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Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe

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. —Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours YIELD: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


  • 1. Sprinkle ribs with 1/2 teaspoon each 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with ribs and vegetables. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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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Remenec User ID: 6059530 272396
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2017

"Wow! This is a delicious recipe! This is my first time making short ribs and they turned out perfectly! I used a cup of beef broth and one cup of dry red wine. Excellent flavor! My husband loved it."

Cmddx2 User ID: 7560745 271654
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2017

"Big hit with the family! Full of flavor. We used country boneless ribs because that's what we had. It was almost like a pot roast. Very tender."

eldie1959 User ID: 6803304 263401
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"Made this for Christmas dinner. First time I ever made short ribs. I had to modify the recipe because I was making it at my elderly mother's house and had a change of plans and didn't arrive there until early Christmas afternoon. So made meal in my large pressure cooker instead of slow cooker. Followed early directions but cooked it on high pressure I believe for half an hour. Came out perfect. Tasty and oh so tender. My 91 year old mother who has difficulty chewing most types of meat had no trouble chewing the ribs. Didn't have time to make the potatoes but started the meal with quick tortellini and spinach and white bean soup. (Another TOH recipe.)"

Kelley User ID: 9058415 260508
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"Loved this recipe!! Added a lb of mushrooms! Split beef broth and red wine!!! The best!!!"

Angelwing4321 User ID: 8859138 260441
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"The flavor is nothing short of AMAZING!!! I used the cooking red wine in the recipe and it is now one of my favorites!!!"

Sredd User ID: 8543622 259747
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"Very good with rich broth.."

kdfromm User ID: 8406252 259028
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"Came out much better than expected, considering I am not knowing for my cooking skills :) Very tender, and very flavorful. For the red wine, I chose Pinot Noir. This will be a "frequent flyer" in our home, for sure."

gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 256612
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2016

"This is one of my favorite crockpot recipes for dinner. The definition of comfort food in the winter time, this one just is good for the soul. Will note: I usually don't remove the thyme/bay leaf - my mother never removed them when I was younger because she'd often freeze meals and said she wanted to keep the spices for reheating it later - just watch out when you go to eat!

Glad to have these short ribs in my recipe rotation for the upcoming cold months."

Summersh User ID: 6640270 255829
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Super good."

KSM1977 User ID: 8941454 254629
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

"WOW! Make these! They're divine!"

Deann1001 User ID: 7977270 248949
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"Loved the recipe. I will definitely use this recipe from now on."

Steviestevie User ID: 8788948 244771
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"Recipe was good, Cooking time seemed too long. 2 hours less perhaps."

KimberlyRL User ID: 4851499 243486
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"My family loved this recipe, house filled with aroma end of day!"

njwalters User ID: 8760336 243182
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"Great recipe! Didnt even need a knife to cut these. They were falling off the bone as I took them out of the slow cooker. I changed a few small things though I used marsala for the wine and only used one cup, the rest was beef broth, 3 garlic cloves and one onion. Going to add more carrot next time. They were so good but needed more! Came out wonderful! Full of flavor and definitly a recipe thats going into my rotation.

The only thing I had a bit of trouble with was getting the drippings to turn into gravy. It happened- just took a while. It was worth the waiting though!"

Dicampbell User ID: 8448394 242552
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"I pretty much did it as called for it had a wonderful flavor and my husband called it a keeper served it with cheese grits casserole very tasty"

Carmen21212 User ID: 6643800 237898
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Great flavor. My husband just loved this recipe. May try with a chuck roast next time. The Merlot added a good taste to these ribs."

Summy User ID: 1386846 236175
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"This was absolutely succulent. I added a few more sprigs of thyme because I didn't have bay leaf. It was a real treat (short ribs are expensive), so I might see if it works with just a regular chuck roast. It got a little dry towards the end of the cooking time, so my daughter the chef added more wine, salt and thyme to fix it up a bit."

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 236019
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"This is not only delicious but he color just wants you to dig in and eat the entire bowl - really good"

srosberger User ID: 8547525 233306
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"easy to prepare and perfect meal for end of long day from school for my hungry kids."

afasick77 User ID: 6412582 233020
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"The short ribs had too much fat so I made this with a chuck round instead. It was so tender and delicious. My husband and 14 yr old son loved it too!"

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 232786
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"These are OHMYGOSH good...follow the directions...dont know how anyone could call these bland? and as for the bourbon question...i used beef broth only the first time i made them. I dont care for wine but i know if i dont put it in my spaghetti sauce i'm not happy. Loved them with the broth only, and this time i'm using half the amount of a Merlot thats called for..will see if its just as good as with the plain beef broth.

My kitchen smells AMAZING..."

sleard55 User ID: 8454788 229846
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"i havent tried recipe yet,would like to know if can sub. burbon for wine?"

DeniseRachel User ID: 8158614 229168
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"Best short ribs ever!"

dcsg4me User ID: 8412722 227807
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"Made mistake in adding whole can of tomato paste. At end of cooking time I added brown sugar to taste. These were superb!"

ItsMandi User ID: 7811950 221774
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I'm so sad! Followed the recipe exactly and turned out very bland! Will not make again..."

SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 219431
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Enjoyed these ribs, very tender, nice flavor.....a great comfort food recipe....would work well for company w more veggies & cheesy mashed potatoes.....great meal on a cold winter day!"

