Crockpot Short Rib Recipes

A slow cooker is a match made in heaven for this cut of meat

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs
Diana Rattray

Tender, delicious short ribs were meant for long, slow cooking, and a crockpot just might be one of the best ways to cook them. Ideally, it is best to use shorter lengths of short rib, but you can use longer short ribs and even boneless beef short ribs if that's all you can find. If you don't see short ribs in your grocery store, ask the butcher if he can get some for you. They make a fabulous everyday "meat and potatoes" meal during the fall and winter when comfort food is what everyone wants to come home to.

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    Slow-Cooker Boneless Beef Short Ribs

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    Diana Rattray

    The short ribs cook until they melt-in-your-mouth, and the mushrooms add a nice earthy flavor while the brown sugar contributes just a touch of sweetness. This is a delicious dish when served along with the rich red wine gravy that the ribs are cooked in—perfect for spooning over mashed potatoes, noodles, or even polenta.

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    Slow-Cooker Braised Short Ribs

    Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs
    Diana Rattray

    The short ribs are first tossed in a mixture of flour, sweet paprika, and chili powder and seared in a skillet, resulting in a nice, flavorful crust. They are then cooked in the crockpot along with apple juice and beef broth, as well as onions and pearl onions, to create a comforting dish that is perfect with potatoes and a vegetable for a complete meal.

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    Slow-Cooker Short Ribs With Cider

    Short Ribs With Cider
    Diana Rattray

    Simple and delicious—that's what you'll love about this recipe for beef short ribs. Hard or non-alcoholic cider delivers loads of flavor to this easy main dish and is perfect to make during apple season. The envelope of gravy mix makes this an ideal dinner to cook when you're in a pinch. 

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    Barbecued Beef Short Ribs

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    A great one-dish meal that the whole family will love, these barbecued beef short ribs are also easy to put together. Short ribs, potatoes, and carrots cook along with a homemade barbecue sauce, including ketchup, vinegar, paprika, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce, offering plenty of flavor.

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    Savory Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

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    Perfect on a cold winter night, this comforting dish features boneless short ribs and just a few simple ingredients. The onion, carrot, and celery cook along with the beef in a mixture of red wine and chicken broth, making this the ideal dish to quickly put together on a busy weekday.

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    Golden Short Ribs

    Beef Short Ribs with Carrots
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    The "golden" in the recipe title is in reference to the golden mushroom soup, which gives these flavorful beef short ribs a unique flavor. And this dish couldn't be easier to make—simply coat the ribs in flour, cook in oil until a nice crust forms, place in the crockpot with a few simple vegetables and the soup, and let cook until tender and bubbling.

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    Crockpot Deviled Short Ribs

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    These short ribs are cooked in a sweet and tangy gravy that features chili sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and chili powder for a tasty version of this classic. Serve with french fries or pasta for a satisfying meal.

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    Slow-Cooker Short Ribs Burgundy

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    Diana Rattray

    A twist on beef burgundy (also called beef bourguignon), this crockpot short rib recipe brings all of the flavors of this classic French dish together in a simple slow-cooked meal. The packets of gravy mix are the secret shortcut ingredient, making this recipe ideal for the busy weeknight.

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    Slow-Cooker Wine-Braised Beef Short Ribs

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    Diana Rattray

    These beef short ribs are browned and then slow-cooked to perfection with a wonderful red wine sauce. It is best if you choose better ingredients like a good quality dry red wine (such as cabernet sauvignon) and meaty short ribs on the bone for the best flavor in this recipe.

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    Slow-Cooker Short Ribs Parisienne

    Beef Short ribs With Potatoes
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    There may be a few more steps involved, but once you taste these short ribs you will see why the extra effort is worth it. The meat is browned, onions are sauteed, and then red wine is used to deglaze the pan. This is all cooked together for a few hours, and then a sauce is made with mushrooms, the cooking liquid, and sour cream, creating a rich and satisfying meal.