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Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions. Slow cooked short ribs in apple cider with fresh herbs and sweet caramelized onions. If there’s one cozy fall and winter meal you need to be making, it’s these braised short ribs. They’re simple to put together and totally delicious. Serve over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and you’ll have the perfect dinner for a cold night in.

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It’s about this time every year that I lean into making more low and slow dinners, either in the crockpot or braised in the oven.

There’s just something so comforting knowing that dinner is slow cooking all day long. It means a warming meal is sure to be had at the end of the day. And in fall, that’s really all I want. What I love about short ribs is that there’s something so “fancy” about them. But yet they’re actually so simple and easy to prepare.

And when cooked properly, totally delicious!

Of course, these short ribs were inspired by my brother Creighton. He’s a huge fan of pot roast. He’s always asking me to make a recipe similar to what my mom made growing up.

I’m sure at some point I will make a classic pot roast, but I love slow braising short ribs. I knew these would not disappoint anyone.

And trust me, Creighton was very pleased with this dinner. He’s been talking about it ever since I made the recipe, so I’m excited to share it today!

Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions | halffbakedharvest.com

The details

I’ve been really into caramelizing onions lately. I love the added richness in flavor they bring. I also love that caramelizing the onions really takes the bitter bite out of them. Therefore, I knew I wanted them to be a big part of this recipe.

Start by searing the ribs in a nice big cocotte that’s oven safe. When the ribs are browned, pull them out, then add the onions and start to slowly cook them down. I love to add a splash of the apple cider to help the onions cook down a little quicker.

When the onions have reached a light gold color, the rest is simple. Just add the short ribs back to the pot, add lots of apple cider, white wine (or broth), carrots (my favorite part), garlic, and fresh thyme.

Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions | halffbakedharvest.com

Arrange some apple wedges around the meat. Then cook low and slow all day long either in the oven or in the crockpot.

The kitchen will smell incredible as this slow cooks all day, and the outcome is beyond good.

I love the pairing of sweet apple cider and tangy caramelized onions. Something about the combo with beefy short ribs is just so good.

Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions | halffbakedharvest.com

Finish it up

I love to serve this over creamy mashed potatoes, with gravy and onions spooned over top. Then simply add some crusty bread on the side. This really is one of the best, cozy meals there is.

It feels very fancy, and very French too, which is so fun!

I made this exact recipe for Sunday night dinner with the family. It was the perfect dinner to enjoy on our first snowy night of the year. If you need something warm and hearty to serve this fall, this recipe is a go-to.

Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions | halffbakedharvest.com

Looking for other slow cooked fall recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Red Wine Cranberry Braised Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pasta

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Lastly, if you make these Cider Braised Short Ribs, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 434 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

Oven

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
    2. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, then rub with flour to coat. Heat a large oven-safe Dutch Oven over high heat, sear the ribs on both sides. Remove the ribs to a plate, wipe the pot clean of grease.
    3. Add the butter and onions and cook 5 minutes, until softened. Add a 1/2 cup apple cider, season with salt and pepper, and continue cooking another 5-8 minutes, until the cider has evaporated and the onions are lightly golden. Add the thyme, then add the short ribs back to the pot. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups cider, broth or wine, carrots, garlic, and bay leaves. Arrange the apples around the meat. Cover and roast in the oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the short ribs are tender and falling off the bone.
    3. Remove the bay leaves. Serve the ribs over a bed of mashed potatoes. Drizzle with the pan sauce and onions. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker

  • 1. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, then rub with flour to coat. Heat a large Dutch Oven over high heat, sear the ribs on both sides.
    2. To the bowl of your crockpot, add the butter and onions, then place the ribs over the onions. Add thyme, apple cider, broth or wine, carrots, garlic, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. During the last 1-2 hours of cooking, add the apples, arranging them around the meat.
    3. Remove the bay leaves. Serve the ribs over a bed of mashed potatoes. Drizzle with the pan sauce and onions. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this dish for a dinner party last night and it was a huge hit! My husband is already asking to have it again.

  2. 4 stars
    Followed the recipe closely, but ended up roasting in the oven for 4 hours at 325. It was delicious, the sauce is so good! Everyone liked it very much. I served over brown rice. Will definitely make it again. The only changes I would make are to add more carrots and to roast for 3.5 to 4 hours so the meat is tender and falls off the bone.

  3. 2 stars
    I think I must have done something wrong. I used the slow cooker method and after 5 hours the meat was tough and the sauce hadn’t reduced at all. It seemed completely different than the recipe all together. Does anyone have any advice that could point me in the right direction!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this tonight OMG it was absolutely amazing. I used bone in pork chops and added 2 sliced large apples when sautéing the onions. Everyone in our family loved it. Definitely a new family favorite.
    I can’t wait to try another recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    I noticed in your recipe you specify yellow onions but in your images I see shallots. I used 5 large yellow onions and it seemed like way too many for the slow cooker. I ended up cooking them down quite a bit and just threw it in the oven. Very tasty!

  6. 4 stars
    I tried this recipe tonight, the slow cooker version. I wish that the recipe recommended to caramelize the onions in the slow cooker portion as well. I feel that the sauce would’ve been sweeter that way, it came out sort of sour even though I followed the recipe step by step. The short ribs were amazing, but I feel that the sauce would’ve been way better if the onions were caramelized prior to placing them in the crockpot.

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