Beef short ribs made in the slow cooker are tender, flavorful, and the perfect meal when served over mashed potatoes. Short Ribs are simple and easy to prepare and absolutely delicious when slow cooked.
Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
3 tbsp olive oil
1 package beef short ribs
2 cups beef broth
1/4 dry red wine
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 onion, sliced
Heat up some olive oil in a skillet on the stove top. I always prefer to use a cast iron skillet because it will get much hotter and brown the short ribs very evenly.
Make sure that the olive oil is very hot before adding the short ribs, it should be slightly smoking. Sear the short ribs for about one minute on all four sides.
Add in short ribs, broth, red wine, seasoning, and the onion into the slow cooker.
Cover and slow cook on low for at least six hours or up to eight hours.
How to serve slow cooked beef short ribs
I think slow cooked short ribs are best when served over creamy, homemade mashed potatoes. Be sure to start this process about thirty minutes before you plan to serve your short ribs.
Peel and chop about six potatoes and place them in a large pot on the stove. Cover with water and add some salt. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for about twenty five minutes or until the potatoes become tender.
Drain the water and then use a hand mixer to mash the potatoes. Be sure to add in plenty of butter and milk or heavy cream. I oftentimes like to add some parmesan cheese and garlic as well for added flavor.
The broth yielded from the slow cooker makes the best gravy for the mashed potatoes!
What are beef short ribs?
Beef short ribs are known for their richness in flavor and fall off the bone tenderness. This cut of beef boast a bold beefy flavor that is best highlighted when slow cooked, smoked, or braised.
If you source your beef in bulk from your local farmer then be sure to request the short ribs. This cut can be found in the grocery store but sometimes may be hard to get.