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 is 5 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

Step by Step Method

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.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


This is the tastiest, easiest recipe for short ribs that I have ever made. I seasoned & placed the ribs, onion & celery in the center of a large sheet of foil. Mixed together all the sauce ingredients and poured it over the ribs. Sealed the package, let it rest. then let it rest and put it in the 325f oven 2 1/2 hours before dinner. The ribs were moist, tender and oh so good at dinner time. No muss no fuss.


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(8 Nov 2018)

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