Indulge in Rich and Savory Short Ribs with a Hint of Wine

Are you looking for a hearty and delicious dish that is perfect for any occasion? Look no further than this recipe for Short Ribs with Wine and BBQ Sauce. This dish is a flavorful combination of tender beef short ribs, red wine, and a tangy barbecue sauce that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

As a sommelier, I can assure you that the pairing of red wine with this dish is a match made in heaven. The bold flavors of the red wine complement the richness of the beef, while also balancing out the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. This dish is perfect for special occasions, dinner parties or just a cozy night in.

This recipe can be cooked slowly on the stove, in a slow cooker or even sous-vide or pressure cooker. Even novice cooks can master this recipe, as it is easy to prepare with only a few simple steps. So why not give it a try? Your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Short Ribs With Wine and BBQ Sauce
Short Ribs With Wine and BBQ Sauce

Do you love the rich, meaty flavor of beef short ribs? Do you enjoy a glass of full-bodied red wine with your meals? If so, then you will absolutely fall in love with this amazing recipe for Wine and BBQ Short Ribs.

The combination of succulent, slow-cooked beef short ribs with a tangy, smoky BBQ sauce is a match made in heaven. And when you add in the complex flavors of a full-bodied red wine, the result is pure magic. The red wine is used to create a savory wine sauce that perfectly complements the richness of the beef.

But what really sets this recipe apart is the addition of tart cherry to the BBQ sauce. This unexpected twist adds a touch of sweetness and acidity to the dish that takes it to a whole new level.

With just a handful of ingredients including Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and ketchup, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. Simply brown the short ribs in olive oil, sauté some vegetables, add in the wine and beef broth, and let everything simmer away in a slow cooker or Dutch oven until it’s fall-off-the-bone tender.

Trust me when I say that once you try this wine and BBQ short ribs recipe, you’ll never want to go back to plain old braised beef. So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite bottle of red wine and get ready to be blown away by this incredible dish.

Ingredient List

 Fall off the bone perfection!
Fall off the bone perfection!

Here are the ingredients you need to make this delicious short ribs recipe with wine and BBQ sauce:

  • 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs or boneless beef short ribs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup root beer
  • ⅓ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Note that you can use either bone-in or boneless beef short ribs for this recipe, whichever you prefer. The vegetables – onion, carrots, and celery – add flavor and color to the dish. All-purpose flour is used to thicken the sauce. Red wine provides depth of flavor and richness to the dish. Beef broth is an essential ingredient for this recipe, but you can also use chicken broth if preferred. To achieve the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and tangy flavors in our BBQ sauce recipe, we use a combination of ketchup, root beer, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and fresh lemon juice.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect blend of savory and sweet.
The perfect blend of savory and sweet.

Now, comes the exciting part of this recipe – making the wine and BBQ sauce braised short ribs!


  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 4 pounds of beef short ribs with bones
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • ¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice


  1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 300°F.

  2. In a large and heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat.

  3. Season your short ribs with salt and black pepper.

  4. Cook your ribs for around 3 minutes each side, until they are golden brown.

  5. After that remove them and keep them aside.

  6. In the same Dutch oven, add onion, celery and carrot, saute for about 10 minutes or until soft.

  7. Then add flour as well as some salt and black pepper.

  8. Stir it in for a minute until everything has combined properly.

  9. After that, pour in the red wine, water and beef broth – you will get an incredibly smelling wine sauce!

  10. Now, add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard and lemon juice to the mixture.

  11. Stir everything well together and then let it cook for another 5 minutes to bring out all the flavors combined together.

  12. Put your cooked short ribs back in your mixture spreading them evenly throughout your Dutch oven.

  13. Cover it with a lid and transfer it to the preheated oven.

  14. Cook for 3 hours or until the meat has become so tender that it falls off the bone itself.

  15. Remove from the oven, discard any remaining bones and serve.

Tips for Perfect Results:

  • Choose short ribs with bones over boneless beef as they will release flavor into the red wine sauce while cooking.
  • If you do not have a Dutch oven, a slow cooker or a pressure cooker would work well too.
  • Opt for a medium-bodied red wine that complements the flavors of both meat and sauce.
  • Do not remove all of the excess fat from your short ribs as it will help to keep them moist during long cooking times.

