Braised Short Ribs over Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

I’m back!!! I’ve officially turned in my entire manuscript for my next cookbook, Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook!! I’ve been working on it since the summer time and it’s finally…almost done. I still have a trip to Pittsburgh in April to finish the final photos for the book. AHHHHHH, I can’t freaking wait to see this all come together! I’m so stupid excited.

Speaking of Pittsburgh, this is the weirdest freaking thing. On Saturday I got an email from United telling me that there had been a change to my flight. I check it out and can’t seem to figure out what is different since the times were exactly the same and that’s what was highlighted in the email. Then I notice that the date has changed. United is sending me home a day early from Pittsburgh. And this is after I already paid $150 to change my flight since weather messed my previous plans up. So I paid $150 to just change the dates of my flight to 4 months later and now they are making me go home earlier? Ummmmm wtf? Can they do that? I haven’t called them yet since I was finishing up my manuscript all weekend, but this just doesn’t make sense to me. I picked those specific dates and paid for those specific dates because I need exactly that many days out there. Not one day less. Has this ever happened to any of you? What.the.fudge.

I’m also facing another issue, guys. My car smells. Like, really bad. I don’t know why. It’s been like this for a couple months now and I keep cleaning it out thinking something fell underneath the seat and rotted, but nothing seems to be working. I even push a car freshener thing in it and it just made it smell like dirty diapers, trying to mask the stink. Ugh. I talked to my morning CrossFit classes about it and each class thinks it’s something different.

  1. My 6am class seems to think a mouse crawled in my car since it’s been so cold and probably died so it’s rotting in my car.
  2. My 7am class seems to think that since it’s been so wet and slushy, that my mats are getting mildew in them and smelling it up.

If it’s a dead mouse, how do I find the bastard? Do I just take it into the shop and pay them to look for something dead? Or do I just have the mats washed and hope for the best? Please help me solve my stank ass issue.

Guess what I learned? Don’t get buzzed on mimosas and shop. I had way too much fun at Inpsyre Boutique. Time to get our Fashion Friday on this week!

Wait, before you go…I have a question. Do you like my Weekly Workouts posts? I’m trying to decide if I want to keep going with them! Let me know!


Braised Short Ribs over Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

  • Yield: 3-4 1x



For the short ribs

  • 5 slices of thick cut bacon
  • 2 pounds beef short ribs (68 short ribs)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 64 ounces of beef broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

For the mashed cauliflower

  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon over medium heat until completely crispy, remove bacon and set aside. Once cool, chop into pieces.
  3. Salt short ribs on all sides then brown the ribs on all sides, about 30 seconds per side. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add onions and shallots to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes then add garlic cloves. Add the red wine, broth, salt and pepper. Scrap down the bottom of the pan then let the pot come to boil.
  5. Once boiling, add the short ribs back to the pot into the liquid so they are completely submerged. Add the thyme and rosemary sprigs into the liquid.
  6. Put lid on the dutch oven and into the oven. Cook until the ribs are falling off the bone, about 2 1/2 -3 hours. Remove the pan from the oven and let rest for 30 minutes with lid still on. **When the ribs have about 45 minutes left, wrap garlic bulb in foil and place in the oven to cook until soft and fragrant.
  7. While the ribs rest in liquid, steam cauliflower.
  8. When cauliflower is fork tender, place in high speed blender (such as a blendtec) and puree until smooth. Squeeze out the softened garlic cloves and add to blender along with butter and salt and pepper. Puree until smooth and combined.
  9. Lasty, add bacon back into the short ribs mixture, mix and serve short ribs over cauliflower. (Feel free to let cool some to remove the fat that renders on top, it’s up to you buttercup!)

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69 thoughts on “Braised Short Ribs over Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower”

  1. This looks absolutely amazing, and congratulations on turning in the manuscript! Ugh, I always have issues with flights – I’m going down to London this week for a day and you wouldn’t believe how much trouble I had to go to in order to convince the website that yes, I really did want to arrive and depart on the same day. So annoying!

