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Guinness braised short ribs in a cast iron skillet with onion, gravy, celery seed, thyme, and carrots.
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Guinness Braised Short Ribs

These short ribs make with Guinness Draught are so tender and delicious, this will be your new favorite recipe for dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Irish
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 150kcal


  • Cast Iron Skillet or Dutch Oven


  • 8 pieces short rib
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion medium
  • 2 carrots large
  • 1 can Guinness Draught 14.9 ounces
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup tomato soup can substitute juice or sauce
  • 4 sprigs thyme fresh
  • 4 tsp celery seed



  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Add oil to dutch oven and heat until hot. Generously salt and pepper short ribs.
  • Add short ribs to pot and get a good sear on every side. This took about 10 minutes for 8 short ribs. You will be deglazing the pan later, so it's good if bits stick to the pan. You want an amber-brown color.
  • Remove short ribs and place in roasting pan or cast-iron skillet.
  • In the same pan, sauté carrots and onions for 5 to 8 minutes. Add celery seed and give it a stir. Once vegetables are relatively soft, transfer to roasting pan.
  • Deglaze the pan with the Guinness Draught. Add juices to pan along with the beef stock, tomato juice, and thyme.
  • Cover tightly with lid or foil and place in 350° oven for 2 ½ hours.
  • Remove short ribs from pan and transfer to a plate to rest. Strain the liquid and divide in half. Pour half the liquid into a saucepan and reduce over medium/high heat to make a sauce.
  • When ready to serve, simmer the short ribs in the other half of the liquid until tender, about 15 minutes. Spoon the sauce reduction over the ribs.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice.


Don't rush the braising as this dish needs plenty of cooking time. Plan to start it in early afternoon so it's ready in time for dinner.
Don't substitute another type of beer other than stout, and be careful if you don't have Guinness to use a stout that isn't too sweet.


Serving: 2 | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1567mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5295IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg