Slow Cooker Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Slow cooker boneless beef short ribs recipe

The Spruce / Nita West

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs 15 mins
Total: 8 hrs 30 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 juicy, melt-in-your-mouth beef short ribs are served with delicious gravy for a fabulous meal. Serve with garlic 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.

Short ribs are from the lower part of the ribcage and are known to be tough and heavy with connective tissue. Cut short—generally 3 to 4 inches long—they will fit nicely in your slow cooker. While the most common way to cook short ribs is by braising them, cooking them slowly in the crock pot makes these meaty ribs just fall off the bone tender. 

Ingredients

  • 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 ribs to slow cooker

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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 until wine reduced by half

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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 and skim off fat

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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.

    Whisk mixture until thickened

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  17. Serve the short ribs with the gravy.

    Serve short ribs with gravy

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  18. Enjoy!

    Slow Cooker Boneless Short Ribs

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Tips

  • Plan to serve at least 2 short ribs per person, if they're adults.
  • These cooked ribs will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container or plastic bag.

Are Boneless Short Ribs as Good as Bone In?

  • As with any type of meat, bones provide that extra flavor, so bone-in short ribs are preferred over boneless short ribs.

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