Contest-Winning Braised Short Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours


7 servings

Updated: Mar. 29, 2023
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
Contest-Winning Braised Short Ribs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Braised Short Ribs Tips

What should you look for when buying short ribs?

Short ribs are taken from the lower section of the rib called the plate rib, just beneath the ribeye area. There are two basic styles of short ribs: flanken-cut (cut across the ribs, so there are multiple small ribs per piece) and English (cut lengthwise, so there is one long rib bone per piece). Whether you go for flanken-cut or English, look for particularly meaty ribs. There should be at least 1 inch of meat above the bone, that's visibly marbled with fat. The cap of fat on top of the meat should be thin, or already trimmed away. Bone-in beef short ribs are usually more expensive than boneless because they come from the plate, or front belly, and have more fat than a boneless short rib. Bone-in ribs also have the benefit of the marrow, which gives a real flavor boost in wet, low-temperature cooking methods, like braising. Find more butcher counter tips on how to get the best meat.

What do you serve with braised short ribs?

This recipe produces a rich, plentiful sauce that just demands a side that will soak it up. Try classic mashed potatoes, creamy polenta, or spaetzle dumplings. For the vegetable component, add something that will give you a burst of color on the plate—like carrots or peas—and a light green salad to balance out the heartiness of the main dish.

Can you make braised short ribs ahead of time?

You can make braised short ribs ahead of time and reheat them the next day. They also freeze well in an airtight container or storage bag for up to 2 months. To use, let them thaw in the refrigerator, then reheat on the stovetop over medium-low heat. If necessary, add a little bit of beef broth to the sauce to get the right consistency. Looking for more fabulous slow-cooker beef recipes? We've got you covered!

Hazel Wheaton, Taste of Home Book Editor

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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