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Balsamic Braised Short Ribs, you can’t go wrong with short ribs braised in balsamic vinegar cooked until they fall off the bone! This flavor twist added to the braised short rib recipe takes them up several notches. They’re festive enough for celebrations yet easy enough for weeknight dinners.

This recipe is Keto friendly!

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs


These shorts ribs are juicy, tender, full of flavor, and surprisingly easy to make. Short ribs look intimidating and impressive, but they’re very simple to make. There’s a little hands-on time in the beginning, but then the oven does the rest. They cook low and slow until falling off the bone!

Even if I’m making for guests, I like to serve them with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Basic Risotto (which is anything but basic), or Slow Cooker Cheese Grits for a ‘gourmet’ comfort food.

You can easily double this recipe if needed. (Leftovers are terrific as is or on a sandwich.)

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs


(I’ve shared this before, but some people don’t know and won’t click over to my other post.)

Short ribs come from the beef chuck portion of a beef animal. They are the five (5) short ribs from the chuck section that is too small to be used for good steaks. So, in short, short ribs are just that: short ribs.

There are two ways to cut short ribs. The first way is called traditional English-style. The English-style way of cutting beef short ribs has small, 1 bone chunks of delicious chuck meat. These chunks of meat are great for using to braise or make slow cooker short ribs, and look like this:

You can also cut short ribs BBQ-style or flanken-style. The bbq short ribs style cuts the ribs into strips containing 3 bones and the meat between those ribs. This is a beautiful presentation and also perfect for braising or slow cooking.

Cuts for short ribs

Short ribs come from the area between the chuck and rib, they combine characteristics of both cuts. Short ribs get the rich marbling of rib steaks with the deep beefy flavor of chuck roast. They’re an indulgent treat for anyone who loves a hearty beef meal.


  1. I still recommend searing the short ribs on the stovetop before adding them to the slow cooker. Searing adds so much flavor!
  2. Pat the short ribs dry with a paper towel. Season the meat with salt and pepper, this sticks to the meat and flavors the crust.
  3. Make sure when searing to use a very hot pan. If the pan is cool, the meat can stick and tear.
  4. Get your pan hot then add the oil. Once the oil ripples immediately add the meat before the oil begins to smoke.
  5. Sear on all sides, then add it to the slow cooker.
  6. Continue with the seasonings thru step 4 below. Instead of adding the ribs to a Dutch oven, you’ll place the short ribs and sauce in the slow cooker.
  7. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.


Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs, you can't go wrong with short ribs braised in balsamic vinegar cooked until they fall off the bone!
Author: Paula
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 pounds beef short ribs bone-in
  • 1 tablespoon salt more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper more if needed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large shallots halved
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • cup red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • 5 cups beef stock


  • Preheat an oven to 350°F. Generously season the short ribs with salt and pepper.
  • Add the olive oil to a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sear the ribs until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Work in batches if necessary, don't crowd the pan or the ribs will steam instead of sear. After each batch is done, transfer the ribs to a platter.
  • Add the shallots to the pot and sauté for about 3 minutes. You want them to become soft.
  • Turn up the heat to the Dutch oven and add the balsamic vinegar and red wine. Bring to a simmer. Scrape any browned bits from the pan bottom. Stir in the brown sugar and stock. Bring to a boil.
  • Return the ribs to the pot, cover the pot, and transfer to the oven. Cook until the meat is tender, about 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • To serve, skim some of the fat off the top. Good served with mashed potatoes, risotto, grits, or pasta with sauce spooned on top.


Calories: 893kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 2572mg | Potassium: 1942mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 9mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh gosh, I love braised short ribs and this is the way to do it. Excellent recipe.

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