Sunday Short Ribs in Cider and Tomatoes

  • Yield: 8 servings


5 to 6large short ribs
2tablespoons salt
1tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2liter cider, preferably pear
-- Extra-virgin olive oil
2large yellow onions, thinly sliced
8small carrots, chopped
6pieces ribs celery, chopped
4whole very large tomatoes, preferably heirlooms, chopped
1 1/3cups chicken stock
12ounces oatmeal stout beer, such as Samuel Smith
3sprigs rosemary
-- Bay leaves
-- soft polenta or mashed potatoes, for serving


  1. Cover the short ribs with salt and pepper and place in a large bowl. Pour in the cider and marinate for 3 hours, covered, in the refrigerator.
  2. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a large oven-proof roasting pan or Dutch oven with a lid and heat over medium-high until the oil begins to shimmer. Add the ribs and brown well on all sides, about 8 minutes, working in batches.
  3. Remove the ribs from the pan, set aside, and wipe out all but a tablespoon or two of the fat. (If using grass-fed beef, there will be much less oil in the pan.) Add the onions and sauté until they begin to soften. Add the carrots, celery, and tomatoes and continue to sauté for several minutes until all are soft.
  4. Preheat the oven to 300F. Add the ribs back to the pan, standing them up on their ends in between the vegetables, and add the stock and beer. The liquid should fill about half the pot, and the ribs should be covered about three-quarters of the way up. If the ribs are very fatty, use less stock and more cider or water.
  5. Add the rosemary sprigs and bay leaves, and bring the pot to a low boil. Cover and place in oven. The ribs will be ready to eat after 4 hours, but will be much better if left to braise for 6 hours.
  6. Strain the sauce and vegetables through a sieve and return the sauce to the roasting pan to reduce by half. Serve the ribs and sauce over a bowl of soft polenta or mashed potatoes.

Reprinted with permission from Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook  © 2011 by Edible Brooklyn, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photographs by Carole Topalian.