Braised Short Ribs Recipe with Spicy Tomato Sauce: Let the Kids Cook Monday!

Braised Pork Short Ribs with Tomato Sauce

Serve these tender country style ribs with corn, broccoli, roast potatoes, or other delicious side dishes.
Serve these tender country style ribs with corn, broccoli, roast potatoes, or other delicious side dishes. | Source

Braised Short Ribs Recipe Rating

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Braised Short Ribs

Cooking Short Ribs with Kids: Modifications

Cooking with kids often requires a few modifications to my cooking style. When I make our short ribs recipe, I usually braise the ribs and then add in each of the sauce ingredients directly to the pan. When cooking with small children, the recipe must be modified so that the kids stay away from the hot stove.

This recipe was extremely easy to modify, and actually made the cooking process easier in the long run. I simply had my four year old son add all the sauce ingredients to a large mixing bowl prior to braising the ribs. He was able to work on the counter (far away from any heat source), and I simply refrigerated the completed sauce mix until it was needed. When I was ready to make dinner, I simply braised the pork and then added in the ready-made sauce!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hours 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: Serves four people, 2 ribs each.

Ingredients

  • One 28 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 leaves bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1.5-2 pounds pork (or beef) short ribs
  • 1 medium onion, cut into rings
  • 1/2 cup red cooking wine

Preparing Braised Short Ribs with Spicy Tomato Sauce

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My four year old pours the tomato sauce into a large mixing bowl.Crushing garlic: my four year old required help with this step, because his hands weren't strong enough to crush the garlic.Adding brown sugar to the sauce mixture.Stirring the sauce ingredients.My four year old breaks the onion slices into rings.Adding the onion rings to the tomato sauce mixture.Braising the pork ribs in hot oil. These are boneless country-style ribs, but the bone-in ribs are juicier.Add cooking wine to deglaze the pan. Scrape up the browned bits with a wooden spoon.Add the sauce mixture to the deglazed pan and return the braised short ribs to the mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 1/2 hours (covered).
My four year old pours the tomato sauce into a large mixing bowl.
My four year old pours the tomato sauce into a large mixing bowl. | Source
Crushing garlic: my four year old required help with this step, because his hands weren't strong enough to crush the garlic.
Crushing garlic: my four year old required help with this step, because his hands weren't strong enough to crush the garlic. | Source
Adding brown sugar to the sauce mixture.
Adding brown sugar to the sauce mixture. | Source
Stirring the sauce ingredients.
Stirring the sauce ingredients. | Source
My four year old breaks the onion slices into rings.
My four year old breaks the onion slices into rings. | Source
Adding the onion rings to the tomato sauce mixture.
Adding the onion rings to the tomato sauce mixture. | Source
Braising the pork ribs in hot oil. These are boneless country-style ribs, but the bone-in ribs are juicier.
Braising the pork ribs in hot oil. These are boneless country-style ribs, but the bone-in ribs are juicier. | Source
Add cooking wine to deglaze the pan. Scrape up the browned bits with a wooden spoon.
Add cooking wine to deglaze the pan. Scrape up the browned bits with a wooden spoon. | Source
Add the sauce mixture to the deglazed pan and return the braised short ribs to the mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 1/2 hours (covered).
Add the sauce mixture to the deglazed pan and return the braised short ribs to the mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 1/2 hours (covered). | Source

Spicy Pork Rib Recipe

  1. Add the tomato sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, bay leaves, brown sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic, and thyme to a large mixing bowl. Thoroughly combine the ingredients.
  2. Cut a medium onion into slices, and separate the slices into onion rings. Add the onion rings to the sauce. Refrigerate the sauce if you are not using it immediately.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil (or olive oil) in a large stock pot until it faintly smokes. Braise the pork ribs (or beef ribs) about 2 minutes per side, until brown.
  4. Remove the pork ribs from the pot and set aside. Add 1/2 cup cooking wine to the pot to deglaze the pan (this will remove the brown crusty bits from the bottom of the pan).
  5. Once the pan has been deglazed, add the sauce mixture to the pan and return the short ribs to the pot.
  6. Bring the sauce to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours over low heat.
  7. When the ribs are done, remove them from the sauce and serve with roasted potatoes, broccoli, or your other favorite side dishes!

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This recipe sounds great and I love the adorable photos!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, vespawoolf - we like this dinner because the country ribs are generally inexpensive, and the meat is so tender it falls off the bone. I definitely recommend using bone-in ribs, as the meat will be juicier. The kids LOVE cooking with us, so we're big fans of the Kids Cook Mondays campaign!


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alliemacb 4 years ago from Scotland

Sounds like a great recipe. Hope I can persuade the kids to help me try it out.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

My kids definitely like this one, alliemacb - if your children don't like spicy sauce, you can omit the red pepper flakes to make a milder recipe!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a sweet picture of your child helping out in the kitchen. He's going to be a great chef. This is one recipe that would be of great enjoyment when we have company. thanks for sharing.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, teaches12345! Both of my children love helping out in the kitchen. Nolan helped with this one because I have to start it earlier in the day, and he's only in school for 1/2 day. My kindergartener doesn't get home from school until 4:00pm!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Sounds like a great recipe and you are teaching invaluable lessons to your kids by letting them help you cook. Not only that, but when they grow up and see these hubs...you have memorialized those sweet times spent in the kitchen with them forever. Nice job, mom! Useful and beautiful votes!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

They love cooking, Peggy - they are so cute. When I ask if anyone wants to help with dinner, they run and scoot the dining room chairs into the kitchen and stand at the counter, waiting for their tools!

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