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St. John’s Stout Braised Beef Ribs

St. John’s Stout Braised Beef Ribs. Fall off the bone, slow-cooked, tender, braised beef ribs that make their own gravy.

St. John's Stout Braised Beef Ribs on brown rimmed plate with gravy and mashed potatoes.

St. John’s Stout Braised Beef Ribs with carrots, gravy and mashed potatoes.

I don’t know that there is a better comfort food than slow braised beef ribs with good mashed potatoes. These are a particular favorite of mine, taking inspiration from a great stew I created using a local microbrewery stout beer; St. John’s Stout Stew.

St. John's Stout Stew - made with local root vegetables and Yellowbelly Brewery's St. John's Irish Stout.

St. John’s Stout Stew

I’ve used the same method and flavourful ingredients to create these perfect, tender, rich tasting, slow cooked ribs.  They also create their own gravy as they slowly braise to unparalleled deliciousness.

This will make an amazing weekend meal  to share with family and friends or absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day too. If you prefer to use red wine instead of beer, that is also very delicious. Burgundy or Cabernet Sauvignon work well.

You can use short ribs here but most often I use ribs trimmed from a prime rib roast. I find that when  cooking prime rib roast, the ribs are often wasted when the meat is carved.  Or they are left behind on the plate as people generally concentrate on the succulent rib eye portion of the cut.

Breaking down a rib roast for braised beef ribs

Breaking down a rib roast for braised beef ribs

I prefer to buy the roast whole and then easily separate the ribs from the rib eye portion. This is very easy to do with a sharp knife by following the natural structure of the meat.

The rib eye roast then becomes a great prime rib dinner like our Herb and Garlic Crusted Prime Rib Roast with Burgundy Thyme Gravy. The ribs get frozen to use later.

St. John's Stout Braised Beef Ribs with mashed potatoes

St. John’s Stout Braised Beef Ribs

Thos remaining ribs get used in some of the most fall-apart tender and delicious braised beef ribs you can ever eat (recipe below). The ribs saved from two large roasts can easily feed 4-6 people.

Let’s face it, prime rib ain’t cheap, but I am! We always buy standing prime rib when it’s on sale, always buy a roast that’s larger than we need, and always plan for leftovers, like:

Prime Rib Beer and Bacon Chili

Boeuf au Jus French Dip Sandwich

Prime Rib Beer and Bacon Chili Dogs

Prime Rib Hash for Brunch

And of course you can always turn leftover prime rib or any roast beef into a terrific

Simple Beef Barley and Tomato Soup

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St. John's Stout Braised Beef Ribs on brown rimmed plate with gravy and mashed potatoes.
Yield: 6 servings

St. John's Stout Braised Beef Ribs

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

St. John's Stout Braised Beef Ribs - Fall off the bone,slow-cooked tender braised beef ribs that make their own gravy.


  • 4 lbs beef ribs
  • 12 ounces Stout Beer, or other quality beer or red wine
  • 4 cups beef stock., If not using homemade, choose a good quality brand, low sodium stock
  • 4 slices bacon, crisp cooked & crumbled
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 whole nutmeg grated
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 4 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, optional


  1. Cut into individual ribs. Season the ribs with salt and pepper then dredge them in plain flour before browning them in some canola oil in a large frying pan. Work in small batches so as not to crowd the pan. This will make browning the ribs easier.
  2. Transfer the browned beef ribs to a large covered roasting pan, I use a large enamel covered turkey roaster. To the roasting pan add the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT the mushrooms.
  3. Place the covered roaster in a 300 degree F oven for about 4 hours or until the meat easily pulls away from the bone. In the last 1/2 hour of cooking time you can add the mushrooms.
  4. Once fully cooked remove the ribs from the roasting pan and skim the fat from the gravy/jus. I find that a gravy strainer (fat separator) works very well for this. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 511Saturated Fat 11gCholesterol 139mgSodium 560mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 48g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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