Traeger Braised Beef Short Ribs are a tender, delicious, and unexpected way to use that wood-pellet grill to make something truly amazing. This is the ultimate comfort food, and the wood-fired cooking adds a touch of smoke that you just can’t get from cooking in the oven or on the stovetop.
Traeger Braised Beef Short Ribs
These Traeger Braised Beef Short Ribs are fall off the bone tender and bursting with rich and vibrant flavors. Red wine, savory beef broth, and onions complement the hearty beef. Skip dining out and make one incredible dinner at home.
Beef is always welcome in our home. I had some beef short ribs staring at me in the fridge last week, and I just knew with a few ingredients I could make something pretty special that our family would love.
Braised Beef Short Ribs
We piled our ribs onto creamy mashed potatoes, and talk about one instant family favorite. Tender and juicy beef ribs, chopped salad, and mashed potatoes.
How Do You Make Braised Short Ribs?
Don’t skimp on the seasoning
Liberally season your short ribs and sear them on the stovetop in a large Dutch oven. Remove the ribs and set aside, and then brown your onions on a couple of sides and quickly deglaze the pot with red wine and beef broth. Immerse the short ribs, so that as it cooked down it would infuse with flavor, and offer tender ribs.
Leave the onion whole
Instead of dicing up the onion I opted to leave it whole. One of my very favorite things in the world is onion that has been slow roasted with beef, and leaving it whole really helps it stay together so you can get a big bite of it.
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Use an enameled cast iron Dutch oven
I tossed the short ribs right on the grill in our Dutch oven and allowed it to cook low and slow. How long it’ll take depends on a lot of different factors, but you should figure 3-4 hours at the least. You want the meat to be fall-off-the-bone tender, and for the braising liquid to reduce.
Tips for Braising Meat
Let your pan get nice and hot with the oil in it before adding your meat. You’ll get the best results that way, and give it a chance to form that awesome browned crust that gives the dish so much of the flavor.
While your pan or Dutch oven is heating up, liberally season your short ribs. Don’t be shy! Then place your ribs into the hot pan and let it sizzle and develop that deep dark brown crust.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Beef Short Ribs On the Grill
This is going to depend on a lot of different factors, but in most cases, you should plan on the short ribs braising from 3-5 hours.
Keep an eye on things during the last couple of hours and test your ribs for tenderness. Once they are fork tender you can pull them off of the grill.
How To Make Better Beef Short Ribs
Don’t buy the cheap wine
Quality is always essential, so reach for a good bottle of red wine. When you buy good quality wine, you will find the result is exactly what you want.
I am not saying you have to go all out and spend tons of money on wine, buy a mid-grade price and don’t just reach for the cheapest bottle on the shelf just because you are cooking with it. If you wouldn’t drink it, you shouldn’t cook with it, is my rule.
Don’t buy the cheap beef either
Not that short ribs are cheap, they are decidedly not, but if you have the choice between grades pick the best that you can reasonably afford. The end result will thank you.
Patience is a virtue
Not only for life in general but for braising too. You need to let dinner happen when it will. You are on the beef’s time clock, not the other way around. Roasts and slow-cooked meats need to not be rushed or held for too long because they taste the best right off the heat, in most cases.
What If I Don’t Have A Dutch Oven?
If you don’t have a Dutch Oven you can use a pan to sear the meat, and then transfer your short ribs into a sturdy pan that can be used on your grill. A roaster would work really well for this.
What Can I Substitute for Red Wine?
If wine isn’t your thing, that is okay. Just use ½ cup more beef broth, one tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, and 1 cup of water. This mixture can be a good substitute for wine.
The wine does offer tons of flavor to your ribs, but if you don’t want to cook with wine you can use this option. It will change the flavor slightly, but it’ll still be delicious.
What to Serve With Beef Short Ribs
- Smoked Smashed Potatoes
- Root Vegetables
- Potato Salad
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Salads
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Creamy Noodles
You can serve these short ribs with almost any of your favorite side dishes. The ones listed above are what we generally rotate in. If you are a fan of ribs and beef, I think this easy Traeger recipe might be a wonderful fit.
Craving More Rib Recipes?
- Kalbi Beef Short Ribs | Korean flavors in every single bite of these juicy and tender ribs. Pair with rice or veggies and ring that dinner bell.
- Instant Pot Pork Ribs | These pork ribs are cooked in your pressure cooker and slathered with homemade rub and bbq sauce. These pork ribs are finger-licking good.
- Traeger Grilled Baby Back Ribs | My favorite way to make baby back ribs. These are smoked and then grilled on the Traeger, and are 100% worth the time they take.
- 4 pounds beef short ribs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large onion
- 3 cups beef broth
- 3 cups red wine
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- flour (amount varies)
- Start your Traeger grill according to factory instructions. Preheat to 275°.
- Season the meat with the salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Place the Dutch oven onto the stove top over medium-high heat, and let it heat up until the oil is shimmering and hot, but not smoking.
- Carefully place the short ribs inside. Don't crowd the pan. You'll likely need to do this is several batches.
- Brown a few sides of the ribs and remove from the pan once they are done.
- Peel your onion and slice the ends off, and then cut the onion into quarters. Place it in the pan and brown it on the flat sides.
- Place the ribs back into the pan and pour in the beef broth and red wine. Add the thyme to the pan.
- Let the mixture come up to a simmer on the stove, and then carefully transfer, uncovered, to your preheated 275° Traeger grill.
- Cook on the Traeger for 3-5 hours. You want it to be fork tender at the end, and the amount of time that will take depends entirely on your grill and your meat. Once the meat is fork tender, remove the Dutch oven from the grill.
- Remove the meat and onions from the braising liquid and set aside, covered to retain the heat.
- Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Run it through a fat separator, and pour the broth back into the Dutch oven, reserving the fat. Turn the burner onto medium heat. You want the mixture to come up to a simmer while you are cooking the beef fat roux.
- Place the beef fat into a small skillet and turn the heat to medium-low. Let any remaining broth simmer away until it is evaporated. Whisk in an equal amount minus 2 tablespoons of flour and whisk to combine. (If there is 1/3 cup beef fat, scoop out 1/3 cup flour and remove 2 tablespoons from it.) Cook over low to medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 3-4 minutes.
- Whisk your beef fat roux into the simmering broth until combined. Let it simmer until thickened, and remove from heat. If it is too thick, add in some additional water.
- Serve the short ribs and onions on top of a pile of mashed potatoes or buttered noodles, and ladle the gravy on top.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 884 Total Fat: 57g Saturated Fat: 23g Trans Fat: 3g Unsaturated Fat: 33g Cholesterol: 227mg Sodium: 763mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 61g