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Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs recipe from

Everyone has their list of favorite ingredients. When seen on any menu this list will draw the diner in and get those taste buds tingling. For me, that list consists of goat cheese, mushrooms, and braised short ribs. Put all three of them together and I might marry the chef on the spot. I have had braised short ribs over polenta and risotto, tucked inside ravioli, stacked on a sandwich, mixed into mac and cheese. Seriously. If I see braised short ribs on the menu there is a 99% chance I will order that item, or convince you to order it and share.

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs recipe from

I started making braised short ribs at home about two years ago. I have tried every recipe in existence. My favorite way to make these has become the slow cooker. Considering my classical French training at Le Cordon Bleu I sometimes feel the slow cooker is the cheater method. When it comes to short ribs, though, you really have to cook these babies for a very long time to get them fall-off-the-bone-melt-in-your-mouth-savory-amazing. This certainly can be accomplished in a dutch oven, and in crunched times, with a pressure cooker, but the slow cooker allows you to leave your dinner unattended while cooking all day long and simultaneously filling your home with the comforting aromas of fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs recipe from

I’ve compiled a list below of the items I most commonly use to flavor my short ribs, but really any aromatics, herbs, spices, and liquid will get the job done. The most important thing is to season the ribs well. Give the short ribs a nice sprinkling of kosher salt, and then add a touch more. I use whatever I have on hand for the liquid from beer to wine to beef stock. Red wine is what I think gives the best flavor, plus you’re morally obligated to finish the bottle with dinner so as not to waste.

Serve these braised short ribs with anything I mentioned above, or your favorite side dishes. Just remember to invite me over for dinner! Leftovers reheat well and can be mixed into just about anything. Braised short ribs quesadilla anyone? How about a braised short ribs pot pie?

What’s on your list of must-have-in-my-mouth-immediately ingredients?

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs
Yield: 4-6

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs


  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 head garlic, slice in half
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 sprigs parsley
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs oregano
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 bottle dry red wine


  1. Roughly chop the onion, carrots and celery. Place in the slow cooker along with the garlic. Add the tomato paste and toss to combine.
  2. Add all the herbs to the slow cooker on top of the vegetables.
  3. Liberally season the short ribs with salt and pepper. Nestle the short ribs into the vegetables and herbs.
  4. Pour about 1/2 bottle of wine over everything in the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.


8 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs”

  1. I’m definitely all over these ribs! We usually just do full racks in our smoker. I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever tried short ribs and now I feel like I’m missing out. I’m intrigued with the slow cooker method! And I love your ideas for the leftovers. I’m drooling……

    • Oh goodness. Immediately go to your nearest “nicer” restaurant and order whatever menu item they have with short ribs! Or, you know, make this recipe. 😉

  2. Slow Cooker is definitely a “cheater” method … but who cares?! There are days even the most talented and well trained folks need a shortcut! Life is too stressful to do without a slow cooker!!

    This recipe tempts me to try short ribs. I’ve always been leery due to the “effort” involved. This simplified approach may get me onto the wagon!


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