Recipe: Braised Short Ribs With Gravy (SCD/GAPS) (2024)

Dr. Jill{ 15 comments }

What better dish for a cold, stormy winter’s day than braised short ribs! This is a savory food beyond comfort. One of the more fatty cuts, when it comes from a grassfed animal, the fat is full of beneficial CLA, zinc and magnesium. Humans can’t eat the grass or forage — the cows do it for us and they are able to process the nutrients in the grass so that we may benefit from it without all the toxins and inhibitors common to many plant foods.

Short ribs have a lot of collagenous and gellatinous material. When cooked slowly in water all the molecules that nourish the joints and mucous membranes (especially the intestinal lining) are released. Some people cut away all the connective fibers, thinking it to be fat or gristle. Don’t do that! Eat all the fibers off the bone — get your kids to do the same. Every bit of that gristle is full of glucosamine and chondroitin. People pay a lot of money for pills that supplement these nutrients. Pills are artificially synthesized in a laboratory and much harder to assimilate than when slow cooked and enjoyed in a delicious meal.

Cook the meat the day before you are going to eat it and store over night in a large bowl. The fat will rise to the top and you can skim it off, put it in a jar, refrigerate and use for cooking other things. There will be plenty of fat left in the meat, for your meal.

Braised Short Ribs


  • 2 – 3 pounds of short ribs from a grassfed animal
  • 1 large onion peeled and sliced
  • 3 – 4 stalks celery sliced (organic if possible — this is high on the list of the dirty dozen)
  • 4 – 5 carrots peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • Bay leaf
  • sea salt (where to buy salt)
  • peppercorns (10)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup water


Instructions for the ribs

  1. On top of the stove, heat the dutch oven to medium, melt some tallow or lard and gently brown all side of the short ribs
  2. You may have to do this in sections until all the meat is browned
  3. Hold the meat aside in a large bowl
  4. There should be plenty of fat in the pan — add all the vegetables except the garlic and saute until somewhat soft
  5. At the end, for a minute or two, add the garlic and let it warm up
  6. Add the meat back in on top of the vegetables
  7. Add the beef stock, the water and the bay leaf and any other herbs you may like
  8. Cover the dutch oven and put inside the stove at 325 degrees F for 3 — 4 hours
  9. Remove from oven and eat immediately or refrigerate for the next day

Instructions for the gravy

  1. Remove all the meat from the dutch oven
  2. Put a strainer over a large pot
  3. Pour the gravy into the pot through the strainer
  4. Take about half the vegetables (I usually pick out the pepper corns and the celery and discard them) and put back in the pot
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend the vegetables with the liquid gravy
  6. This will thicken the gravy without using any starches or flours and it tastes great
  7. Put the vegetables that you saved, back into the gravy
  8. You now have a thick and savory gravy with vegetable pieces (you may want to add salt to the gravy or at the table)
  9. When refrigerated, this gravy will gel due to all the collagen and gelatin in the bones and the meat

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Recipe: Braised Short Ribs With Gravy (SCD/GAPS) (2)

  • This looks excellent Jill, as always! Wish I had some short ribs right now.

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    PAMELAFebruary 15, 2012, 12:50 am

    I’ve been wanting to cook short ribs, so your recipe is timely! If one doesn’t have a dutch oven, can one simply use a casserole dish?

    • JillFebruary 15, 2012, 6:17 am

      Hi Pamela,
      These need to be slow cooked in liquid. I would use a stock pot on top of the stove, simmering for about 3 hours instead.

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    VictoriaFebruary 16, 2012, 3:10 am

    Jill, what a great idea to use the veggies to thicken the gravy! YUM! 🙂

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    April @ The 21st Century HousewifeFebruary 16, 2012, 12:56 pm

    I love short ribs, and this recipe sounds absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing it.

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    BeckyFebruary 16, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Wow, these look amazing. I can already smell the aroma! Please link up to Foodie Friday

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    Michelle @ The Willing CookFebruary 17, 2012, 8:26 am

    In our home, we call ribs “bone meat”. It is a favorite, particularly of my 7 year old son. He eats every single bit of fat and gristle that he can possibly chew. I love it because he has severe food allergies and doesn’t always get all this good fat. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at Allergy-Free Wednesdays. I am going to put it on our meal plan very soon. Have a great weekend!

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    City ShareFebruary 17, 2012, 9:34 am

    Yum! We haven’t had short ribs in ages. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them this weekend at the farmers market. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to pin it now.

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    Miz HelenFebruary 17, 2012, 5:25 pm

    We just love Short Ribs and we would just be in heaven with this recipe. They look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Rebecca @ Natural Mothers NetworkFebruary 18, 2012, 8:42 am

    Great recipe Jill! Great to see you on Seasonal Celebration and hope to see you next week!
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    JenFebruary 18, 2012, 4:53 pm

    I need to get one of those dutch ovens; it would make my life a lot easier!!! My mouth is watering…. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Jill!

  • Recipe: Braised Short Ribs With Gravy (SCD/GAPS) (14)

    CarolynOctober 24, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Soooo tasty!! Thank you for an excellent recipe. The ribs were delicious and the gravy was truly outstanding. Serving the next day in order to remove the solidified fat is definitely a must for this fatty cut. Your informative comments are also appreciated. This recipe is a winner.

  • Recipe: Braised Short Ribs With Gravy (SCD/GAPS) (15)

    Wendy MaliakelJanuary 18, 2016, 11:56 am

    I tried this recipe today and the only thing I regret is not taking a picture to post here for you! We scarfed it down too quickly. I am so-so happy to have finally found a way to make grass-fed beef for palatable to my fatty-pork adoring family (me too, but I want to keep a better rotation or we are all going to oink!). Thank you so much for this recipe!

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