Slow-Cooked Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauvignon

Slow-Cooked Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauvignon
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About This Recipe

Greetings, Napa Valley enthusiasts, home chefs, and aficionados of rich, flavorful dishes! I'm Lily, your culinary guide, and I'm elated to introduce you to an exquisite braised beef short ribs recipe that shines with Cabernet Sauvignon's magic touch. This recipe is a testament to the lush landscape of Napa Valley and its treasure trove of ingredients.

It all began on a serene day in Napa Valley, meandering through a verdant vineyard that shimmered under the sun. The air was thick with the promise of ripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, exuding notes of black currant and cherry. It dawned on me to merge this wine's robust character with the succulence of slow cooker short ribs. The result? An unmatched beef short ribs recipe that's drenched in a luxurious red wine sauce, embodying the very essence of wine country.

Now, if you're looking to replicate this red wine braised short ribs delicacy, you're in luck! While you can always trust the traditional oven method, why not try this recipe as short ribs crock pot or beef short ribs slow cooker version? The slow, consistent heat of a crock pot or slow cooker ensures the meat is tantalizingly tender and saturated with flavors. Plus, the convenience factor is undeniable!

Pairing these wine braised short ribs with the right side is crucial. Creamy garlic mashed potatoes or an earthy wild rice pilaf complements the meat's deep flavors. For a touch of lightness, a crisp green salad draped in a red wine vinaigrette contrasts beautifully with the richly braised short ribs.

And as every gourmet meal deserves a sweet closure, a dark chocolate tart enriched with a red wine ganache is the way to go. For a less decadent option, a poached pear doused in spiced red wine syrup highlights Napa Valley's fruity wine nuances.

To recreate this experience authentically, sourcing top-notch ingredients is paramount. The St. Helena Farmers' Market and Oxbow Public Market are gateways to the freshest produce and meats in the region.

No braised short ribs recipe is complete without a stellar Cabernet Sauvignon. Venture to local vineyards like Corison Winery or Pine Ridge Vineyards. Their wines are not just for cooking; they're the ideal companions to sip alongside your dish.

In conclusion, this slow-cooked short rib recipe slow cooker adaptation or traditional style, infused with Cabernet Sauvignon, is more than just a meal—it's a journey through Napa Valley's rich culinary and viticultural heritage. Dive in and relish this unparalleled dining adventure, celebrating the Napa Valley spirit with every bite. Cheers!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is not just a celebrated wine, it's the soul of many classic dishes. Originating from Bordeaux, France, this full-bodied red wine boasts flavors of black currant, cherry, and hints of green bell pepper. Its deep hue and rich tannin structure make it a prime ingredient for cooking, especially in braised dishes. In our recipe, the Cabernet Sauvignon serves a dual purpose – it acts as a tenderizer for the beef short ribs and infuses the dish with layers of complexity and depth. Paired with the natural juices from the beef, this wine creates a sauce that's nothing short of velvety culinary perfection.

How to Properly Sear Beef Short Ribs

  1. Temperature is Key: Before searing, ensure your pot or Dutch oven is hot, but not smoking. A medium-high heat is usually optimal.
  2. Season Generously: Seasoning the ribs with salt and pepper beforehand ensures the flavors are sealed in during the searing process.
  3. Avoid Overcrowding: Sear the ribs in batches to ensure each piece has enough room. Overcrowding can cause the ribs to steam instead of sear.
  4. Golden Brown Finish: Aim for a deep golden brown color on all sides of the ribs. This creates a caramelized crust which enriches the final flavor.


  1. Can I use a different cut of beef? Yes, while beef short ribs are optimal for this dish due to their marbling and flavor, you can substitute with chuck roast or beef brisket. However, cooking times may vary.
  2. What can I use if I don’t have Cabernet Sauvignon? A good alternative would be Merlot or a dry red wine blend. Remember, always cook with a wine you'd enjoy drinking.
  3. Is this dish gluten-free? The ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free. However, always check the labels of store-bought products like beef broth to ensure they don't contain gluten.
  4. How do I store leftovers? Allow the dish to cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat slowly on a low flame for best flavor.
  5. Can I freeze the cooked short ribs? Yes! Once cooled, place the short ribs in a freezer-safe container, ensuring they're submerged in the sauce. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Tips for Success

  1. Fresh Herbs: Using fresh thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves makes a world of difference in terms of flavor. They impart an aromatic quality to the dish which dried herbs can't replicate.
  2. Quality Wine: Since the wine plays such a significant role in this dish, opt for a decent-quality Cabernet Sauvignon. It doesn't have to break the bank, but it should be good enough to drink.
  3. Pair with the Right Sides: The richness of the short ribs pairs wonderfully with creamy mashed potatoes, fluffy polenta, or egg noodles. These sides not only complement the main dish but also help in soaking up the delectable Cabernet Sauvignon sauce.

With these insights, you’re all set to master the art of slow-cooked short ribs in Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy the symphony of flavors and the satisfaction of a dish well-made!

Recipe Overview

Slow-Cooked Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauvignon
Lily Anderson
6 servings
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Ingredients List


  • 6 bone-in beef short ribs (about 4-5 pounds)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Season the short ribs generously with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear the short ribs on all sides until they are browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer the browned short ribs to a plate and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery to the pot. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the Cabernet Sauvignon, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly reduced.
  5. Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves to the pot. Return the short ribs to the pot, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid.
  6. Cover the pot with a lid or aluminum foil and transfer it to the preheated oven. Cook for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the short ribs are tender and easily pull away from the bone.
  7. Carefully remove the short ribs from the pot and set aside. Skim any excess fat from the surface of the sauce and discard the thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves.
  8. Serve the short ribs over mashed potatoes, polenta, or egg noodles, and spoon the rich Cabernet Sauvignon sauce over the top. Pair with a glass of your favorite Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and enjoy this cozy, comforting meal!

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