So, here we have the complete recipe instructions for you to make delicious Wine and BBQ Sauce Braised Short Ribs. It’s an easy but impressive dish perfect for all occasions – weekend dinner, meal prep as well as inviting guests over. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get your napkins ready!
Get your napkins ready!

Making substitutions and variations to a recipe is a great way to add creativity and make the dish your own. Here are some ideas for modifying this recipe:

– Beef Short Ribs: Instead of using short ribs with bones, you can use boneless beef or back ribs. Pork ribs can also be used if you prefer it.

– Red Wine: This recipe calls for red wine, but white wine can be used as well. If you prefer the wine sauce to be less acidic, try using a medium-bodied wine.

– BBQ Sauce: To add more depth and flavor to the BBQ sauce, consider adding root beer or soy sauce. You can also replace the ketchup in the BBQ sauce with tomato puree for a richer taste.

– Vegetables: The recipe suggests using celery, carrots, and onions for the braising liquid. However, you can also add different vegetables such as baby potatoes or mushrooms. Adding garlic would also work perfectly with this recipe.

– Sous Vide or Pressure Cooker: For a faster cooking process without sacrificing flavor, you can cook your ribs in a sous vide or pressure cooker instead of the oven for 24 hours. Adjust cook time accordingly based on instructions provided.

– Tart Cherry BBQ Sauce: Looking for something not too spicy? You can make a tart cherry BBQ sauce by using 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and 2 cups of tart cherry juice instead of root beer.

Bon Appétit!

Serving and Pairing

 A hearty and satisfying meal.
A hearty and satisfying meal.

Once you’ve cooked the beef short ribs to tender perfection, it’s time to serve up this delicious dish. The rich and savory flavor profile pairs perfectly with a full-bodied red wine, like the one used in the recipe.

To really bring out the robust flavors of the ribs and wine, try serving the dish with some creamy mashed potatoes or with some roasted root vegetables like carrots or parsnips. Not only do these side dishes complement the ribs well, but they also add an extra layer of comfort to this already satisfying meal.

For those who enjoy a bit of freshness to balance out rich flavors, you could also try serving this dish with a crisp green salad tossed in a tangy vinaigrette dressing. The acidity and brightness of the salad will help cut through the fatty richness of the short ribs, leaving your palate refreshed and satisfied.

If you’re in the mood for something more exotic than classic sides, consider serving your braised beef short ribs alongside some grilled asparagus or bok choy. These dishes have an Asian flair that complements the bold flavors of the red wine and Worcestershire sauce.

No matter what sides you choose, one thing’s for sure: you’ll want to pour yourself another glass of that delicious red wine to savor alongside each mouthful of these succulent beef short ribs. Bon appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This BBQ sauce is finger-lickin' good.
This BBQ sauce is finger-lickin’ good.

This short ribs with wine and BBQ sauce recipe is the perfect make-ahead dish for special occasions. You can prepare it a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to cook. After cooking, the flavors intensify and the meat becomes even more tender and juicy.

When storing, allow the beef to cool to room temperature before placing it in an airtight container or wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap. It will keep well in the refrigerator for up to four days.

To reheat, use a microwave or oven-safe dish and cover with foil. Preheat the oven to 300°F (149°C) and heat the beef for about 20 minutes or until warmed through. If you prefer a quicker method, use a stovetop pan or skillet to reheat over medium-low heat until heated through.

This dish also freezes well. Allow the beef to cool completely and store in an airtight container or resealable bag. Freeze for up to three months. To thaw, move the container from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy leftover braised beef short ribs is by making sandwiches! Simply slice leftover ribs thinly and serve on bread rolls with some of the red wine sauce on top. This makes for a delicious lunch or light supper option that is convenient and easy to make.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A mouth-watering aroma fills the kitchen.
A mouth-watering aroma fills the kitchen.

To achieve the perfect results while making the Short Ribs With Wine and BBQ Sauce dish, there are few tips I would like to share. This dish is relatively easy to make but requires time and patience to develop deep flavors.

Firstly, it is important to brown the beef short ribs before any braising begins. This adds richness and extra depth of flavors, elevating the taste to a whole new level. Use a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven and brown the short ribs on all sides in batches for better results.

Secondly, make sure to use good quality red wine that you would also enjoy drinking. Since the red wine is an essential ingredient in making the wine sauce for this recipe, its aroma and taste have a significant impact on the final dish’s taste. A medium-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon pairs excellently with the Short Ribs.

