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Paleo Tomato Braised Short Ribs

Posted Dec 23 2013 1:12am

Since we purchased a quarter cow this year I have been looking for new recipes to cook the cuts I am not used to. I have absolutely loved having a freezer full of grass fed beef and being forced to use cuts of meat I am not used to. Finding recipes is a new past time of mine :)

I decided I really wanted to make the short ribs I had in the freezer. So I pulled out a couple of my favorite Paleo cookbooks and thumbed through them. I came across this awesome recipe in The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking. Paleo tomato braised short ribs sounded pretty darn good to me!


The ingredient list is super simple and most of the items you will already have in your pantry!



  1. Heat bacon grease in a cast iron skillet on high heat.
  2. Sear short ribs about one minute per side, just until they have a good brown on them, place into a large crock pot.
  3. Sprinkle ribs generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Top with dried basil.
  5. Place smashed garlic over ribs.
  6. Pour in two cans of tomato sauce, cover crock pot with a lid and cook on low for 7 hours.
  7. Remove lid and turn crock pot to high for one additional hour of cooking if the sauce seems pretty soupy.

Once you get beef short ribs seared in your cast iron pan place them in your slow cooker and add the seasonings. If you don’t have a cast iron pan I love this one! It is an awesome price and works well for everything from searing meat to cooking bacon.

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After all your meat is seared you can top it with the tomato sauce and smashed garlic. Make sure that you are getting tomato sauce that is either in a glass jar or from a brand that doesn’t use BPA in their can liners. I love the Muir Glen brand for all my tomato needs!

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Normally I would have put an actual picture of my end product but it got served up and consumed too quickly!! It was super yummy and definitely will be going into the good recipe archives. One note of advise is to try and remove any large piece of fat that might be on the ribs. I missed a couple pieces and it made it a little rich. Next time I will be more aware of the amount of fat on the ribs. Good luck!

Do you have any short ribs recipes that you love? Please share if you do :)


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