  2. I’ve had mice get into my car in winter before. They crawl into the air filter. The manual will have instructions on how to change it, its not too hard. Good luck! And the recipe looks delicious.

  3. love the weekly workout posts! and love to see what shoes and workout clothes you are wearing.

    i had a similar problem with my car, ended up being a hole actually rusted through my car in the trunk and the rain was getting in there and making my whole car smell like mold. gross.

  4. How can they change the day of the flight? That’s not a change that’s a different flight all together.

    Dead mouse. Mildew I think would smell more like a wet towel than the awfulness you are describing.

    I like weekly workouts! I especially like them since I’ve started CrossFit. Always fun to see what others are doing!

  5. If its a mouse, you need to have someone check it asap. If it is still in there (or, what if it had babies in there?!?) it can cause thousands of dollars of damage. It happened to my boss. I would let someone check it out!

  6. LOVE the weekly workouts. It’s cool to see what other gyms are doing and I just like knowing where I stand against other people….that may just be me being weird and competitive, but whatever i like them

  7. Keep the weekly workouts! You have mentioned on Insta that you are trying new classes and I would like to see what those are like!

  8. The flight issue, read the fie print on your tickets it says they can make changes as needed but they should work with you for no charge since they made the change. A TC should clear it all up. as for the other , my guess is that’s its a dead varmint. Happened to me a few years ago, gawd awful smell. Good luck finding it!

  9. You are sooooo refreshing! I am new to the Paleo Diet.. Was forced to due to Health issues…. I LOVE to Cook and thought my Dr had banished me to hell when he told me that I did not really have a choice. Your post always make me smile.. and LOVE your recipes to boot! Thank you for making the change for me a little more pleasant! 🙂

    As far as the Stinky Car issue….. Buy a new one!

    Can not wait to get my hands on your Cookbook! I hope that you kept every bit of your sass in the book!


  10. Mmmm….awesome looking recipe. I’m going to try that this week. Though, I’m licking my chops at the picture but also thinking about dead mice …why does that seem so wrong? Lol. 😉

  11. booooo! (about the car)

    Unfortunately, I’d side with the mouse group. I had the VERY unpleasant experience of finding a mouse carcass in one of my winter coats this year. LAST YEAR, it had been smelling real bad, and I thought maybe I spilled something gross, or my dog got to it…or something. So, I washed it like 10x, air dried it outside. Finally the smell went away so I thought nothing of it.

    Jump to this year, and I felt something in a hidden pocket (hoping it was a big wad of cash or something cool I had misplaced)……..out pops super dried out mouse carcass!! EWWWW

    So I would check best you can for a mouse, in all little crevasses. On the plus side, if you can’t find it, the smell should go away once it fully decomposes :/

  12. Love the weekly workout posts! I like to see other CrossFits training, and yours def has some good workouts and I tried one out one time. I know you didn’t really care about the open last year (even though you did awesome), but good luck this year if you are doing it!

  13. My dad says if you have a leaking heater core in your car it smells awful. My water pump went in my first car and it smelled like dead fish. Maybe have a mechanic check it out. If it’s neither of those, maybe if you just take it to have it detailed and they might have something to get the smell out. Good luck!

  14. I love the Weekly Workouts posts – especially now with the Open underway, would like to see your scores!

    P.S. Perfect timing with this post, I was just looking through your site earlier today for a mashed cauliflower recipe 🙂

  15. I totally had the same car problem!! A mouse actually crawled up from the bottom got stuck and died ;( the only way we found it was to take all the seats out and lift the mats up. Pretty gross! Love the weekly workout posts, definitely continue them!!

  16. Keep the weekly workout posts.. please! I actually came here to read the WW post and was disappointed to see a food recipe (go figure.. it is a food focused blog) ha. I vote keep..