Thirdly, using root beer or tart cherry bbq sauce can create a more unique flavor profile in this classic recipe. Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or even white wine can be added as additional seasonings to achieve desired taste for variations in cooking.

Fourthly, let the dish simmer over low heat slowly for three to four hours to maximize tenderness and richness of flavors. The slow cooking process will help break down the connective tissues and fats of the beef that can be tough and chewy if not cooked properly.

Lastly, it’s best to let the meat rest for at least 15 minutes before serving; as it allows dark juices to reincorporate into meat fibers making each bite tender, juicy and flavorful.

In summary, follow these tips above while cooking your Short ribs with Wine & BBQ Sauce dish carefully, including browning the beef short ribs first before braising, using high-quality red wine like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, experimenting with root beer or tart cherry bbq sauce for a more unique flavor profile, slow cooking for long hours for tenderness and richness of flavors, allowing the meat to rest for several minutes before serving. With these tips, you will achieve the most outstanding result, and your taste buds will thank you!


As we wrap up this recipe article, I wanted to address some frequently asked questions that often come up when preparing these delicious Wine and BBQ Short Ribs. These FAQs cover potential substitutions or variations, cooking methods, and storage options for leftovers. So, without further ado, let’s get started on answering your most pressing questions.

What kind of wine is best for short ribs?

When cooking Easy Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs, it is advisable to use a dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, or Red Zinfandel. For this particular recipe, a delightful blend of Cabernet and Pinot Noir was used, which provided an excellent flavor profile.

What wine goes with BBQ short ribs?

When it comes to pairing wines with beef-short ribs that have been cooked slowly, it is crucial to opt for a medium-bodied red that has moderate tannins, so that the wine doesn’t overshadow the robust flavors of the ribs. Therefore, I would highly recommend Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, and Shiraz wines as they provide an excellent balance to complement the taste of the juicy ribs.

Should I put BBQ sauce on beef ribs?

When preparing marinated ribs for grilling, it is not obligatory to brush them with barbecue sauce during the grilling process. However, if you wish to intensify the barbecue flavor, you may apply a few layers of sauce while grilling. On average, it takes approximately 2-3 hours to cook ribs thoroughly over a temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

Should I boil short ribs before BBQ?

Removing the skin and membrane from the inner ribs can be made easy by boiling them first. If the recipe suggests it, you may want to simmer the ribs for 60 minutes to speed up the process of grilling.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for short ribs with wine and BBQ sauce is truly a winner. With its tender, succulent beef ribs in a rich red wine sauce or zesty BBQ sauce, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser on any occasion. You can impress your guests and family with your culinary skills when you serve them these flavorful and juicy beef ribs.

What makes this dish even more special is that it is versatile enough to serve with many different sides as well as being customizable to meet personal tastes. The recipe allows for plenty of substitutions and variations including using different types of wines or adding root beer or soy sauce for a Korean BBQ style meal. It’s always up to you how to tweak the dish according to your preferences.

Whether you are cooking for friends, family, or simply above average dinner, this recipe is your go-to because it’s also easy to make, which saves you time in the kitchen. All you require are basic ingredients on hand, a slow cooker or Dutch oven, and you are good to go. So what are you waiting for? Give this delicious recipe a try today! Trust me, once you try it; it will become a staple in your housewares.

Short Ribs With Wine and BBQ Sauce

Short Ribs With Wine and BBQ Sauce Recipe

After eating various types of short ribs I decided to create my own recipe that has both a BBQ flavor using a blend of wine and my own BBQ sauce! My wife loved it! I served this with egg noodles and broccoli
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 3022.4 kcal


  • 3 lbs beef short ribs with bones
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup rough cut yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper


  • Using a dutch oven, heat up the olive oil and brown the short ribs add salt and pepper.
  • Remove when browned and place them on a plate.
  • Saute vegetables until slightly brown in the dutch oven with existing oil, add more if necessary.
  • Add the wine, water, ketchup, lemon juice, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, mustard and flour and mix, then add the short ribs and mix again.
  • cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours.
  • Stir once every hour.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 669gCalories: 3022.4kcalCarbohydrates: 38.7gProtein: 100.4gFat: 267.4gSaturated Fat: 110.1gCholesterol: 517.1mgSodium: 999.5mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 27.8g
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