elk short ribs

Beer-Braised BBQ Elk Short Ribs

Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Method: Braising

Don’t let the long-ish name of this recipe fool you, it’s actually super easy to make. And a great one for the upcoming holiday weekend – which we can all use even if it means hanging around our own backyard again. And while many people will turn to their grills to celebrate, these Beer-Braised BBQ Elk Short Ribs by Primal Pioneer will simmer slowly in your oven for several hours while you just chill in the sun. Plus, it’s got beer in the recipe, which aside from being celebratory, makes the short ribs so tender, they will practically fall off the bone and into your mouth.

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Recipe & Photography by Primal Pioneer.

Recipe: Beer-Braised BBQ Elk Short Ribs



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Brush both sides of each rib with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a dutch oven over medium-high heat, then sear both sides of the ribs to a deep brown. You may need to work in batches until they’re all browned.
  4. Add the diced onion and mixed garlic to the dutch oven with the seared ribs and stir just a bit to let the onions and garlic sauté until fragrant and softened.
  5. Add the stout beer, cover, and place into the oven on a low rack and let cook for 2.5-3 hours or until the meat is tender and easily pulls away from the bone.
  6. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Remove the ribs from the dutch oven and place onto a platter or baking sheet. Sauce the ribs with BBQ sauce and serve immediately.

Options and Alternatives:

  • Any beer will work for the recipe.
  • Use your BBQ sauce of choice or make your own. Here’s a great BBQ sauce recipe if you’re feeling up for it!

About Primal Pioneer: Primal Pioneer is about reconnecting with their primal roots and respecting our lands, resources, and natural inhabitants. They support humane conservation and preservation of wildlife. Their goal is to help elevate wild game meats with new and exciting recipes that are both easy to prepare and delicious. View their original recipe post for Beer-Braised BBQ Short Ribs here.

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