  17. HA! I am having the same issue with my car, I can assure you it is a dead rodent, best of luck finding it. I have been in the hunt for a well now, my solution is throwing a bunch of dryer sheets into the car and leaving the doors open while it is parked in the garage !!!! It will eventually dry up and stop smelling right ?!! If not spring is almost here and I can start driving my summer vehicle

  18. My girlfriend had this problem and I had a car detailing service use an Ozone Odor Removal Treatment. After that treatment the smell was gone! Call a few of your local car detailing service companies to see who can offer that type of service.

  19. This is so crazy, but what you are describing with your car is EXACTLY what I went through a year ago. Nothing helped. I tried air fresheners and cleaners, I finally couldn’t take it anymore. I took my car to the dealership and they literally were dumbfounded, they couldn’t find anything. They too thought maybe a rodent or from the snow and slush. My final stab at it that literally CURED the smell and made it go away forever? I took it to a car wash I go to in Boulder and the detail guy had helped all the families with their cars during the Colorado floods. He suggested doing a thorough cleaning but what really worked wonders was leaving it there for 4-5 hours where he had fans drying it in every which direction. So moral of the story? There may be no real explanation to your stench because I ruled out everything. Just take it somewhere and get it cleaned and dried, it costed me $70 I think and I’ll tell you it was the best $70 I’ve ever spent for my sanity! Let me know if you’d like my guys name, it’s not that far from you!

  20. If it smells musky and perhaps like something dead, it’s probably mice. My car had that problem. My husband took the doors and their thresholds apart, and found some and how they were getting in. The one mouse had a litter in the trunk in the spare tire wheel well. She used the drier sheets as nesting materials! Hubby laid down hardware cloth across air vents, and filled empty spaces with copper scrubbing pads. All rugs and upholstery had to be removed and scrubbed, and the entire interior cleaned. Hopefully, it’s just mold! Good luck!

  21. I had a similar issue with United. They changed my flight from 9am to 5am and I had paid $60 extra to get the more convenient time. I had steam coming out of my ears!! I called them & they changed it for free to a similar flight I think on American Airlines, as I think they have merged. A couple months later they emailed me & changed it back to the original flight. Maybe this happens If you book way in advance; I booked my flight about 5 months in advance.
    Love you, your blog, recipes, attitude, dog & the rest 🙂

  22. I love the workout posts! Keep them coming please! Call the airline and give them heck. They make me nuts with fees and last minute changes. Not right!!!

  23. I LOVE the weekly workouts! They’re my favorite part of your blog! They have inspired me on days where I needed it! Please keep doing them!!!

  24. Back when Continental and United were merging, I had something similar happen flying Continental. Only crazier… They changed the second leg of my departure to the day BEFORE the first leg. Plus, they never emailed me to notify me, and claimed to have called me but I never received a call (even checked my phone records). I didn’t find out about the change until I went to check in online the day I was supposed to leave. When I called to find out what the hell had happened, no one could help me – I even spoke to customer service managers. It was a nightmare. I finally cancelled the whole flight, got a refund, and booked with another airline which ended up being twice as expensive since it was so last minute, but by that point I was so irrate I didn’t even care anymore. I wrote a letter and complained and they sent me a $100 credit towards my next flight. WORST experience ever… I hate United.

  25. My Momma taught moi to braise meat as it seals in the juices and just makes it taste better.. even when putting into crockpot.. I tried and experiment and it did taste different! Braised was better and my husband even noticed the difference!!

  26. I love the workout posts and really hope you’ll continue them! I think its a lot of fun to see what other people are doing in their workouts.

    This recipe looks delicious! Not sure why I haven’t tried mashed cauliflower yet but now I’m determined to try it.

  27. I got an email from United about a week ago stating the my June flight to Belize was pushed back a day later. However, my two girlfriends who booked the same flight got no such email. I was about to call and give them the third degree, but decided to check my reservation on their website. The site showed that the day had not changed, only the time. I called (in a much calmer state) and the rep confirmed that only the time had changed. After seeing your post, I’m wondering if they had a glitch in their system.

