Watch The Kitchen’s Jeff Mauro Make the Most Tender Short Rib Bourguignon

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3h 50 min

This classic short rib bourguignon is braised in red wine and beef stock, typically flavoured with carrots, onions, garlic and a bouquet garni. Jeff Mauro’s chef’s kiss? A splash of cognac.



Short Rib Bourguignon

Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
oz slab bacon, rind removed, cut into lardons
lbs bone-in English cut beef short ribs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
lb carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally into 2-inch chunks
shallots, peeled and halved, leaving root end intact
Tbsp tomato paste
cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thinly
cups dry red wine
cups beef broth
cup cognac
Bouquet garni (10 parsley stems, 6 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf, tied together with kitchen twine)
Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
lb white button mushrooms, quartered
Tbsp all-purpose flour

Creamy Polenta

cups milk, plus more as needed
cup cornmeal
teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Tbsp unsalted butter


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the lardons and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and the fat has rendered, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Reserve the rendered fat in the Dutch oven.

Step 3

Generously season the short ribs with salt and pepper. In the same Dutch oven, working in batches, brown the short ribs in the remaining bacon fat over high heat, then remove to a plate and set aside. Remove all but 1 Tbsp of fat from the Dutch oven.

Step 4

To the Dutch oven with the reserved fat, add the carrots and shallots. Cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook until slightly darker, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Remove about half of the carrots and shallots, and reserve.

Step 5

To the Dutch oven, add the wine, beef broth, cognac, short ribs and bouquet garni. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, transfer to the oven and cook until the beef is very tender, 2 to 3 hours.

Step 6

Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium-high heat, melt 3 Tbsp of the butter. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Step 7

Bring the Dutch oven from the oven to the stovetop. Remove the bouquet garni, carrots and shallots and discard. Bring the liquid to a simmer.

Step 8

Using a fork, in a small bowl, cream together the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and flour, using your fingers if necessary to mix well. Stir the mixture into the stew. Simmer over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Step 9

Serve the ribs over creamy polenta along with the mushrooms and reserved carrots and shallots. Ladle some of the sauce over the top before serving.

Step 10

For the Creamy Polenta:  In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the milk, then add the cornmeal gradually, whisking constantly. Add salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Step 11

Turn the heat to low, and cook, stirring often, until the polenta is very thick, but is still creamy, 30 to 35 minutes. If the polenta becomes too thick, whisk in additional milk or water, 1 Tbsp at a time, until it is the desired consistency (it should be about the consistency of porridge).

Step 12

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter using a wooden spoon. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately.

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