Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs

A delicious warming slow cooked dish that used beef short ribs - a similar flavour to oxtail. The meat is combined with mustard, smoked paprika, root vegetables, canned tomatoes and stock. Great for the cold evenings.

prep time
6 mins

cook time
3 hours 30 minutes

6 people


  • 1.8kg/4lb beef short ribs (Jacob's Ladder), cut in half widthways or oxtail pieces
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 50g/2oz dark brown sugar
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 10ml/2tsp mustard powder
  • 5ml/1tsp smoked paprika
  • 45ml/3tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 30ml/2tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced and rinsed
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 850ml/1½pint good, hot beef stock
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes with herbs


  1. In a small bowl mix the seasoning, sugar, garlic, mustard, paprika and Worcestershire sauce together.
  2. Place the ribs or oxtail pieces in a shallow tray and coat with the spice mixture on both sides. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour, or overnight if time allows.
  3. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and brown the ribs or oxtail pieces in batches. Transfer to a 3.4L/6pint heatproof casserole dish with the marinade juices. Add the leeks, parsnips and bay leaves to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes then transfer to the casserole dish.
  4. Add the stock and tomatoes and, bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, cover and cook in the oven for 3-3½ hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the bay leaves, skim off any oil and serve with creamy mash and roasted vegetables.

If you'd like to try it in a slow-cooker, we've worked it all out for you: Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs (Slow Cooker Version)


This recipe works well with oxtail pieces too.