Instant Pot Guinness Braised Short Ribs

bowl of finished meal with beer in background

These Instant Pot Guinness Braised Short Ribs are so tender, full of flavor and the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day menu! Made in the Instant Pot, they are hands off and end up SO delicious!

You guysssssss. Not to be crazy over excited or anything but this recipe is absolutely the BEST. Ben said it was definitely in the top 3 recipes of all time that I have made – which is pretty high praise coming from him! 

If you know me and my blog, you know I usually stick to protein like chicken or ground turkey or black beans. This was the very first time that I had ever made short ribs! I was so nervous – but wow, did they exceed my expectations! 

close up of ribs with gravy in bowl

It’s an incredibly simple meal – a classic meat + potatoes dish, yet it tastes so elevated. The ribs taste like they have been marinating/cooking for 8 hours instead of just the 45 minutes it takes! 

Whether you are staying in and making classic Irish food or going out and drinking dyed green beer – I know this will be the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day Menu! 

Why These Short Ribs are Mind Blowingly Good 

First off, let’s just talk about how low-maintenance they are! By making them in the Instant Pot, you basically just let them do their thing in the pressure cooker and then you can do your own thing in the meantime. Like finish those 3 loads of laundry. Oh, that’s just me? Ha! 

shot of guinness beer

The meat is SO tender – you barely even have to use the fork to shred it, as it basically falls apart. It is so juicy and flavorful thanks to the broth/gravy/sauce/goodness that it cooks in. 

The combination of fresh garlic, onion, beef broth and of course, Guinness, makes a gravy so delicious that you’re going to want to drink it straight from the pot. It’s that good. 

grey bowl of finished dish straight on

Ohhhh and if you want to make this a super CLASSIC meal?! You have to add in those roasted garlic mashed potatoes. The short rib gravy on top of the mashed potatoes…oh my word. Pretty sure I want to just dive into my bowl – it’s that mouthwatering! 

Okay enough talk about how delicious this meal is (although I’m sure I could go on..) let’s get into how to make it instead! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Boneless short ribs 
  • Guinness beer 
  • Beef broth 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Garlic + yellow onion 
  • Russet potatoes 
  • Whole milk 
  • Heavy 
  • Cream 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Thyme for garnish 
  • Cornstarch
  • Water

How to Make Instant Pot Guinness Braised Short Ribs 

If possible, salt the short ribs for at least an hour before hand. If not, no worries! Salt before you place them in the Instant Pot – rub in the salt – about 2 tsp worth. It may seem like a lot but you’re going to want that flavor! 

Dice onions into long thin slices and mince garlic finely. Set aside.

Alright, so, in the meantime, place your Instant Pot on the saute function. Let it get hot and then add in about 2 tbsp of avocado oil (or any high heat oil). 

Once it’s hot, add in the short ribs and sear on each side for 1 minute each, using tongs to turn once the minute is up. (I set a timer which helped me!) 

overhead shot of finished meal in bowl

Once they are seared and brown on each side, place them on a plate and set them aside. 

To the pot, add in another dash of oil, and then add in the onions and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and then add in the beef stock to deglaze the pan. Make sure to use a wooden spoon to get the brown bits of flavor off of the bottom of the pot – that’s the good stuff! 

short ribs close up in bowl

To the stock/onion/garlic mixture, add in the Worcestershire sauce. Switch off of the saute function. 

Add the short ribs BACK into the Instant Pot and add in 1 cup of Guinness beer. 

pouring beer into glass

Place the lid on top and then cook on manual high pressure for about 45 minutes and then let let it naturally release for 10-15 minutes. 

Once it’s done, remove the lid. In a small mason jar, mix together cornstarch and water to make a slurry. 

ribs in instant pot

Using tongs, carefully remove the ribs from the Instant Pot and set them on a plate. 

Turn the Saute function BACK on the Instant pot, and add in the cornstarch slurry. Set a timer for 5-7 minutes and consistently whisk the sauce in the Instant Pot until it begins to thicken to more of a gravy consistency. 

mixed up dish on marble board

Once it has thickened, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. 

Pull apart the rib meat with forks (it should come apart very easily since it’s so tender) and then add it back in with the gravy. And you’re ready to eat! 

If desired, serve over roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Curious on how I make those? Read on! 

How to make Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes: 

I would recommend starting the roasted garlic before anything in this recipe. Let it cool and then start the short ribs. Lastly, while the short ribs are cooking – make the mashed potatoes!

Preheat the oven to 450. Slice a full bulb of garlic to expose the tops of the cloves. Place the garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with a dash of olive oil, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and then wrap it up. Place directly in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes. Unwrap and let cool. Set aside.

roasted garlic

Peel and dice about 6 medium size russet potatoes into small pieces. 

