Braised Short Ribs with Root Beer BBQ Sauce

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Indulge your taste buds with the delectable fusion of tender braised short ribs and a rich Root Beer BBQ Sauce.

This recipe combines the savory goodness of slow-cooked beef with the sweet and tangy flavors of a homemade barbecue sauce featuring the unexpected twist of root beer.


The result?

A melt-in-your-mouth dish that will leave you craving more.



For Braised Short Ribs:

  • 4 lbs beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • Fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs

For Root Beer BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups root beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Season Short Ribs:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Season short ribs with salt and pepper.

Sear Ribs:

In a Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sear ribs until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside.


Saute Aromatics:

In the same pot, sauté onions, carrots, and garlic until softened.

Make Sauce:

Combine root beer BBQ sauce ingredients in a bowl. Pour into the pot.


Braise Short Ribs:

Add short ribs back to the pot, along with beef broth, red wine, thyme, and rosemary. Bring to a simmer.


Cover and transfer to the oven. Bake for 2.5-3 hours until ribs are fork-tender.



Remove herbs, and serve short ribs over mashed potatoes or polenta, drizzled with extra BBQ sauce.

Nutritional Facts:

Note: Nutritional values may vary based on specific ingredients used.

  • Calories: 726kcal
  • Protein: 52g
  • Fat: 50g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 13g
  • Sugar: 1g

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. Can I use a different type of meat for this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute beef short ribs with pork ribs or beef chuck roast for a similar braising experience.

2. Is it necessary to use root beer for the BBQ sauce?

Root beer adds a unique flavor, but you can experiment with other sodas or simply use beef broth for a more traditional taste.


3. Can I make this dish in advance?

Certainly! The flavors develop even more if you make it a day ahead. Reheat gently on the stove before serving.

4. What sides pair well with braised short ribs?

Mashed potatoes, creamy polenta, or roasted vegetables complement the richness of the short ribs.


5. Can I use a slow cooker instead of the oven?

Yes, you can transfer the seared short ribs and sauce to a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours, ensuring the meat is fork-tender.


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