Tomato Jam Braised Short Ribs (Instant Pot edition)

Last night we had the most delicious meal of Short Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, and Beet Greens. However, we were only home for twenty minutes to prepare it all.

“How did you accomplish such a task?”, you might ask. My answer – The All Magic, All Empowering, Time Saving, YOU CAN DO IT Instant Pot.

I had a scheduled Meal Train delivery for a friend that evening, but really needed to have dinner ready when we (the kids and I) and my husband arrived home at 6:30. It was 3:30pm. I had a package of thawed homegrown short ribs in the refrigerator, and little amount of time to prepare them.

Let me just say, served atop a heaping spoonful of mashed garlicky potatoes (or solo – I was licking the spoon), these short ribs were unbelievably scrumptious.

Which brings me to today, sharing the recipe with all of you. This recipe includes a jar of my favorite Tomato Jam via I preserve at least 30 pints of Tomato Jam every summer, and use it all by Spring. It is similar to a ketchup, but not. Kind of like a barbecue sauce, but better. Spiked with fresh squeezed lime and spices like ginger, cinnamon, and clove. This jam is a definite keeper. Marisa’s website is my absolute favorite go-to canning site. I use nearly all of her recipes and techniques in my home canning. I hope you enjoy!


Tomato Jam Braised Short Ribs (Instant Pot Edition)

Short Ribs
Beef Tallow (or your favorite fat)
1 Onion (sliced)
4 Garlic Cloves (minced)
½ cup Red Wine
2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
2½ TBSP Soy Sauce
Tomato Jam
If you are in a pinch, and do not have Tomato Jam, ketchup will do, but I am telling you – it’s worth it.


  1. Pat Ribs dry, and cut into segments between the bone. Season all sides with a generous amount of salt and pepper. (Sourcing local grass fed beef gives your family the best quality meat with the highest nutrition available.)
  2. With your Instant Pot on sauté, melt two tablespoons of tallow, or your favorite cooking fat.
  3. Place short rib segments in tallow, and brown all sides.
  4. Remove Short Ribs, and set aside.
  5. Slice one whole onion and sauté until translucent.
  6. Add short ribs back to Instant Pot with onions, and turn off.
  7. In a small bowl, mix your favorite Red Wine (for this recipe I used a local Dog Run Red, ⅓ cup Tomato Jam (or Ketchup), Worcestershire Sauce, and Soy Sauce.
  8. Pour mixture over short ribs.
  9. Add minced garlic.
  10. Seal Instant Pot and cook short ribs on the “meat” setting for 35 minutes.
  11. When ready to serve the meal, reduce the rest of your pint of Tomato Jam, in a small pan, over medium high heat, until thick and sticky (disregard this section if you do not have Tomato Jam, but it is really really delicious, and you should make some)
  12. Add cooked short ribs and onions to reduced tomato jam, and coat the ribs until each individual piece is slathered in the sticky, sweet, tangy jam.
  13. Serve alone, with crusty bread, atop creamy mashed potatoes, or with your favorite rice. Delicious!

While there is no smell-o-vision, here is a short video clip of the Tomato Jam Braised Short Ribs in action. My mouth is watering.

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