Place them in a large pot and cover them with water. Add salt to the water. Let this come to a rolling boil. Once at a rolling boil, reduce down to medium/high heat and let boil for about 7-10 minutes, or until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. 

Drain the potatoes. Place them back in the pot and begin to mash them until they are free of clumps/lumps. Add in melted butter, whole milk, heavy cream and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together until smooth and creamy. Place them on low heat to get them warm. 

bowl of mashed potatoes with butter

Now, carefully squeeze the roasted garlic bulb to remove the cloves. Squeeze them into a bowl and then mash the roasted garlic cloves until it is more of a paste consistency. Mix this into the mashed potatoes. Taste and adjust seasoning again – add more salt or pepper if needed!

When the potatoes are warmed through, serve a generous amount in a bowl and top it with the meat/gravy mixture. Add some fresh thyme on top of desired. 

spoonful of finished short ribs with mashed potatoes

Y’all, this meal is so savory, creamy, full of flavor…the list goes on. Enjoy with a Guinness on the side! 

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

French Onion Soup 

Chicken Souvlaki Pitas 

Roasted Garlic Green Goddess Tacos 

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Instant Pot Guinness Braised Short Ribs

These Instant Pot Guinness Braised Short Ribs are so tender, full of flavor and the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day menu! Made in the Instant Pot, they are hands off and end up SO delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beer braised short ribs, guinness braised short ribs, guinness recipes, roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

Guinness Short Ribs

  • 1.5-2 lbs boneless short ribs
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tsp salt (plus more for extra seasoning if neccessary)
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced into long thin slices
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water to make a slurry
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup whole milk (more if needed)
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp melted salted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bulb of garlic, roasted

Instructions

  1. SEE NOTES FOR COOKING TIMELINE!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 450. Slice a full bulb of garlic to expose the tops of the cloves. Place the garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with a dash of olive oil, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and then wrap it up. Place directly in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes. Unwrap and let cool. Set aside.

  2. Peel and dice the russet potatoes. Place them in a large pot and then put enough water to cover them. Add a dash of salt to the water. Let this pot come to a rolling boil, stirring the potatoes occasionally to make sure they don't stick to the bottom.

  3. Let it boil on medium/high heat for about 7-10 minutes or the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork (fork-tender).

  4. Drain the potatoes and then place them back into the pot. Mash them until they are fully lump free and smooth. Place the oven eye on low and add in the melted butter, whole milk, and heavy cream. Stir until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper - if you like your potatoes extra creamy, add more heavy cream/milk if desired.

  5. Once the garlic is done cooling, carefully squeeze the bulb to remove the roasted cloves into a small bowl. Mash the cloves with a fork into a roasted garlic paste and then add it to the mashed potatoes and stir it in. Keep the mashed potatoes on low heat/warm until you're ready to eat.

Short Ribs

  1. If possible, salt the short ribs for at least an hour before hand. If not, no worries! Salt before you place them in the Instant Pot - rub in about 2 tsp worth of salt.

  2. Dice the yellow onions into long thin slices and finely mince the garlic. Set this aside for now.

  3. Place your Instant Pot on the Saute function. Let it warm up and then add in about 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Once it's hot, add in the short ribs carefully, using tongs, sear EACH side of the ribs for 1 minute. I set a timer which helped!

  4. Once they have been seared on each side, remove them and set them on a plate.

  5. Add in another dash of oil to the Instant Pot nd then add in the onions and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and then add in the beef stock to deglaze the pan. Make sure to use a wooden spoon to get the brown bits of flavor off of the bottom of the pot.

  6. Add in the worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Turn off the Saute function.

  7. Gently add in the short ribs back into the Instant Pot as well as the cup of Guinness beer.

  8. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and cook on manual high pressure for 45 minutes, followed by the natural release of 10-15 minutes.

  9. Once it's done, carefully remove the ribs from the pot and put them back on the plate.

  10. Turn back on the saute function. In a mason jar, quickly mix 2 tbsp of cornstarch and 2 tbsp of water. Shake to mix and then add it to the pot. Whisk continually for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce thickens to more of a gravy texture.

  11. Once thickened, taste and adjust seasoning if neccessary. Serve over the roasted garlic mashed potatoes! Garnish with fresh thyme if desired! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

COOKING TIMELINE: I would recommend starting with roasting the garlic. Once that's done, start the short ribs. While the short ribs are cooking in the Instant Pot, start the mashed potatoes. By the time the short ribs are done, the mashed potatoes should be done! Enjoy! 

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  1. 5 stars
    Couldn’t find ribs so just tried the roasted garlic mashed potatoes and they were delicious! Can’t wait to try the recipe again with the short ribs 🙂

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