  28. I usually don’t comment but please keep your workout posts. I need to lose fat and I really want to gain muscle. And for someone like me, lost and sad, your work out posts mean a lot. Your spirit and body is amazing. Contagious. I am probably old enough to be your mom but in my mind I’m you age. I want to squat and clean when I’m 80! God bless you. And congrats on your engagement. I have been with my husband since we were 17. I can’t imagine life without him

    1. Omg, you’re amazing!! I will absolutely keep up my posts. I wasn’t sure because people don’t comment much but I’m glad to hear it makes a difference in someone’s life in some small way!! Don’t be lost and sad, I’ll keep trying to bring some sort of light to your life!

  29. Pittsburgh!! That’s where I live!!! Will you be doing any book signings or meet & greets? It’d be cool to meet you! (Sorry if this makes me sound like a total weird-o groupie!)

    1. not during this trip, gotta finish up my book first. but once my third book comes out, i’ll definitely be coming out to pittsburgh for signings (especially since bill and hayley who are doing my photos live there!)

  30. Juli,
    I am making this on Saturday night for 4 people and am worried about it not making enough for all of us. (My husband and my friend’s husband LOVE their meat, so I am worried we won’t have enough.) Should I double the recipe or just double the meat or just add another pound of short ribs? Also, do you think if I double it, should i cook it any longer? Thanks so much!! I cannot wait to try it!!!

    1. I would definitely double it all. And maybe even make your short ribs in a crockpot for about 8 hours on low to make your life easier (that’s just an idea). And you will probably have to cook it longer but maybe not double the time, just keep an eye on the ribs and remove them once they are falling off the bone

  31. Hi Juli, this looks so good, do you have any ideas for making it Whole30 friendly? I have not been able to find bacon with no sugar, and wine is off limits for now.

  32. BTW, I would agree with those who are recommending you get your car detailed. It’s like getting a new car. Do it, you will be so glad you did.

    My husband once spilled most of the water from a can of tuna in the back of our mini van. Ge-ross.

  33. I made the short ribs for dinner tonight and they were AWESOME!! My husband is not a fan of mashed cauliflower so we paired it with mashed potatoes. I’ve got a had of cauliflower in the fridge to try out the mash later this week.

  34. My husband and I tried this recipe last week and it was SO GOOD! This was my first time venturing into mashed cauliflower and I’m so glad I did! I’m finding very quickly that all your recipes are safe bets… I haven’t tried one that I haven’t liked yet 🙂

    1. that’s really up to you. a lot of people still eat/drink raw milks and cheeses on paleo because they can tolerate it. and many, many people do not want to give up alcohol. for me, I don’t follow “rules” because it makes my life more miserable. if you don’t want to use the wine, you can totally leave it out, and as for the butter, you can use ghee or coconut oil. it’s pretty easy to make each meal your own 🙂

  35. I want to make this tomorrow night I just bought some fresh grassfed short ribs and this looks like the perfect mate for it. I don’t have a Dutch oven….can I use a crockpot ?

  36. I saw you in Manhattan Beach at your book signing!! And I’m slowly ticking off the recipes in the book. But I’m reverting back to this recipe for tomorrow!

    I have 2.5 lbs short ribs (no bone) and only a crockpot. Would you say 6-8 hours? Should I still cook the shallot and onions prior to throwing them in the crockpot?

    And I’m happy you’re still doing the weekly workouts. I travel a lot for work, so it’s fun to see what you create on the road!

  37. Should you use bone in or boneless ribs fort his dish, or does it matter? I have 1 lb of bone in and 1 lb of boneless in my freezer. Do you think I could get away with using a lb of each? I’d like to make the recipe this weekend!

    BTW…..I love your blog and all of your recipes!!! I have never made something I haven’t loved! Thanks!!!

  38. This recipe looks PERFECT for the arrival of fall! Question: is it for reals 64 oz of beef broth, or is that a typo? It just seems like a lot to me, but then again, WTF do I know? Looking forward to making the recipe this week!

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