own a slow cooker. The beef is just as juicy and tender, and the savory red wine sauce has beautiful concentrated flavors of garlic and thyme and seasonings.

Learning how to make short ribs in the oven is straightforward! These beef short ribs are a real treat for a special occasion or easy yet impressive entertaining. They’re cozy, richly seasoned while using everyday ingredients, and are sure to hit the spot on a cold day.

What you’ll need

  • Beef short ribs – braising makes them so tender. Read on for tips!
  • Olive oil – for sautéing
  • Onions, carrots, garlic – a tasty aromatic base
  • Tomato paste – for enhanced concentrated flavor
  • Red wine – cabernet sauvignon, merlot, Côtes du Rhône, malbec, or pinot noir are all good choices
  • Worcestershire sauce – it’s another layer of flavor
  • Seasoning – brown sugar, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper are the tasty blend I use. Be sure to adequately salt this recipe!
  • Thyme – it adds a lovely subtle herb flavor
  • Cornstarch – to thicken up the sauce

What exactly are short ribs?

  • It’s the cut from the chuck, brisket, rib, or plate regions of the animal. “Short” is in reference to the fact that the full rib bone is not included.
  • If needed, tell your butcher to cut the bone-in short ribs into 2″ pieces.
  • Short ribs need time to tenderize, so braising is the ideal method to cook them. That means seared at a high temperature, then cooked in a liquid.
ingredients for red wine braised short ribs in prep bowls

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • Here is the 5.5 quart Dutch oven I use for these short ribs.
  • This is my go-to corkscrew to open up the wine.
  • A garlic press makes it effortless to mince the cloves without even peeling them first, and a garlic keeper is great to store the rest.

How to make braised short ribs

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

searing short ribs in a dutch oven and sauteing onion and carrots

Preheat the oven, and season the ribs with salt & pepper. Heat up the oil in a Dutch oven. Working in two batches, sear the meat until browned, then transfer to a plate. Sauté the onions and carrots until golden brown.

making red wine sauce and adding short ribs to a dutch oven

Stir in the garlic and tomato paste until fragrant. Add the wine, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and thyme. Scrape up any tasty browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a simmer, then add in the short ribs.

red wine braised short ribs in a dutch oven before and after cooking

Cover, and transfer to the oven. Cook until the meat is tender enough to fall off the bone. Skim the fat off the surface and discard. Make a cornstarch slurry, then add to the pot and stir. Taste, and season with extra salt & pepper as needed to bring out the flavors.

Pro tip

Short ribs are quite fatty, so it’s completely normal to have to skim some fat off the surface when they’re done cooking.

Substitutions and variations

  • My version has been tested well, so I definitely recommend trying it as-is before making any substitutions or changes to ratios of ingredients, etc. The flavors are classic!
  • You could get away with leaving out the thyme, but it adds a nice something-something.
  • Sub 1/2 the wine with beef broth if necessary, but then also reduce the salt quantity.

What to serve with short ribs

Leftovers and storage

  • These short ribs will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • In a covered saucepan, reheat over a low heat until warmed through.
  • Store leftovers for up to 3 months in the freezer if you wish.
a dutch oven with red wine braised short ribs

If you made this short ribs recipe with a red wine sauce, please leave a star rating and review below! Questions not answered above? Let me know. Tag me on Instagram if you made it.

a bowl with red wine braised short ribs over mashed potatoes
5 from 2 votes

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

This red wine braised short ribs recipe makes a special meal when only comfort food will do. It has fall-off-the-bone tender ribs in a richly flavored red wine sauce!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 3 hours 20 minutes
Total: 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3.5-4 pounds beef short ribs (bone-in)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large carrot peeled & chopped finely
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt see note
  • Pepper to taste
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • Preheat your oven to 300F.
  • Season the short ribs with salt & pepper.
  • Add the olive oil to a Dutch over medium heat, and once the pot is hot, sear half the short ribs for about 3-4 minutes/side or until nicely browned. Transfer to a plate and then repeat for the second batch. The ribs may release a lot of fat, and if they do, spoon some of the excess fat out, leaving about 1-2 tablespoons in the pot.
  • Add the carrots and onions to the pot and sauté for 6-8 minutes or until they start to lightly brown.
  • Stir in the garlic and tomato paste and cook for about a minute.
  • Add the red wine, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and thyme to the pot. Give it a stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and bring it to a simmer. Add the short ribs in as even of a layer as possible (some will likely stick out and that's ok). Cover and transfer to your oven and cook for 3-3.5 hours (the meat should be falling off the bone).
  • Once the ribs are done, skim the fat off the surface (I just use a spoon to do this… don't worry about getting it all). Mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until you've got a smooth mixture, then stir it into the pot. The sauce should thicken up right away but you can always bring it to a boil on the stove to activate the cornstarch if needed. Give it a taste and season with extra salt & pepper as needed.


  • If you’re not using sea salt or kosher salt, you may want to start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more once you’ve tasted it. This recipe needs enough salt to bring out the flavors, so definitely don’t under-salt this one.
  • Serves 6+ depending on how much people eat. 
  • Try the slow cooker version of this recipe if you prefer.


Calories: 501kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 114mg, Sodium: 624mg, Potassium: 907mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 2753IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Millie says:

    Hi! If I were to use boneless short rib instead of bone-in, how would you adjust the oven time? Thanks 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Millie!! I would probably test after a couple of hours to see how tender they are, and then pop it back in the oven to cook for a bit longer as needed. Let me know how it goes if you try!

  2. Linda says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night for the 4th time, it’s such a beautiful, velvety, deep, lip smacking dish! We made your garlic mashed potatoes along with a salad. This without question is our #1 favorite recipe you have Natasha! Love, love, love it!!!! 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Awwww I’m thrilled to hear that, Linda!! Your comment made my morning!! Really appreciate you taking the time to write me a review.

  3. wray says:

    5 stars
    You do a lovely job , at every point in the cooking. thanks for filling in any blank spaces.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome!!

  4. Jan Treuter says:

    Can you make this recipe with Country Ribs?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I don’t see why not. Let me know how it goes if you try! 🙂