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Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

These 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.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Short ribs can be an expensive cut of beef, but they are perfect for a special occasion.
  • Cut your vegetables in uniform sizes to ensure even cooking.
  • Serve with a heaping spoonful of our best mashed potato recipes.
  • 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.


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    • Jordan
      Oct 10, 2020

      The results are great, but had to modify the recipe. When I tried to press cancel in step 3 nothing happened. Otherwise, good results

    • gramcayo
      Jul 18, 2020

      I'm confused.....the ingredient list states 1 c. of beef broth and then later states 2 c. of broth or wine. Should I add total of 3 c. of liquid? thanks

    • Victoria
      Jun 28, 2020

      Made this dish and it was absolutely amazing. I served it with mashed cauliflower to cut back on the carbs however it is very delicious. thanks for sharing.

    • Jamie
      May 17, 2020

      Super yummy! I used port wine and it added a sweet taste. Served with garlic mashed potatoes.

    • Bruce
      Mar 25, 2020

      Used a crockpot and more carrots absolutely delicious! Wife and mother in-law loved it. What a favor, thank you...

    • BradleyMac
      Mar 19, 2020

      Definite do again. Very good

    • Trisha
      Jan 29, 2020

      My boyfriend LOVES short ribs from "The Pantry", a restaurant in Los Angeles. I made this tonight and he said these were just as good as the ones from "The Pantry"....the flavor was amazing and I know he will be requesting this at least once a week now.? Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!

    • namascare
      Jan 6, 2020

      I made this yesterday, I only had two pounds bone in. It turned out great. My wife loved it and so did I. I didn't have thyme so I used a couple of pinches of herbs de province. and used noodles instead of potatoes. I will make this again. after getting this on I was able to watch my foot ball playoffs and not worry about the meal. Ray in Hot Springs Village, Ar.

    • Faith
      Jan 3, 2020

      This was the BEST beef ribs EVER!! Everything was perfect - I actually had the small carrots

    • Nancy
      Dec 19, 2019

      This recipe is awesome I’ve made it several times and will make it many more. Great warm and fuzzy meal