Mmmmmm…..ribs…..mustard…..beer…..slow cooked…..I give you Beer Braised Short Ribs with Mustard. All the yummy stuff in one big pot. The meat & veg is all there, just add some mash of your choice and you’re good to go. Dinner is done.
We are BIG fans of slow cooking in the house – even in summer ? I just love the extra flavour you get from cooking long and slow. If you are like us a love slow cook you’ll love my Mushroom Osso Buco recipe. It also contains instructions for making a “cartouche” (a fancy name for a circle of baking/parchment paper you place on top of your meat and stock to keep things moist during cooking)
Back to the ribs…
Now let’s get in nice and close…
See all those veggies? Carrots, mushrooms, celery all coated in a deep-roasted mustard & beer sauce. So Good.
Gotta say I was pretty pleased with myself when I served this up for dinner. The first time we ate it, I think it was about the second bite when it was quickly decided that this was definitely “blog-worthy”!
Enjoy – I know we did!
Beef short ribs and veg, coated in a deep-roasted mustard and beer sauce. All in one pot!
- 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) beef short ribs - trimmed (see note)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup plain/all purpose flour
- 4 celery stalks/ribs - roughly chopped
- 1 large carrot - roughly chopped
- 300 g button mushrooms - thickly sliced
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 1½ cups (350 ml) light coloured beer (see note)
- 2 cups beef stock
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 160c / 320f
- Cut beef into individual ribs, then coat/dredge in flour
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large flameproof casserole dish/dutch oven over medium high heat
- Fry ribs for about 12 mins, or until well browned all over and adding extra oil if required - you may need to do this in batches - remove to a plate
- Turn heat down to medium
- Add carrots, celery and mushrooms to pot and fry for 3-5 mins stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft
- Add beer and bring to a boil
- Add tomato paste, mustard and thyme, stirring to combine & scrape any flavour from the base of the pot
- Once combined, add back ribs (see note)
- Add stock and bring to a simmer
- Place a circle of baking paper (a cartouche - see my Mushroom Osso Buco & Cartouche Instructions recipe for easy instructions on how to make one) on top of the ribs & liquid in the pot, making sure that the paper has contact with the liquid
- Cover & bake for 2 hrs
- Remove from oven to check beef is cooked, it should be extremely tender (see note) if not, place back in oven for a further ½ hr
- Once cooked to your liking remove ribs from pot & keep warm, simmer sauce on stove over medium heat for 5 mins to thicken
- Serve ribs topped with sauce and a side of mashed potato (see note)
The beer I used in this recipe (and photo) was a lager, but you could use any light coloured beer. I wouldn't use a dark beer such as stout as these have a much different flavour.
When I add the cooked ribs back to pot (and before I add the stock) I try to nestle them INTO the vegetables. Basically so that the ribs are at the very bottom of the pot and are therefore submerged as much as I can get them in the stock. I then pile any remaining vegetables on top of the ribs then pour in the stock. It's much easier to reposition the chopped vegetables before you have too much liquid.
The last thing I will mention is the oven time. I know it's a bit vague, and I usually am much more precise. I have found cooking this recipe myself that the cooking time can depend on a few different factors. Some ribs I have bought have been very meaty with a thick covering on one side of the bone, whereas others the bones have been a bit longer and the covering of meat not quite so thick. Also the fat content/marbling within the meat can vary quite a lot. That being said I try to trim off any obvious excess fat from the surface before I coat them in flour. These factors can make a difference to how long your ribs will take.