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Braised Beef Short Ribs

—Cheryl Martinetto, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced onions
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1-1/2 cups chili sauce
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, brown ribs in oil in batches. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; add onions. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 563 calories, 29g fat (10g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 2379mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 38g protein.

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  • browns19fan
    Jan 18, 2018

    These were very good. I halved the recipe for the two of us and prepared it in my 2-quart slow cooker. I followed the directions except for replacing most of the cider vinegar with extra beef broth. I also added 2 tablespoons of “Minute” tapioca to the other sauce ingredients to thicken the juices (I would use 1/4 cup for a full recipe) and it worked perfectly. I rated it only four stars because I wasn’t crazy about the curry powder, although my husband liked it a lot.I used regular chili sauce, which is in the same area as ketchup at the grocery store. Come to think of it, ketchup might be an OK substitute!Oh, and I also saut?ed the onion before adding it to the cooker.

  • katlaydee3
    Jan 7, 2018

    These were really good, I made them for a family dinner. My timing was a little off so I cooked them on high for 3 hours and then switched to low for 1 1/2 hours and it still worked out perfectly.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Sep 25, 2017

    To insure a rich flavor make sure the ribs are browned to a dark brown color. The darker the better!!

  • nmanley
    Apr 15, 2016

    Very Very Good. I used more ribs and it was done in my crock pot at 6 hours. Meat falls of the bone. Super easy too!

  • jthibeau
    Aug 11, 2014

    loved this recipe- meat is so tender it falls off the bone. I skimmed the fat off the top when the meat was done and used a little cornstarch to thicken the broth for gravy. Was a hit at the dinner table.

  • hot_cookin_momma
    Apr 27, 2013

    This was amazing! Rib were so tnder they fell off the bones! The flavor was amazing! My 2 yr old, husband and work hand loved them!*I Sautéed half the onion to give a little more flavor

  • jhunt
    Jul 20, 2012

    this was very good It did not dispoint.

  • AVacca08
    Jul 31, 2011

    Absolutely delicious! They were extremely tender and fell right off the bone. My husband loved them.

  • Pinklepurr
    Mar 6, 2010

    Really good recipe overall. I adapted it since the only chili sauce in my fridge was hot Thai chili, so I omitted it entirely. I added a dash of Worcheshire sauce and shallots and my family really enjoyed it. I will look forward to making this recipe again for special occasions and when we plan to have dinner guests.

  • ddherber
    Jan 11, 2010

    I live alone, so I cut this down to one serving. The only chili sauce I had was medium heat and I used too much, so it was almost too hot. But it was fantastic on rice! I sending this to my daughter and sister. Yummy!