Slow Cooker Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Slow cooker boneless beef short ribs recipe

The Spruce Eats / Nita West

  • Total: 8 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
997 Calories
69g Fat
32g Carbs
58g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 997
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 69g 88%
Saturated Fat 27g 136%
Cholesterol 202mg 67%
Sodium 1175mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 58g
Calcium 128mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef short ribs are served with the delicious gravy for a fabulous meal. Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetables, or serve them with hot cooked noodles or rice.

Make this dish with boneless or meaty bone-in short ribs. Or make the dish with a lean chuck roast, cut into chunks or cubed. If you use short ribs on the bone, allow about 1 pound per person, depending on how meaty they are.


  • 3 pounds boneless beef short ribs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup red wine (such as Cabernet or Pinot Noir)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for slow cooker boneless beef short ribs
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  2. Trim excess fat from the short ribs. 

    Trim excess fat
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  3. Combine the flour, salt, and freshly ground black pepper in a food storage bag or a wide shallow plate. Mix well.

    Combine flour and salt
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  4. Shake or dredge the beef pieces with the flour mixture. 

    Bread beef
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  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the floured beef short ribs and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, turning to brown all sides.

    Heat the olive oil
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  6. Transfer the ribs to the slow cooker.

    Transfer to slowcooker
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  7. Add the onion and mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until onions are softened.

    Add the onions and mushrooms
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  8. Add the wine and scrape up browned bits.

    Add the wine
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  9. Continue cooking, stirring, for about 2 more minutes, until the wine is reduced by half.

    Continue cooking
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  10. Add the beef broth, vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute.

    Add the beef broth
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  11. Pour the wine and broth mixture over the ribs in the slow cooker.

    Pour the wine over beef
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  12. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or until the beef is very tender. 

    Cover and cook on low
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  13. Remove the beef and vegetables to a platter and keep warm. Put all of the liquids in a gravy separator or skim to remove excess fat. 

    Remove the beef
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  14. Put skimmed liquids in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring, for 5 minutes, until reduced by about one-third.

    Put skimmed liquids in saucepan
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  15. Combine the cornstarch with about 2 tablespoons of cold water.

    Combine cornstarch with water
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  16. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the liquids and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened.

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  17. Serve the short ribs with the gravy.

    Serve shortribs with gravy
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  18. Enjoy!

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