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Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

My easy Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs recipe is melt-in-your-mouth tender and so delicious! With only 15 minutes of prep and simple ingredients, you can set it and forget it while it cooks.

Such a great recipe! You can taste the build of flavors in the meat. It’s not an overpowering punch, but more of a slow progression of flavors, which I feel like makes this dish taste and feel sophisticated.

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BEST SLOW COOKER SHORT RIBS

Beef Shortribs in the crockpot is the ultimate comfort food! They are so juicy and literally melt in your mouth. This is a slow cooker recipe I make again and again for my family, especially as a part of my favorite Sunday dinner ideas. Our other favorite is my slow cooker lasagna. It is so easy to prepare ahead of time for a crowd!

My other top recipe for Sunday supper that is requested again and again is my Crock Pot Pork Roast It just melts in your mouth made with broth, balsamic vinegar for a great boost of flavor, soy sauce, honey and garlic. This crock pot pork dinner goes together in minutes and is made in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.

CROCKPOT SHORT RIBS INGREDIENTS

  • beef chuck short ribs
  • salt approx
  • pepper
  • onion
  • celery
  • carrots
  • vegetable oil
  • garlic crushed
  • red wine
  • balsamic vinegar
  • tomato paste
  • beef broth
  • rosemary
  • bay leaves

HOW TO COOK SHORT RIBS IN A CROCKPOT

    1. Pat beef short ribs dry if necessary.
    2. Finely dice onioncelery ribs, and carrots.
    3. Season all over with salt and pepper. Pat the seasoning into the meat.
    4. Warm half of your vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sear the short ribs on all sides, in two batches so you don’t overcrowd the skillet. Make sure to sear until you have a nice mahogany crust.
  1. Add the onioncelery, and carrots to the skillet along with the remaining oil. Reduce the heat slightly so the vegetables don’t burn.
  2. Cook the vegetables for a couple minutes, then add 1 clove minced garlic. Cook a minute more, then add red wine to deglaze the pan. Scrape up brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  3. As it starts to simmer, add balsamic vinegartomato pastebeef brothrosemary, and bay leaves.
  4. Add the short ribs to the slow cooker.Bring the vegetable mixture to a simmer then pour over the short ribs.
  5. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 6 – 8 hours.
  6. Remove the bay leaves when it is done and discard them.

Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or thick pasta like pappardelle.

HOW TO MAKE SHORT RIB GRAVY

You can serve the braised short ribs in its own drippings (which is absolutely amazing) or make it into a gravy. Homemade gravy is easy, delicious, and adds so much flavor to the dish

  1. When done, remove the short ribs to a platter, tent with foil.
  2. Strain the liquid and remove any large chunks of meat and vegetables.
  3. Add the strained liquids back to the pot, then add 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour and stir to make a gravy. It’s that easy!

CROCK POT SHORT RIBS RECIPE TIPS

    1. I used bone in short ribs for this recipe but boneless also work well.
    2. Make sure to give the short ribs a good amount of seasoning with salt and pepper to intensify the flavor.
    3. Important step: Heating oil in a skillet and searing the ribs on all sides in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan. This step is key to beautiful and flavorful short ribs
    4. You can also use large pieces of carrots and serve them as your side dish.

BEEF SHORT RIBS RECIPE FAQS

What are short ribs?

Tender beef chuck short ribs are one of the best cuts of beef for slow cooking and grilling. They come from the front section of the backbone and are beautifully marbled.

What are the different cuts of short ribs?

There are two cuts: flanken and English-style.
Flanken means “flank” in German, and it refers to ribs located along the back towards the belly of the cow, cut across the bones. They are cut into short ½ inch lengths. Sometimes, a few cross-sections of ribs are left in a strip.
The English-style of short rib is cut between each rib to separate them. This leaves a thick piece of meat sitting on top of the bone. English ribs can be left in one long piece or cut into smaller, 2-inch pieces. Some are bone-in while others are boneless beef short ribs.
They are both immensely juicy and packed with flavor!

Can you substitute boneless beef short ribs for bone-in?

Yes, you can. They are both amazing and both work perfectly in this recipe.

What is marbling on beef?

Marbling refers to the white lines of fat running through a cut of beef. If there is a lot of web-like marbling, you know you are in for a treat!

Do you have to brown short ribs?

My recipe requires searing the meat before adding it to the crock pot in order to build flavor. When you sear them, the outside of the meat caramelizes slightly. This builds a more flavorful dish, as that flavor releases as the beef cooks in the crockpot.
I recommend using a cast-iron skillet to sear your beef.

I made this tonight. It was incredibly delicious. The prep work is worth the effort. I served with a red wine, crusty bread and a side salad.

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Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are a perfect weekday meal or special occasion dinner! Packed with flavor, they take only 15 minutes of prep and are an easy meal to make ahead of time.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
Course: Crock pot Short Ribs, Dinner, Main Course, Short Rib Recipe, Slow Cooker, Slow Cooker Short Ribs
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock pot Short Ribs, Short Rib Recipe, Slow Cooker Short Ribs
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 562kcal
Author: Allfoodrecipes

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • lbs. beef chuck short ribs
  • ¼ tsp. salt approx.
  • ¼ tsp. pepper approx.
  • 1 onion
  • 8 ribs celery or one stalk
  • 3 carrots medium
  • Tbsp. vegetable oil or other flavorless oil
  • 1 clove garlic crushed or 1 tsp. finely diced garlic
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • ½ tsp. rosemary dried
  • 3 bay leaves

Instructions

  • Pat 2½ lbs. beef short ribs dry if necessary. Finely dice 1 onion, 8 celery ribs, and 3 medium carrots.
  • Season all over with salt and pepper. Pat the seasoning into the meat.
  • Warm half of your vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sear the short ribs on all sides, in two batches so you don't overcrowd the skillet. Make sure to sear until you have a nice mahogany crust.
  • Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the skillet along with the remaining oil. Reduce the heat slightly so the vegetables don't burn.
  • Cook the vegetables for a couple minutes, then add 1 clove minced garlic. Cook a minute more, then add ½ cup red wine to deglaze the pan. Scrape up brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • As it starts to simmer, add 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp. tomato paste, ¾ beef broth, ½ tsp. rosemary, and 3 bay leaves.
  • Add the short ribs to the slow cooker.
  • Bring the vegetable mixture to a simmer then pour over the short ribs.
  • Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 6 - 8 hours. Remove the bay leaves when it is done and discard them. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or thick pasta like pappardelle.

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Notes

I used bone in short ribs for this recipe but boneless short ribs also work well.
Make sure to give the short ribs a good amount of seasoning with salt and pepper to intensify the flavor.
Important step: Heating oil in a skillet and searing the ribs on all sides in batches so you don't overcrowd the pan. This step is key to beautiful and flavorful short ribs.
You can also use large pieces of carrots and serve them as your side dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 48g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 1230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3620IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 6.1mg
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