Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Short Ribs


Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


These ribs are an easy alternative to traditionally braised short ribs – you don’t need to pay any attention to them once you get them in the slow cooker.

           Rebekah Beyer                                                                  Sabetha, KS


Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

3 lbs. bone-in beef short ribs

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

1 Tbsp. canola oil

4 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 cup beef broth

4 fresh thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

2 large onions, cut into ½ inch wedges

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

2 cups dry red wine or beef broth

4 tsp. cornstarch

3 Tbsp. cold water

Salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper.  In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Brown ribs in batches on all sides; transfer to a 4 or 5 quart slow cooker.  Add carrots, broth, thyme and bay leaf to ribs.

Add onions to same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 8 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic and tomato paste; cook 1 minute.  Stir in wine.  Bring to a boil; cook 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.  Add to slow cooker.  Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove beef and vegetables; keep warm.  Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan; skim fat.  Discard thyme and bay leaf.  Bring juices to a boil.  Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into pan.  Return to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve ribs and vegetables with gravy.


(Recipe for Slow Cooker Short Ribs was on Taste of Home, Family Time, Feb./Mar.  2014)