Jfood modified significantly from a famous chef and through 5-6 changes came up with his favorite amounts and method.
Jfood's Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
This recipe needs planning. Jfood normally serves on a Sunday night. So he marinates the ribs on Friday night and prepares during the day on Saturday. Then around 5PM he starts Sunday dinner and these are ready to go. This recipe should feed 6 with sides.
4-5 pounds beef short ribs, cut into 4” chops (this should give 12-14 pieces)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 cups red wine
½ Cup sugar
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
3 sprigs fresh or heaping Tablespoon dry thyme
3 ounces oil
2 Cups small-diced onion
½ Cup small-diced celery
½ Cup small-diced carrots
6 ounces canned chopped tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
2-4 pounds cremini mushrooms
2 bay leaves
1. Generously season the short ribs with salt and pepper. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the red wine, sugar, garlic, thyme and a pinch of salt. Marinate the short ribs in the wine mixture for 12 hours in the refrigerator.
2. Slice mushrooms and sauté slowly until all of the liquid is evaporated and they just begin to brown. Remove to a separate bowl. This can be done day before and refrigerate.
3. Remove the short ribs from the wine and allow the beef to rest for several minutes and come to room temperature. Reserve marinade.
4. Pour 3 ounces oil into a Dutch oven over high heat.
5. Place the meat in the hot pan. This may take two batches. Stir and turn the meat often, carefully allowing each piece to brown on each side before removing from the pan. When browned (will take several minutes per side), remove the beef from the pan.
6. Add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir constantly and allow the onions to cook until mahogany in color, about 10 minutes; if onions are browning too quickly, reduce to medium heat.
7. Add the short ribs back to the pot along with the reserved wine marinade. Allow the wine to come to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer.
8. After several minutes, add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil
9. Cover the Dutch oven and place in a 275 degree oven for about 4 hours.
10. Refrigerate over night
11. Take the Dutch oven from the fridge and skim off the congealed fat.
12. Place the Dutch oven on the stove and bring the ribs to temperature.
13. Transfer short ribs to a dish and cover.
14. Season the short ribs and braising liquid with salt and pepper to taste.