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Ale-Braised Short Ribs

These ale-braised short ribs are just like you’d get in an English country pub. Tender and full of flavor!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: British
Keyword: braised short ribs, short ribs
Servings: 5
Calories: 829kcal


  • 5 lbs (8-10) beef short ribs weight includes the bones
  • 16 oz high-quality ale (I used Arrogant Bastard)—see NOTES
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup pearl onions frozen is OK
  • 2 cups carrots cut in chunks
  • 2 lbs small red potatoes
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme OR 1/2 tsp dried
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the oil then brown the short ribs on all sides—you may have to do this in batches. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Drain any fat from the pan. Deglaze the pan with the beef stock and add the bay leaf and thyme.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Place the flour to a large bowl and gradually whisk in the ale so there are no lumps. Add the ale/flour mixture to the pan and stir until slightly thickened and put the short ribs back in the pan, cover and place in the oven; cook for 2 hours.
  • Add the carrots, potatoes and pearl onions; stir. Bake, covered, for an additional hour or until ribs are tender.


A good-quality ale imparts a strong flavor with bitter undertones. You can substitute regular beer if the strong flavor is not to your liking. If you don’t want any bitterness, substitute beef stock for the ale/beer.


Serving: 2ribs | Calories: 829kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 2232mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8580IU | Vitamin C: 40.2mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 9.3mg