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Slow-Cooked Short Ribs Recipe

Slow-Cooked Short Ribs Recipe

Smothered in a mouthwatering barbecue sauce, these meaty ribs are a popular entree wherever I serve them. The recipe is great for a busy cook - after everything is combined, the slow cooker does all the work.—Pam Halfhill, Medina, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 9 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 to 4-1/2 pounds boneless beef short ribs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add ribs in batches and shake to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ribs in butter.
  • 2. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. In the same skillet, combine the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil; pour over ribs.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meat is tender. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked pork: 342 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 899mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Short Ribs

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bateswand User ID: 8157541 214845
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Delicious, the meat was so mouthwatering tender!"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 53430
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Did not care for them when we ate them and then the aftertaste was extremely unpleasant."

PAgrl_at_heart User ID: 7639141 73882
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"Absolutely excellent meal! Made it with beef and pork before, both were excellent. Has anyone made it with chicken before?"

ChefMBH User ID: 7206620 95053
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"My Husband already wants me to make this again - BIG hit!"

MommyTwo User ID: 7158487 77121
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"How was this possible that this was rated 4.5 stars? It was very tart....."

bberletic User ID: 5781599 39567
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"Excellent flavor. My husband was impressed (and that's saying alot for him). I will end up making this alot. Easy to make. I followed the directions exactly. Thank you."

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 27107
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"I love this recipe. I've made it at least 6 times now. It's one of my favorites. I found this recipe in a 2000 T.O.H books. It's a keeper.

Now I would like to make a comment to your April 16, 2011 reviewer "Your Worst Critic".
First it seems like you had a bad day? You used very distasteful verbage. Most critics are mindful on how they phrase things. They critique what they don't like w/o offending people. Stop being imprudent. Most people watch what they eat so that they can have a delicous meal like this once in a while.
Thank you Pam for this recipe."

tiger976 User ID: 5773271 42058
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Made this exactly as written except slow cooked for 7 hours. Meat was very tender (perfect infact) but there was a tangy taste that I didn't care for, maybe too much vinegar. It wasn't bad but I won't make this again."

criskokid User ID: 2910066 30614
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I have made this twice and it was excellent both times. I do feel compelled to mention that this is not a diet recipe. I noticed that it does not have the nutritional information. I did substitute canola oil for the butter. The ribs were done and very tender after 6 hours. There was excess oil floating on top at the end which I soaked up with a paper towel to reduce the calories. The flavor and tenderness of the beef was wonderful and even the calories would not keep me from making this again."

sillysellie33 User ID: 5558680 79662
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"delicious made it twice already"

NavyWife11 User ID: 6114352 23328
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"Everytime i looked through my cookbook to find a recipe i always see this one and it looked so good. I finally made it one night and it was delicious!!! Im not to big on beef so next time i will try it with country style ribs. The only thing i would change is the time for the slow cooker. I had it in for 6 hours on low and it was very tender so i don't recommend cooking it for 9. I will be sure to make this again."

Joebie User ID: 5961180 32305
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"I made this once before, Just awesome!"

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 86012
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"We used beef ribs with bones, and they turned out amazing!"

ajscherer User ID: 4855688 27106
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"My husband is a hunting guide. So coming up with recipes for hungry hunters is a must for me. This recipe made the cut. Wonderfuly tangy and melt in your mouth meat. I made with pork, but I am sure that beef would be awesome also. This will be going in the "Family Cook Book" for sure."

ragsfood User ID: 1034739 27105
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"Melts in your mouth. I'm not one crazy abot ribs but I will eat these!"

rita218 User ID: 1476967 86011
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2008

"I have made this recipe many times, substituting country style pork ribs for the short ribs. It is a family favorite and a crowd pleaser. (the cooking time is less for pork)"

Sprowl User ID: 29186 42057
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"This is one of my most requested company recipes. Very tasty!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.