These Paleo Braised Short Ribs are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth tender! They are extra hearty, savory, and filled with so much flavor. I teamed up with a local grocery store called McKinnon’s Meat Market for this recipe. I love supporting local businesses, and this market had everything I needed for this dinner. Not only do they have high quality meat, but they have so many great gluten free and healthy food products. In addition, the Portsmouth, New Hampshire location is now offering convenient curbside pickup!

Paleo Braised Short ribs in a white bowl with Whole30 mashed cauliflower.

What Are Braised Short Ribs?

Short ribs are a cut of meat from the rib, chuck, plate or brisket areas of a cattle. Short ribs can be boneless or bone in; I used bone in for this recipe. Individually sliced short ribs are known as English cut. Braise means to quickly fry food then slowly cook it while covered. In this case, the short ribs are quickly seared in olive oil then cooked for several hours in a Dutch oven.

Ingredients for Paleo Braised Short Ribs

SHORT RIBS: Short ribs are a high quality cut of beef. When braised, they are extremely tender and flavorful.

OLIVE OIL: Olive oil is a great healthy cooking fat to sear the short ribs in.

CHOPPED ONION: Finely chopped onions add a nice pop of flavor to the short ribs.

MINCED GARLIC: Garlic makes everything better! Moreover, just a tablespoon of minced garlic goes a long way in terms of flavor.

TART CHERRY JUICE: To keep these braised short ribs Whole30 and Paleo, tart cherry juice replaces the traditional red wine. In addition, cherry juice adds the perfect amount of tartness and sweetness.

BEEF BROTH: Beef broth and tart cherry juice combine for the most flavorful gravy.

TOMATO PASTE: Tomato paste helps to thicken the gravy.

ROSEMARY: A little sprig of rosemary adds a ton of fresh flavor!

Homemade gravy is being poured over braised short ribs in a white bowl.

How to Make Paleo Braised Short Ribs

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Add olive oil and short ribs to Dutch oven over medium heat on the stovetop.

Step 2

Cook short ribs for 3 minutes on both sides. Remove from Dutch oven.

Step 3

Next, add in chopped onions and minced garlic. Cook for 3 minutes.

Step 4

Place short ribs back in the Dutch oven. Add in tart cherry juice, beef broth and tomato paste. Bring to a light boil before removing from heat.

Step 5

Then, place a sprig of rosemary in Dutch oven.

Step 6

Place Dutch oven in preheated oven and cook for 2 1/2 hours, or until meat is cooked through and tender.

Step 7

Finally, remove from oven and serve over mashed cauliflower or potatoes.

What to Serve with Braised Short Ribs

These Paleo Braised Short Ribs are filled with bold flavors. For that reason, I suggest pairing them with a subtle side dish. Whole30 Mashed Cauliflower or Mashed Potatoes are both great options!

A white bowl filled with creamy Whole30 mashed cauliflower.

Other Whole30 Dinner Favorites:

Instant Pot Short Ribs

BBQ Grilled Chicken

Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs

Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Tuscan Chicken

A white bowl filled with Paleo Braised Short Ribs on a white backdrop.

Get the Recipe: Paleo Braised Short Ribs

These Paleo Braised Short Ribs are incredibly tender and flavorful! They are melt in your mouth, fall off the bone delicious. The homemade sauce is so hearty and rich. This Whole30 approved dinner is one your whole family will enjoy!
5 from 9 votes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Add olive oil to a large Dutch oven over medium heat on the stovetop. Season short ribs with sea salt and pepper before adding to Dutch oven.
  • Brown for 3 minutes on both sides. Then, remove from Dutch oven.
  • Add in chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Next, add short ribs back to the Dutch oven. Add in cherry juice, beef broth, tomato paste and bring to a light boil. Remove from heat.
  • Carefully place a sprig of rosemary in the Dutch oven before placing in the oven.
  • Then, cook for 2 1/2 hours, or until meat is cooked through and tender.
  • Then, remove from oven. Serve over mashed cauliflower or potatoes if desired. Lastly, pour gravy on top of short ribs.
Calories: 589kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 147mg, Sodium: 1145mg, Potassium: 1380mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 328IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 7mg