Thursday, April 28, 2022

Bourbon Brown Sugar Braised Beef Short Ribs #recipe @VMBURNS

 VMBURNS: I was intrigued when I ran across a slow cooker recipe on Simply Recipes that included bourbon, brown sugar, and ribs (am I the only one who is hearing Julie Andrews singing, My Favorite Things?). I love, love, love recipes that involve my slow cooker. I've tweaked the recipe a bit for my own tastes. The original recipe recommends serving with cheesy grits. Yes, I live in the South and we love grits more than most northerners. My sister lives in the Midwest and won't eat grits at all (oh the things she is missing, but all the more for me). She serves the short ribs with pasta (to each her own). I haven't tried it, but I'll bet this short ribs would be delicious with mashed potatoes, too. So, I'm just going to include the recipe for the short ribs here. Maybe I'll do a separate post on grits one day and we can have the great grit debate. Never heard of it?  The issue which is dividing our nation (well, the grit eating corner of the nation), is do you add salt or sugar to your grits? That's a loaded question and I'm not ready to declare my allegiance yet. So, we'll save that argument for another day. In the meantime, let's get down to the main course, the short ribs.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 3-4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • large shallot, sliced

  • stalks celery, chopped

  • 3 large carrots, chopped

  • cups beef stock

  • 1/2 cup bourbon

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • cloves garlic

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Combine flour, salt and pepper and mix. Coat ribs well in the mixture.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  3. Brown the short ribs on all sides. Work in batches and don't crowd the pan.

  4. Transfer the short ribs to the slow cooker when they are browned.
  5. Add the shallot, carrots, and celery to the skillet along with a 1/2 cup of water. Scrape up any bits left over from cooking the short ribs, and cook for approximately 5-10 minutes. The vegetables don't need to be fully cooked. Transfer to the slow cooker.

  6. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker (beef broth, bourbon, brown sugar, Worcestershire, garlic, and bay leaf). Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours.
Yep, I served mine with cheese grits and they were delish!



Releasing August 30, 2022

V. M. (Valerie) Burns

In this delectable new cozy mystery series, social media maven Maddy Montgomery’s perfectly ’grammable life has come undone, and she’s #StartingOver in a tiny town with one giant problem—a killer on the loose . . .
When Maddy Montgomery’s groom is a no-show to their livestream wedding, it’s a disaster that no amount of filtering can fix. But a surprise inheritance offers a chance to regroup and rebrand—as long as Maddy is willing to live in her late, great-aunt Octavia’s house in New Bison, Michigan, for a year, running her bakery and caring for a 250-pound English mastiff named Baby.
Maddy doesn’t bake, and her Louboutins aren’t made for walking giant dogs around Lake Michigan, but the locals are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. With help from her aunt’s loyal friends, aka the Baker Street Irregulars, Maddy feels ready to tackle any challenge, including Octavia’s award-winning cake recipes. That is, until New Bison’s mayor is fatally stabbed, and Maddy’s fingerprints are found on the knife . . .
Something strange is going on in New Bison. It seems Aunt Octavia had her suspicions, too. But Maddy’s going to need a whole lot more than a trending hashtag to save her reputation—and her life.


  1. Sounds yummy!

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "TWO PARTS SUGAR, ONE PART MURDER".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Aww. That's so kind. I truly hope you will enjoy the book. ARCs just arrived and I'm getting excited.

  2. That sounds delicious. Beef ribs are so rich and flavorful!

    1. They really are rich and flavorful. I have to say, this is one of my favorites.

  3. That dish looks amazing! I love my crock pot! So excited to read your new book!

    1. It was delicious. I hope you like the recipe and the new series. :-)

  4. I love grits both ways, sugar for breakfast, cheesy for supper.

    1. Ooh, me too. I know sugar on grits is a sin in some camps, but I love it.

  5. Awesome recipe, Valerie. Can't wait to try it!

    1. Great! Drop me a line and let me know how you like them (