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Super Short Ribs

This came from an old oven recipe my mom had for short ribs. I added a few things, and these are always requested. —Coleen Carter, Malone, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 3 to 3-1/2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles


  • Place onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add ribs and bay leaf. Combine the beer, brown sugar, mustard, tomato paste, thyme, bouillon, salt and pepper. Pour over meat.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove meat and vegetables to a serving platter; keep warm. Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer juices to a small saucepan. Bring liquid 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 meat and noodles.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 257 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 818mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • meaganteal
    Feb 27, 2016

    Great recipe!! I did use pork ribs but kept everything else the same

  • serendipity1212
    Sep 20, 2013

    Very yummy! I substituted beef broth for the beer and I braised them in the oven for 2 hours instead of cooking in the slow cooker - the sauce cooked down so it wasn't necessary to thicken it at the end. Loved the sauce. Definitely a keeper!

  • jchockley
    Oct 25, 2012

    My entire family, including two picky kids, really enjoyed this meal. They voted it a "keeper" and have already asked for it again. Yummy and super simple - great combination.

  • hotpopper
    Sep 20, 2012

    This was so flavorful. I added some minced garlic like one review said.

    Apr 11, 2012

    It tasted like beef roast with carrots mfrom the oven. Nothing outstanding. Lacked umph!

  • mannyspooks
    Dec 21, 2011

    No comment left

  • AutumnRust
    May 4, 2011

    Short ribs done in a crock pot is so delicious. One of my favorite dinners.

  • firecrackermango1
    Apr 20, 2011

    I forgot to mention that I added a couple of minced garlic cloves, sliced carrots, celery and broccoli to the onions, which all added to the flavor of this dish.

  • firecrackermango1
    Apr 20, 2011

    I made this tonight; easy and very tasty! The gravy has such an interesting flavor! I highly recommend this recipe!!

  • mmaslen
    Apr 4, 2011

    Very tasty and the whole gang loved it