These Caramelized Slow Roast Asian Beef Short Rib will make your house smell amazing! So tender and tasty – a great weekend dinner!  Scroll down for our video of the recipe!Close up of Caramelized Slow Roast Asian Beef Short Ribs on a bed of rice and tomato sauce

This recipe was sponsored by Essential Cuisine stock – Tastes just like homemade.

After cooking two turkeys already this month, and knowing we’re going to be having at least a week of turkey leftovers after the big day, I thought it would be a good idea to get some red meat in there.

Slow cooked…



..chunks of beef short rib to be precise. What’s not to love about all of those words!

Overhead Photo of a Bowl with Rice and Caramelized Slow Roast Asian Beef Short Ribs

Our local butcher always supplies the most humongous short ribs – each rib could easily feed two people (not that I’m willing to share of course). Chris was drooling before I even started cooking them!!

The short ribs are lightly seasoned before being browned, then brushed with a spicy glaze and cooked in the oven in a pan of simmering spicy tomatoes and beef stock.

Caramelized Slow Roast Asian Beef Short Ribs in a cast iron pan

So delicious you could stop at that point and serve them, but I like to brush with more glaze and some soft brown sugar, before placing back in the oven to caramelize perfectly.

Check out the video here below.

It’s a comforting, luxurious dish, which in my opinion, calls for a luxurious stock. I used Essential Cuisine liquid stock, which honestly and truly (I know they sponsored this post, but I can write whatever I like) is the best shop-bought stock I’ve ever tasted.

They first sent me some of their powdered stock last year (I made this leftover turkey risotto – one of our early videos!), and couldn’t believe how much proper meaty flavour could come from a powder. I used all of the pots they sent me (beef, chicken, turkey and savoury/vegetable) in ultra quick time and then went to buy more. Currently they’re available in delis/farmshops, Lakeland and Booths (I’m hoping they’ll start stocking them in regular supermarkets soon, so I don’t look like a crazy lady, filling my basket up with stock when I spot some in a deli).

Four Different Essential Cuisine Liquid Stocks

The concentrated liquid stock is a new addition to the range, and just as tasty. It’s also gluten free (as is the powdered version).

If you want to make this whole recipe gluten free, just be sure to use gluten free brown sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Can I make it in the Slow cooker?

Yes, cook up to the beginning of step 5, then add the tinned tomatoes, stock, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sauce. Bring to the boil then transfer to the slow cooker. Place the short ribs on top of the sauce. Place the lid on and cook for 6-8 hours on low.
Once cooked, you can serve the short ribs as they are, or you can brush the rest of the glaze on the ribs and sprinkle on the brown sugar, then grill (broil) for a few minutes to get a nice dark glaze on the ribs. Serve with the sauce and sprinkle on chilli flakes and fresh coriander and serve with boiled rice.

The Caramelized Slow Roast Asian Beef Short Rib Recipe:

4.75 from 4 votes

Caramelized Slow Roast Asian Beef Short Rib

These Caramelized Slow Roast Asian Beef Short Ribs will make your house smell amazing! So tender and tasty - a great weekend dinner!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 very hungry people
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian, British


  • 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 meaty beef short ribs
  • 1 large red onion peeled and diced

Spicy Glaze:

  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp water


  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 400 g (14 oz) tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 540 ml (2 1/4 cups) hot beef stock (made from water plus 4 tsp Essential Cuisine Concentrated Beef Stock)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce use a gluten-free version if needed
  • 1 tbsp brown sauce/HP Sauce/A1 Steak sauce use a gluten-free version if needed
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar

Serve With:

  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • small bunch freshly chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • boiled rice
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  • Heat oven to 140C/275F (fan).
  • Heat oil in a large casserole pan on a high heat. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, place in the pan, and then brown on all sides (takes about 6-8 mins). Take the short ribs out of the pan and place on a plate.
    1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 4 meaty beef short ribs
  • Turn the heat down to low, place the diced onion into the pan, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and gently cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly until softened.
    1 large red onion
  • Whilst the onions are cooking, make the glaze by mixing the paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, dark brown sugar, honey, and water in a small bowl. Spread half of it over the short ribs.
    1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp cayenne, 2 tbsp dark brown sugar, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp water
  • Add the garlic to the onions and give a stir. Allow to cook for 30 seconds, then add the tinned tomatoes, stock, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sauce. Bring to the boil and then place the short ribs on top. Place a lid on the pan and place in the oven for 3 hours (check it occasionally. If it starts to look too dry, add in a splash of water).
    3 cloves garlic, 400 g (14 oz) tin of chopped tomatoes, 540 ml (2 1/4 cups) hot beef stock, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp brown sauce/HP Sauce/A1 Steak sauce
  • After three hours, take out of the oven and give everything a little stir.
  • Spread the rest of the glaze on the short ribs, and sprinkle with the light brown sugar. Turn up the oven to 200C/400F (fan), and cook uncovered for 20-30 minutes until the short ribs are dark and sticky looking.
    1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Take out of the oven, sprinkle with chilli flakes and fresh coriander, and serve with boiled rice.
    1 tsp chilli flakes, small bunch freshly chopped coriander, boiled rice



Nutritional Information is per serving, without the serving suggestions of rice, chilli flakes or coriander.


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 841mg | Potassium: 1447mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 12.9mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 7.3mg

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

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  1. JD says:

    Can you make this recipe on a stove top if you leave it on a low simmer for the time? Only have one oven so trying to save space!

  2. Marilyn says:

    Dying to try these but wondering if there is a brown sauce that we can make? We dont have hp sauce or a1. Thank you!

  3. Aileen Gammon says:

    5 stars
    Nicky, your beef short rib recipes are inspiring and simple. I love this joint of beef but was uncertain what to do with it other than hours in the slow cooker. The slow oven option heats the house and produces a lovely flavoursome meal. Thank you for all your inspiring recipes – always clearly presented and set out with possible options/adjustments.

  4. Belinda says:

    5 stars
    Made this exactly as stated and it turned out wonderful. Thankyou for the recipe. First attempt making short ribs, very pleased with results.

  5. Julie Brazier says:

    I asked our butcher for 4 meaty short ribs (had to be ordered specially) and I was handed a parcel weighing 2.35kg. Yes, there are rib bones, and yes there are 4 chunks of meat, but this seems a vast amount! I’m guessing the rest of the ingredients aren’t for this much meat, but maybe I’m wrong? (Each hungry person getting about a pound of cooked beef?!)
    What sort of weight would you expect? And what sort of thickness? These ones are about 4″ thick. I don’t want to mess up this lovely looking (but very large) parcel of beef. Any advice welcome!

  6. Julie Brazier says:

    I’d love to know what short ribs should look like / weigh. I asked my butcher for 4 short ribs and he brought out this massive chunk of meat, with 4 little rib bones asking the bottom, that weighed nearly 2.5kg! He cut off first one “rib”, then another, and that took it down to 1.2kg – still a big thick piece of meat.

    Is that what you’d expect? Should I separate my 2 “rib” chunks before cooking? Please advise!
    Thanks, Julie

  7. Bunny Tan says:

    4 stars
    Tried this for dinner today and all the plates were literally licked clean! Obviously a hit. I made a few tweeks to the recipe using what I have in my kitchen. Instead of dark brown sugar, I used only a tbs of coarse granule brown sugar for the browning sauce at the end. I didn’t use cinnamon but mixed spice, and added a large stick of leek to saute with the garlic and onion. Instead of stock, I used beef gravy sauce. And instead of chopped tomatoes I used plummed tomatoes. I ended up with quite a lot of sauce and it was perfect for the pasta. (Had pasta instead of rice.)
    Will definitely keep this recipe for future.

  8. Katy says:

    5 stars
    I had a request for beef ribs for tea from my son, found this recipe online. Just got to say amazing melt in the mouth beef. Will be making this one again.

    1. Chris Corbishley says:

      Thanks Katy, Really glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  9. Simon (@trail_71) says:

    Just eaten this 🙂 was yum although I replaced the beef ribs with brisket, due a supply issue.

    Does beef ribs taste different to brisket?