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Contest-Winning Braised Short Ribs

I've been relying on this braised short ribs recipe ever since I bought my first slow cooker some 19 years ago. The fall-off-the-bone-tender entree is much appreciated on busy days. —Peggy Edwards, Heber City, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 cup beer or beef broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • GRAVY:
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  • In a shallow dish, combine the flour, salt, paprika and mustard. Add ribs in batches and turn to coat. In a large skillet, brown ribs in oil; drain.
  • Place onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add ribs. Top with beer and garlic. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove ribs and onions to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with ribs.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 281 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • Emmanuel
    Feb 21, 2020

    I had high expectations and am very keen on slowcooker recepies but I ended up somewhat dissapointed. The meal was just ok and as we all now know, just ok is not ok :-). I taasted the meal after about 3 hours of slow cooking and found it not very tasty, and somewhat bitter so I decided to add a tbl spoon of brown sugar which really improved it. Nevertheless, it did not match my expectations. I will try to improve it next time and will give it a little bit more kick for example by adding some jalopena peppers or so. But it’s worth experimenting with it ... to be continued.

  • suefalk
    Nov 19, 2017

    Gotta love slow cooker meals, and this one is AMAZING!! Mouth watering and tender. I served this with wide egg noodles for a stick-to-your-ribs meal.

  • Lorna
    Jun 14, 2017

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  • Corwin44
    Mar 18, 2017

    These were tender, fall apart delicious, and really easy to make. I wasn't sure what kind of beer to use, but landed on blue moon Belgium white beer. I used two bottles of the six pack on 6lbs of ribs. I did double the flour mix to make up for the added ribs and added 1 teaspoon of powder beef bouillon to the flour mix. For the gravy I melted 3 tablespoons of butter then whisked in 3 tablespoons of the flour mix. I the added 2 1/2 cups of the drippings to create the delicious gravy. I served it over the ribs and mashed potatoes. This is easy enough to put into regular rotation and fancy enough to serve to guest and on special occasions.