Bourbon and Coke Short Ribs

By Erika on April 12th, 2013 / / 1 Comment

These short ribs have become my go-to recipe for an incredibly flavorful and tender short rib. My husband’s favorite drink is Jack Daniels and Coke which got me thinking that might really make a great braising liquid and boy was I right. I am not a Coke drinker (or any other soda for that matter) but in this recipe it sure does taste good.  Give these Bourbon and Coke Short Ribs a try for your next special dinner!

Yield: serves 4

Bourbon and Coke Short Ribs

Bourbon and Coke Short Ribs


  • 8 short ribs (about 2 1/2-3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup bourbon (or a little more if you’d like!)
  • 1 cup Coke (or any cola)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups beef stock


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. In a heavy oven-proof dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat and sear each side of the short ribs until they a a nice caramelized brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the dutch oven and set aside.
  2. In the same dutch oven (do not clean out), add onions, carrots and celery over medium heat and sauté until tender, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in garlic and sauté another minute. Add bourbon and deglaze pan, making sure to incorporate any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add Coke, bay leaves and beef stock and stir well, cooking until it starts to bubble.
  3. Lay the seared short ribs on top of the vegetables and cover the dutch oven. Place in oven and cook for about 3-4 hours, until the short ribs are very tender and fall off the bone (I do mine in 3 hours and they’re quite tender). If there is a lot of fat on top, use a baster to remove excess fat. If there is too much liquid, place on range over medium-medium high and reduce liquid. When it's reduced, season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potatoes.

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