Beefy Short Ribs in a Crock Pot

20 Nov

We discovered a couple years back that a local bar & grill serves up a delicious short rib dinner special during the cooler months and we have quite a few of those in Michigan! This is my interpretation of that meal.

Time: 15min prep, 4+hours cook         Serves: 4


  • 3 pounds beef short ribs (the meatier the better)
  • 1/2 cup flour + 2-3 tbsp
  • salt to taste (I used about 3/4 tsp)
  • pepper to taste (I used about 1/3 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red wine (I used a Merlot/Malbec blend, anything is fine as long as it’s not sweet)
  • 2  cups beef stock
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic/red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

How to make it

  • Combine flour with salt & pepper in a pie plate or similar. Dredge short ribs.
  • Heat oil in large skillet. Brown short ribs on all sides then transfer to crock pot. (See note.)
  • Arrange chopped onions, garlic cloves, and thyme sprigs in between and around ribs.
  • Combine wine, stock, vinegar, Worcestershire and sugar and mix to combine. Pour over ribs. They should just be covered in liquid, if needed add a bit of water.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. I cooked on high for 3 hours and low for 2 hours and they came out perfectly tender but not falling off the bone b/c ‘s we prefer them with a bit of chew.
  • Remove crock pot from cooker and ladle 2 cups of liquid into a small stock pot. Skim the top and dispose of fat. Add 2-3 tbsp and whisk well until smooth and thickened to desired consistency.

*Note: After lots of deliberation with my buddies on the cooking community site GroupRecipes, I’d say that the first step may not be necessary. You may also just season the ribs with s&p and place in crock pot without browning first. It’s up to you 🙂

I served this with garlic mashed purple potatoes with gravy over top along with carrots, zucchini and red onion simply sauteed in butter and seasoned with s&p (started the carrots first).

One Response to “Beefy Short Ribs in a Crock Pot”


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