Throw-Together Short Ribs Recipe
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Throw-Together Short Ribs Recipe

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"This recipe takes no time to prepare and results in the most delicious, fall-off-the-bone short ribs," writes Lamya Asiff of Delburne, Alberta. "The longer you cook them, the better they get!" TIP: "Serve them on a bed of rice," Lamya suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 2 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Add the ribs, tomato and onion. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into cooking juices. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Throw-Together Short Ribs in Quick Cooking July/August 2005, p51

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Best flavor!"

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"I made boneless beef short ribs using this recipe, and it was excellent. I did omit the seasoned salt, as I do not use monosodium glutamate. I will use this recipe again. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013


I am not sure if the stars will show up when I post, but they are not there for me to click on now for some reason. I give this 5 stars because it is so easy and so good. I usually cook it a little longer than it says. And I usually don't add the onion or tomato and it's great that way too. My family really likes this one!"

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"I don't make short ribs very often, but when I do, I will pull out this recipe. Unlike another review, there was lots of flavor. I did add a tablespoon of worchestershire sauce as suggested by someone. I also let it cook for about 8 hours on low. The meat just fell off the bone. Delicious over rice."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Supper yummy, I really liked the fact that this recipe used fresh tomatoes and onions versus ketchup to make the barbecue sauce. This is really my favorite way to make short ribs. The Worcestershire sauce also gave it great flavor. I may add a little more next time. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It's truly an amazing dish."

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