Braised Slow Cooker Short Ribs (Fabulous Beef Comfort Food Recipe)

A freshly cooked bowl of braised short ribs.

Short ribs are a less expensive cut of beef but they provide tasty beef flavor and a wonderful tender texture if cooked properly. Cooked improperly, beef short ribs are tough and chewy, but by following this recipe, you can transform this cut of meat into a fabulous comfort food feast.

Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes

Cooking Time:  6-8 hours

Serves: 4 to 6 individuals

While many people prefer to stick to tried and true cuts of meat found in the supermarket’s butcher’s case, every now and then the more adventurous among us will see a package of meat on sale at a great price and think, “Why not give it a try?”

That is how this recipe for Braised Slow Cooker Short Ribs came about. The first time we attempted short ribs, they were not cooked for long enough. The meat was fully cooked, but tough, chewy, and unappealing. However, we were not deterred. After doing some research, we found a little more information about the cut called Beef Short Ribs.

Beef short ribs are generally found with the other cuts of tougher meat in the butcher’s case, such as stew beef or brisket. Now, just because a cut of meat is tough, that doesn’t mean that it’s worthless. In fact, these cuts of beef are excellent choices for those whose grocery budgets are tight. You can get the rich beefy flavor and all of the nutrition that beef provides for a fraction of the cost of other more expensive cuts like London broil or steak. The trick is that you have to know the correct way to cook the meat, and with this recipe for Braised Slow Cooker Short Ribs, you will have the knowledge to cook them to perfection.

For our recipe, we used Short Ribs with the bone in. In some areas, you may be able to find them with the bone removed, but they might be a bit more expensive in that case. It really does not matter, which you buy, however. By the time these ribs are finished with the cooking time, the meat will be literally falling off of the bones.

Sometimes, short ribs will have tons of fat on the meat. If there seems to be an excessive amount, feel free to trim some of it before you cook the meat. If there is too much fat, your short ribs might have a somewhat greasy texture. However, don’t remove all of the fat, because a little bit of it gives a special richness of flavor and tenderness to the meat.

Our recipe for Beef Short Ribs uses a bit of rosemary to add just a hint of herbal flavor. Don’t worry if rosemary is not your favorite. There’s only a tiny hint of rosemary flavor and it blends well with the other tastes of garlic, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and beef.

In this recipe, the braising liquid is absolutely delicious, even without tons of fancy ingredients. After you remove the meat from the crockpot, put the juices in a saucepan and cook them down by boiling them for five minutes or so, and you will have a wonderful dipping sauce. Or you can make the juices into gravy. Alternately, you can freeze the juices and use them as a scrumptious base for a soup or stew.

Beef short ribs are the ultimate in comfort food. Serve them with creamy mashed potatoes, a green vegetable, and tender, soft dinner rolls.

Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe


  • 3 pounds beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 beef bullion cubes dissolved in 3 cups warm water
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 stem of rosemary
  • Oil for sauteing

The complete set of ingredients to be used.

Step 1: Put the Worcestershire sauce, beef bullion cubes, and warm water in a large slow cooker.

Add the garlic powder and onion powder, stirring to incorporate.

Salt and pepper the short ribs all over.

Step 2: In a large skillet, heat two or three tablespoons of cooking oil over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot, place the short ribs in a single layer in the pan, about two inches apart. Brown the meat, turning the pieces until they are golden brown all over.

The meat is browned on a skillet with oil.

Step 3: As the meat pieces are cooked, place them in the slow cooker and repeat with the other short ribs until they are all nicely browned and nestled in the slow cooker.

Place the piece of rosemary on top of the short ribs and put the cover of the slow cooker in place.

A piece of rosemary is added into the slow cooker with the meat.

Step 4: Cook on low heat for six to eight hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bones.

Serve the meat with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable for a delicious dinner that everyone will love.

A plate of freshly cooked braised short ribs with a side of mashed potatoes and beans.

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