Kilyena User ID: 6143949 219179
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Pretty good. My family liked it. I have another short rib recipe that I like better, but this was very tasty. I didn't have time to slow cook it so I browned the meat removed to a plate sauteed the onions, then added the garlic the last minute. De-glazed the dutch oven with red wine, added the beef back to the pot,along with the beef broth and carrots , tomato paste and thyme sprigs. Covered and baked on 300 degrees for 3 hours. Was fork tender. Has a rich gravy. 4 medium carrots is not nearly enough I tripled them. Thanks for sharing."

jat3 User ID: 2040042 219066
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"I invited a close friend over for dinner and prepared this recipe. I found 6 lovely boneless ribs, knowing the recipe called for "bone-in", I didn't have time to shop around. The ribs were wonderful, literally you could cut them with a fork. Next time I will add more carrots and cut them larger. Everyone decided this was "a keeper" recipe, they raved about the flavors. We had three for dinner that night and there were plenty of leftovers.

I used 2 full cups of Cabernet and 1/2 cup broth, the boneless ribs had very little fat."

kredhead User ID: 710648 219051
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"I do a lot of cooking & baking, Taste of Home never lets me down. I have never made short ribs before & this cut of meat isn't cheap where I live, so I was hoping for a good result. Made during a raging snowstorm, threw it in the crock & went out to shovel. It was so beefy, flavorful & delicious, will be making this again. Good enough for company, meat was falling off the bone tender at the 6 hour mark. This recipe is so easy to follow with the little bit of prep work browning the meat & onions. I used a Merlot I had on hand, only using one cup & the rest beef broth. One of my onions went bad, so I substituted a large shallot. I added a second bay leaf, extra garlic and a few big shakes of dried thyme instead of the fresh. Three hungry, tired, snow shovelers ate most of it, there is one serving left over, so I would say it serves 4 instead of 6. I am going to use some of the delicious leftover gravy to saute portobello mushrooms for dinner tonite. Bonus!"

chrishightower User ID: 7924002 218957
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"This recipe is delicious! We made it last night and I used 2 cups of wine instead of the broth which makes a rich flavor. I am not sure why other people didn't like it, maybe they forgot to season the meat. This is definitely a keeper."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 218889
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"We loved this version and will make again with a tad more garlic. Gotta love the people who are shocked at the fat on the short ribs. Guess they thought they were getting sirloin or flank steak?"

starbuckle User ID: 7914878 126701
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"My family and I were not huge fans of the recipe. Part of the problem was the cut of meat. It was very fatty so be prepared to cut off plenty of edges. Ours was also quite bland. I think that with a different cut of meat and if it was made by someone with cooking experience who would add more spices it could be okay but I probably won't make it again."

denushka User ID: 7640811 193752
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"We loved this recipe. I didn't make the gravy because instead of mashed potatoes we had a salad. Very delicious."

meiti User ID: 1790908 191297
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Made just as receipe stated. Very flavorful, moist and tender. Will make again."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 116595
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"I was impressed--they came out very tender and the overall result was nice. Will make again."

Karenstott59 User ID: 7640341 193751
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Made following directions very tender . Definitely will make again."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 177775
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"We had bad cuts of husband won't even let me try this again. Not the recipe's fault, but it turned him completely off."

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 178480
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"What a flavorful dish! I only had pork roast on hand, but the dish still turned out great! The meat was very tender and savory!"

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 192354
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"I love short ribs. This recipe was perfect for a cold Upstate NY dinner !!!!!!!!!"

[email protected] User ID: 77962 178475
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"For several years I have been looking for a good recipe for beef short ribs, and this is IT! Other recipes had weak flavor; reducing the red wine sauce in this recipe does the trick! Also, I cooked it the day before, chilled it overnight, and lifted off the congealed fat before reheating. This eliminated the huge amounts of grease that are an unfortunate trait of short ribs."

Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 115800
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"This recipe was wonderful! My family loved it. I did not change a thing."

debmansur User ID: 1542916 195100
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"These are simply divine! Never had short ribs but these sounded so good I had to make them. I thought I was having a gourmet meal in a fancy restaurant! Today is my birthday and my husband asked me where I would like to go eat...I told him I would rather make the short ribs and he was excited because he absolutely loved them like I did. They're in the crock pot and I can't wait!!! Thanks so much, Rebekah!!!"

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 123460
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"A recipe that could rival any French bistro's! Super easy and delicious! I served this with roasted garlic whipped potatoes. Couldn't find bone-in so used boneless short ribs. Be sure to use the red wine for the best flavor. Company worthy for meat and potato lovers!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 126700
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"So easy and so delicious! Smelled great while it was in the crock pot cooking! We used red cooking wine plus beef broth for a beefy but sophisticated flavor. Leftover sauce is great on rice or noodles."

DarlaUlm User ID: 6221619 178473
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"Very good recipe for the crockpot."

rannrc21 User ID: 7643041 193747
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"Great husband loved the recipe. The only difference I switched the canola for olive oil."

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 149846
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"I couldn't get short ribs bone-in so settled for boneless. Really not any different than chuck roast. The flavor was good but quite a bit of fat. Might try the sauce with a pot roast."

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