Bacon-Wrapped Braised Short Ribs with Cheesy Grits

The Best Short Ribs And Grits

Comfort food is always best when it’s cooked to perfection. Our bacon-wrapped braised short ribs served with cheesy grits is the comfort food you need to have on your menu this winter. 

Comfort food is always best when it's cooked to perfection. Our bacon-wrapped braised short ribs served with cheesy grits is the comfort food you need to have on your menu this winter. 

Bacon-Wrapped Braised Short Ribs with Cheesy Grits

Everyone knows the winter months are perfect for comfort foods. You know, those rich, hearty, and gratifying comfort foods that seemed to satisfy like a big warm, soothing hug? And make no mistake here in The Worthey House we are big fans of all things comfort food, like our Bacon-Wrapped Braised Short Ribs with Cheesy Grits. We are giving you total comfort food goodness with this one. 

The Easiest Short Ribs Recipe


Recently, I have been trying to perfect my short rib braising technique and also refining my cheesy grits recipe. There’s nothing like falling off the bone short ribs, and a good pot of cheesy grits is pretty much the embodiment of what good comfort food should represent.  When comfort foods give you all the feels, transporting you back to a time when food made with love was all the medicine you needed to feel safe, warm, and loved. With this recipe, it’s all about preparing food that is in and of itself an expression of a loving gesture, so take your time and enjoy the process.

The Best Braised Short Ribs

Because food made with love, solid techniques, and patience is just better tasting. Facts!

I think I am close perfection on both recipes. These short ribs were braised using red wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a whole heap of onions and garlic. That’s it! Now, these cheesy grits are so ridiculously FLAME! Made them with three kinds of cheese, vegetable broth (chicken bone broth is good too), butter, and half-n-half (heavy cream rocks in this recipe too). They’ll make you smack somebody. You’ll be like, “I am so sorry I put hands on you, but I couldn’t help it, don’t be mad!” These grits are Creamy. Buttery. And insanely extra savory and all kinds of stupid cheesy! This is a meal that soothes your soul. It is one of those meals that is pretty simple buts feels luxurious, like your spoiling yourself. It’s both rustic and somehow decadent at the same time. So good!

The Best Bacon Recipes

The best beef short ribs have lots of meat on the bone and are beautifully marbled with fat. I called my local butcher shop and had these babies special ordered. I asked the butcher cut from the top of the short ribs where the sections are meatier, and the bone is thicker. Larger bones translate into more bone marrow which means a juicer, tenderized, and intensely flavored ribs. I also salted these short ribs the night before and let them sit in the fridge overnight. It’s a great technique but salting them up to an hour beforehand is good too. No worries we’re to have fun, right-o-matic?

The Best Ingredients For Beef Short Ribs

Red wine, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil add magic to this recipe.

The Best Beef Recipes

Make it rain, baby! That’s right let the love rain down on these thick-cut bacon-wrapped beef short ribs, and this story will have the very happiest of endings.

The Best Comfort Food Recipes

Adding a fresh herb like rosemary is never a misstep, rosemary and beef go hand in hand. 

The Best Winter Comfort Foods

Covering the short ribs with lots of sliced onions also goes a long way in adding lots of savory flavors, as the onions cook they will release much-needed liquid to ensure these short ribs come out tender and juicy. I also added three large cloves of chopped garlic, and when is adding lots of garlic ever a bad thing? This is a great recipe for the winter months, and when you add the cheesy grits, now we’re talkin’ square biz.

The Best Tips For Cooking Short Ribs

Protip: Tuck a length of parchment paper over the beef short ribs and along the side, this will help keep the moisture low in the Dutch oven where the magic happens. I learned this little trick from watching the Netflix docu-series Salt, Fat, Acid, Meat. If you didn’t already know, Samin Nosrat is the truth.  Also, pick up the book by the same name, it’s filled with lots of helpful tips and some pretty awesome recipes.

The Best Short Ribs And Grits


How to make Bacon-Wrapped Braised Short Ribs with Cheesy Grits


  • 8 short ribs
  • 8 strips quality thick-cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/3 tablespoon freshly cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 large sweet onions thinly sliced using a mandoline
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced


  • Dutch Oven
  • Mandoline
  • Parchment Paper


  1.  Salt the short ribs and add the freshly cracked black peppercorns
  2. Wrap the short ribs with thick-cut bacon and place them in the Dutch oven, pour the red wine, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil mixture over the short ribs and allow the meat to marinate for forty-five minute to an hour. 
  3. Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  4. Slice one or two large sweet onions, if you want more onions to serve with the meal add the extra onion, using a mandoline. Spread the onions evenly on top of the short ribs.
  5. Mince garlic and toss them onto the sliced onions. 
  6. Tuck a length of parchment paper over the short ribs and along the sides, make sure the parchment paper is laying flat over the meat. 
  7. Place the lid on top of the Dutch oven.
  8. Put the Dutch oven onto the center rack and cook for three and one-half hour (3 1/2).
  9. Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and allow the meat to rest for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  10. Remove the lid and peel away the parchment paper. 
  11. Serve. 

The Best Short Rib Dinner

This is a perfect dinner for a casual dinner party entertaining, recently I hosted my cousin and her beau, and this dinner menu was an absolute hit! 


Thick-Cut Bacon Wrapped Braised Beef Short Ribs 

Brussel Sprouts with Mixed Vegetables 

Three Cheese Creamy Grits {get the recipe here}


Have you tried this combo before? If not, give it a try and come back and let me know! 

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