Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are every bit as dreamy as they sound. These ribs are super succulent and the pumpkin braising sauce is subtly sweet, rich and creamy. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links for your convenience at no additional cost to you.
It’s October. It’s fall. So naturally, it’s time to cook with pumpkins and make warm, comforting one-pot meals.
Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are a treat not to be missed. And good news, you can make this over the weekend and enjoy it all week long. It only gets better with time.How much do you love it when you arrive at a home, and you’re immediately swept in by alluring, comforting, aromas of food cooking?
I love it.
Making braised short ribs will do that very thing! And if you decide to make this for guests, I think they’ll take in some of this incredible aroma as they step out of their car and head up your walkway. And they’ll be thinking, “I can only hope that’s coming from this house.”
Believe me, I know time is precious, but so is food.
Sure, this recipe takes some thoughtful planning, but after you get it going, it’ll just hang out in the oven for a couple of hours (and perfume your home while it does).
Every good stew begins with onions. Always!
My Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are divine served over, Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta. Pasta or bread would also be lovely — something to soak up every bit of the sauce.
Enjoy every last bite of this most amazingly comforting and delicious Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs dish!
Can’t get enough short ribs? Here are a couple more delicious short rib recipes . . .
- Braised Short Rib Stew with Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta and Swiss Chard
- Braised Short Ribs with Fingerlings, Bacon & Pearl Onions – A Communal Table
- Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs – Kitchen Riffs
- Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs – Spiced
This recipe was originally written and published in 2011, and in 2018 it was updated with new photographs.
Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs are every bit as dreamy as they sound. These ribs are super succulent and the pumpkin braising sauce is subtly sweet, rich and creamy.
- 4 1/4 pounds beef short ribs, bone-in
- olive oil to coat pan
- 4 cups onion, sliced thick (about 1/4-inch)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- 3 cups beef stock
- 1 cup red wine
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place the ribs on a baking sheet and season all sides generously with salt and pepper.
Lightly coat the bottom of an oven-safe pot (approximately 10 to 12-inch diameter), with olive oil. (A Dutch Oven is perfect.) Place the pot over high heat. Add the ribs to the pot once it's very hot, about 4 at a time -- you should hear a sizzling sound, and if you don't, it's not hot enough. Wait until it's very hot and listen for the sizzle! Searing the meat this way seals in the juices, caramelizes the surface, and reduces the overall cooking time. Brown the ribs very well, about three minutes per side. Remove the ribs from pot, place them on a plate, and set aside. Repeat this until all of the ribs are browned.
Add the onions to the pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring every couple of minutes, until they are golden and are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the fresh thyme and cinnamon and cook for another minute or so, until it's very aromatic. Now add the pumpkin and cook until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. The bottom of your pot will become brown, too, and this is okay. In fact, it's great! It is flavor!
Pour in the stock and wine and use a deglazing spatula (a wooden one with a flat edge is best), to scrape the bottom of the pan, working all the wonderful flavor back into the sauce. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and do not cover.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Let the mixture simmer until it has reduced by about 1/3, about 20 minutes.
Return the ribs to the pot and gently stir them into the sauce. Cover the pot and place in the preheated 325 degree oven. Braise until the meat is very tender and easily comes off the bone, about 2 hours. Turn the ribs over halfway through the cooking time.
If the braising liquid is as think as you'd like it to be, then it's ready, otherwise, to thicken the liquid further, remove the lid, place the pot over low heat on the stove, and let it simmer until it's as thick as you'd like.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. (Here's How to Season to Taste.)
Serve with the braising liquid.