While braised short ribs cooked on the stovetop deliver incredible results, on days when I’m busy, letting the slow cooker do all the work for me is a lifesaver. In this article, I’ll guide you through a delightful slow cooker beef short ribs recipe that promises to fill your home with enticing aromas and your taste buds with satisfaction.

1. Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs Recipe


  • 3 lbs beef short ribs
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (optional, for thickening)


Step 1: Preparing the Short Ribs

Begin by seasoning the short ribs generously with salt and black pepper.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sear the short ribs on all sides until they develop a golden-brown crust. This step locks in the juices and enhances the flavor of the meat.

Transfer the seared short ribs to the slow cooker.

Step 2: Creating the Flavorful Base

In the same skillet, sauté the chopped onion until it becomes translucent, then add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Pour in the beef broth, red wine (if using), soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Stir the mixture, scraping the bottom of the skillet to incorporate any flavorful bits.

Add the dried thyme, dried rosemary, and bay leaves to the liquid. Stir to combine.

If you prefer a thicker sauce, whisk in 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to the liquid. This step is optional but adds a nice richness to the dish.

Pour the flavorful mixture over the short ribs in the slow cooker, ensuring they are well-coated.

Step 3: Cooking in the Slow Cooker

Set the slow cooker to low heat and cook the beef short ribs for 7-8 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender.

Once the short ribs are cooked, carefully remove them from the slow cooker and set them aside.

If you’d like a thicker sauce, you can strain it into a saucepan and reduce it over medium heat until it reaches your desired consistency.

Step 4: Serve & Enjoy

Serve the slow-cooked beef short ribs over a bed of mashed potatoes, polenta, or your favorite grain. Spoon the rich sauce over the ribs and garnish with fresh herbs for an extra burst of flavor.

The slow cooker beef short ribs recipe is a testament to the magic of low and slow cooking. With minimal hands-on time, you can achieve tender, succulent short ribs infused with rich flavors. Whether you’re preparing a cozy family dinner or entertaining guests, this dish is sure to become a favorite for its simplicity and gourmet taste. Let your slow cooker do the work, and indulge in the savory satisfaction of these slow-cooked beef short ribs.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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