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These fork tender root beer glazed short ribs are the perfect meal for a cold winter night. Serve them over mashed potatoes for a dinner that’s sure to earn rave reviews from family and friends!

Root beer glazed short ribs with cooked carrots in a blue iron pot.

In my opinion, short ribs are an underrated cut of meat. They’re relatively inexpensive, packed with flavor, and become meltingly tender after a long trip through the oven. These short ribs are glazed in a unique root beer sauce that adds a complex and unexpected flavor.

The first step to making this recipe is to brown your short ribs. You can use bone-in or boneless short ribs; here I’ve opted to go with the boneless style short ribs. If you use bone-in short ribs, you’ll want to increase the amount of meat the recipe calls for by a pound since the yield is lower on the bone in ribs.

After the short ribs are browned, carrots and onions are added to the pot. Keep in mind that the veggies will cook for an extended period of time, so you can cut them as large (or as small!) as you’d like. You can even add potatoes for a heartier dish.

Root beer glazed short ribs with noodles and carrots in a blue iron pot.

The short ribs are simmered in a combination of beef broth and root beer. You want to look for a high quality root beer to use in this recipe since it’s the major flavor component. Look for a root beer that’s made with real cane sugar instead of corn syrup. Diet root beer will not work here! The ribs cook in a low heat oven for 4 hours until they’re fork tender.

The final step in the process is to skim the fat off the braising liquid, then add a little corn starch to thicken it up. Serve your short ribs over mashed potatoes and get ready for all the compliments that are about to come your way!

Root beer glazed short ribs and cooked carrots over mashed potatoes.

These root beer glazed short ribs are elegant enough for company, yet simple enough to make for a family dinner. If you haven’t tried cooking short ribs before, this is definitely the recipe to get you started!

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Root Beer Glazed Short Ribs

5 from 1 vote
These fork tender root beer glazed short ribs are the perfect meal for a cold winter night. Serve them over mashed potatoes for a dinner that's sure to earn rave reviews from family and friends!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6



  • Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • Season the short ribs with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Add half the short ribs to the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining short ribs.
  • Remove the meat from the pan; place on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Add the carrots and onions to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes or until browned.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Place the meat back into the pan; add the beef broth and root beer and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and bake the short ribs for 4 hours.
  • Remove the short ribs from the pan. Skim the fat off the top of the cooking liquid.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water.
  • Bring the cooking liquid to a simmer on the stove, then whisk in the cornstarch. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has just thickened.
  • Return the short ribs to the pan and coat with sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Calories: 518kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 52gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 496mgPotassium: 1085mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5095IUVitamin C: 1.8mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 5.9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Sara Welch

With 3 kids aged 6 and under, meals can feel like feeding time at the zoo! I’m Sara, a foodie turned mom. I traded in elaborate dinners for simple, yet delicious dishes to please the palates of my growing girls, and I blog about my recipe creations over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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  1. Good evening, here in England we don’t hear very much about Root beer, I have found a supermarket that sells it and they say it is “Bundaberg Root Beer is brewed to a genuine old recipe using real ingredients to deliver the authentic taste of yesteryear. The unique taste comes from the flavours of sarsaparilla root, molasses, liquorice root, and vanilla beans.”

    is this the same as your root beer?

  2. 5 stars
    I have made these several times and are a favorite of family and friends. Easy to make and so darn good. Awesome flavor and the meat is so tender.
    This is my go to recipe.