Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs

Annalise, Completely Delicious

Beer braised short ribs are the ultimate comfort food, with tender, pull-apart beef in a rich and flavorful butter sauce, served with buttery mashed potatoes.
30 min Prep Time
2 hr 30 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings: 4 servings

Servings: 4 servings


  • Short Ribs

  • 3 lbs bone-in short ribs (about 8 short ribs)
  • Salt and pepper , as needed for seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter , divided
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • ½ onion
  • 4 oz mushrooms (I prefer to use cremini or baby bella)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup beer (one 12-oz can, preferably lager or pilsner)
  • 1 cup beef broth , plus more as needed
  • 1 sprig rosemary , chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 lbs gold or yellow potatoes , peeled if desired and chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup milk or cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt , plus more for salting the water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


To Make the Short Ribs

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2

Place large oven-proof pot over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Season short ribs generously with salt and pepper and add to the pot.

Step 3

Cook short ribs until browned on at least 2 sides, which can take several minutes. Short ribs are ready to be flipped when they naturally release from the bottom of the pot. If they're still sticking, give them more time. When finished browning, transfer short ribs to a plate and set aside. Drain off any excess fat from the pot.

Step 4

While short ribs are browning, chop the carrot, celery, onion, mushroom and garlic. Use a knife for larger veggies and chunkier sauce. Or use a food processor to chop them smaller.

Step 5

Add remaining tablespoon of butter and reduce temperature to medium-low. Add all veggies and cook until softened and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Step 6

Add tomato paste, beer, beef broth, rosemary and bay leaf and stir until mixed with the vegetables. Add short ribs back to the pot and cover with lid or foil.

Step 7

Cook short ribs for 2 - 2½ hours until meat is tender enough to pull apart with fork and knife, but not so tender that it falls off the bone. Check on it a few times, if short ribs are ever more than halfway out of the liquid, add more beef broth.

To Make The Potatoes

Step 8

During the last 30 minutes of the short rib cook time, prepare the mashed potatoes.

Step 9

Add potatoes to a pot of cold water and season generously with salt. Set over high heat and bring to a boil.

Step 10

Reduce heat slightly and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

Step 11

Add butter and milk or cream to pot along with the drained potatoes and mash until smooth. Add salt and pepper and taste, adding more seasoning as needed.

Step 12

Serve short ribs over mashed potatoes.