Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Serves 6

With just a little prep up front, this slow cooker recipe does most of the work for you, creating a meal that is simple, tender, and flavorful.


  • 2 pounds bone-in, beef short ribs
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, leaves removed and chopped
  • Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta


  1. Season short ribs on all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown short ribs on all sides, being careful not to crowd pan. Once browned, place short ribs in slow cooker.
  3. In the same skillet, add onions and 1 cup water. Cook until onions are tender and brown bits on bottom of pan are dissolved. Transfer to slow cooker.
  4. Add barbecue sauce, cover, and cook on low 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours. Beef is done when fork-tender.
  5. Remove short ribs. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Skim fat from remaining sauce. Spoon over beef. Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley. Serve with polenta for a complete meal.
  6. Cook's Tips:
  7. When selecting short ribs, look for big chunks with even marbling throughout. This will ensure juicy, tender meat after slow cooking.
  8. Some multi-cookers will allow you to brown ribs and cook onions on sauté setting, omitting the need to use an additional pot in steps 1-3.


Amount Per Serving (based on 6 servings)
Calories: 320
Fat: 14 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 60 mg
Sodium: 680 mg
Carbohydrates: 40 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 23 g
Added Sugar: 20 g
Protein: 20 g
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