St. Francis Braised Beef Short Ribs

A delicious and hearty meal that pairs perfectly with St. Francis'  2013 Anthem, Meritage, Sonoma County

Servings: 6

Pair With: St. Francis Anthem, Meritage, Sonoma County

Cuisine: French

Source: St. Francis Executive Chef Bryan Jones


•  4 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 8-ounce portions

• 2 cups St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon

• 1 tablespoon aged sherry vinegar

• 1 tablespoon Worchester sauce

• 5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

• 1 onion, cut in half

• 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 6 pieces each

• 1 rib celery

• 1 tablespoon tomato paste

• 1 cinnamon stick

• 2 strips of orange peel

• 1 tablespoons cocoa powder

• 4 cups beef broth

• 8 sprigs of fresh thyme

• 6 black peppercorns

• 2 tablespoon canola oil



Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a wide stockpot or Dutch oven, sear the short ribs with two tablespoons of canola oil over high heat on stove top. Cook for 8-12 minutes or until both sides are well browned, making sure not to overcrowd.

Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Caramelize vegetables, lower heat to low simmer and add the tomato paste, cinnamon stick, orange peel, peppercorns and fresh thyme. Stir well and add the cocoa powder. Then add wine, sherry vinegar, and Worchester sauce. Reduce liquid by half for about 30 minutes. Add beef broth, bring to a simmer and cover. Remove from stove top and place in oven, cook for three hours or until meat is very tender.

Let cool for about 30 minutes then remove short ribs. Pour sauce into a sauce pan and let sit for a few minutes. Use a ladle to skim the fat and discard vegetables. Reduce the liquid by at least half for about 20 minutes.

Return the short ribs and the reduced sauce to the stockpot or Dutch oven, coating the short ribs well with the sauce. Bake for 10 minutes, until the short ribs are heated through and slightly glazed.

Chef's Notes:

 Serve hot over mashed potatoes.

Recipe Courtesy Of

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

At St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, wine and food blend perfectly to reflect the beauty and charm of Sonoma Valley.