Old School Beef Short Ribs in A Foil Package

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 35m
Ready In

"'Old School,' because my Mom used to make this. It is super simple; yet, it comes out so good. Now, I guess you could always brown the ribs first; but, she never did; so, I have always gone with her basic method. Super easy and quick to prepare; then, let the oven do all the work. FYI, back in the day; Mom used dry herbs - I like to add fresh. I personally love cheesy polenta or mashed potatoes; but, buttered noodles or rice work too. Add a salad, and done. Let the oven work it's magic!"

Original recipe yields 4-6 servings
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (483.9 g)
  • Calories 945.1
  • Total Fat - 59.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 24.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 196.7 mg
  • Sodium - 1905.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 44.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.8 g
  • Sugars - 27.9 g
  • Protein - 57.4 g
  • Calcium - 143.3 mg
  • Iron - 9.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 84.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

NOTE: You can always make a copy cat Lipton Onion Soup Mix recipe. There are many online which are very good

Step 1

Ribs ... Make sure to set the ribs on the counter to take the chill off.

Step 2

Sauce ... Add everything (except the herbs) to a large bowl and mix. Then, add the ribs; and toss, until they are all coated with the sauce.

Step 3

Foil Packet ... I use heavy duty foil; but, you can also use a double sheet of regular foil. You want a large sheet; probably 24x24 to accommodate all the ribs. Then, add the ribs to the center of the packet; in a single layer if possible. It is ok, if they overlap a bit. Add the onions and celery; then, pour any remaining sauce over the top. And, don't forget to add the fresh herb sprigs.

Step 4

Simply, fold up the packet like a present. Pull all the sides together, and fold the top, to make sure it is sealed well. Then, on to a sheet tray.

Step 5

Bake ... In a 325 degree oven, middle shelf, for 2 1/2-3 hours. My first batch took just 2 1/2 hours, because the ribs were smaller. However, my second batch took just over 3 hours; so, you just need to check them, once they reach just over 2 hours. There is NO exact time. You want them ... falling off the bone tender.

Step 6

Serve and ENJOY! ... Personally, I love creamy cheesy polenta or mashed potatoes. However, rice or buttered noodles would be equally as good. Add the ribs to a serving platter; and, garnish with parsley. Serve a simple green salad on the side. It is simple comfort food.

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