Braising short ribs in red wine gives them deep, dark color and flavor, and fall-off-the-bone tenderness.
Pour 1/2 cup of the red wine into the pot and cook, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot, until the liquid is reduced to about 2 Tbs., about 1 minute.
Transfer all the ribs (and any juices that have accumulated) back into the pot. Pour 1-3/4 cups water, the beef broth, and the remaining red wine over the ribs and using tongs, arrange the ribs as evenly as possible and no more than two layers deep.
Bring the liquid to a simmer, cover, and put the pot in the oven. Cook, turning the ribs with tongs about every 40 minutes, until they are fork tender, about 2-3/4 hours. (The meat may fall off most of the bones about midway through cooking; this does not mean that the ribs are fully tender.)
Transfer the ribs to a serving platter or dish. Let the sauce and solids sit in the pot for a few minutes to cool and with a shallow spoon, skim off as much of the fat as possible from the surface. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper, and add the vinegar.
Serve the ribs with the sauce spooned over.
Make Ahead Tips
It’s best to braise short ribs a day (or at least several hours) ahead for a couple of reasons. First, this allows you to chill the sauce so it can be defatted thoroughly. Also, the flavors only get better with time. To reheat, arrange the meat snugly in a baking dish, cover with foil, and put in a 350°F oven. Reheat the sauce on the stovetop.
This was terrific. Made them the day before and they easily reheated in the oven the next day. (Put just a bit of beef stock and red wine in the the pan when reheating in the oven.) Served with mashed potatoes, simple roasted carrots and peas. The only sad thing was it doesn't end up having much sauce. Might add more liquid next time to increase the sauce.
OMG, these ribs are mouth-wateringly delicious! Served with braised carrots and mashies to a group of eight picky eaters who all went back for seconds. It takes some time but well worth it. Note that the cook time is just a guide -- the first time I made them it took closer to 3.5 hours for them to be fully cooked.
This was super easy to make and delicious. My whole family loved them. I will definately make again soon.
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