Beef ribs with stout and caramelised onion

This is a lovely one-pot set and forget meal that will taste even better then next day. Serve on a cold winter's evening with creamy mash and a lovely glass or two of red.

  • 8 hrs 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Beef ribs with stout and caramelised onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2.5 kilogram racks beef short ribs
  • 2 brown onions (400g), sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 3 carrots (360g), sliced thickly
  • 400 gram canned diced tomatoes
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
  • 1 cup (250ml) stout


Beef ribs with stout and caramelised onion
  • 1
    Heat half the oil in large frying pan; cook ribs, in batches, until browned. Remove from pan.
  • 2
    Heat remaining oil in large frying pan; cook onion, stirring, until soft. Add sugar, vinegar and the water; cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until onion caramelises.
  • 3
    Transfer onion mixture to 4.5-litre (18-cup) slow cooker; stir in carrot, undrained tomatoes, thyme, mustard, stock and stout. Add ribs, turn to coat in sauce mixture. Cook, covered, on low, 8 hours. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Cut ribs into serving-sized pieces; serve with the sauce.


For best results, get the butcher to cut the ribs into individual pieces. They become more tender and fit more easily into the slow cooker. Stout is a strong-flavoured, dark-coloured type of beer originally from Britain. It is made with roasted barley, giving it its characteristic dark colour and bitter-sweet, almost coffee-like, flavour. serving suggestion Serve ribs with steamed rice and a green leafy salad.

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