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Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

These slow-cooker short ribs are an easy alternative to traditionally braised short ribs—you don't need to pay any attention to them once you get them in the slow cooker. (That makes it my favorite beef short ribs recipe!) —Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups dry red wine or beef broth
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches, brown ribs on all sides; transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add carrots, broth, thyme and bay leaf to ribs.
  • Add onions to the same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 8-9 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and tomato paste; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook 8-10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove ribs and vegetables; keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan; skim fat. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Bring juices to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened; press cancel. If desired, sprinkle with additional salt and pepper. Serve with ribs and vegetables.

Slow-Cooker Short Ribs Tips

How long does it take to braise short ribs?

To braise short ribs, allow 6-8 hours in a slow cooker set to low. This will ensure your short ribs are tender.

What goes well with short ribs?

These delicious, homey short ribs go especially well with mashed potatoes. Try our Sunday Dinner Mashed Potatoes or this flavorful Triple Mash with Horseradish Bread Crumbs. For a pop of color and flavor, serve these tender-crisp Chive Buttered Carrots with your short ribs.

How do you tenderize short ribs?

Acidic ingredients like wine or red wine vinegar work hand-in-hand with the slow cooking process to tenderize these short ribs to perfection. Check out more slow-cooker tips.

Are beef ribs and short ribs the same?

While both beef ribs and short ribs are beef, they're not the same cut of meat. Short ribs are taken from the lower section of rib called the plate rib, just beneath the ribeye area. The high fat content in these ribs creates a very flavorful and tender dish when cooked low and slow.

Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager
Nutrition Facts
1 serving (calculated with 1/2 teaspoon salt): 250 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.