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Slow Cooker Short Ribs

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs are very easy to make and the outcome is delicious. This keto-approved dinner recipe will become a favorite after the first bite. I love that this can cook all day while I work!

Slow Cooker Short Ribs topped with green parsley on cauliflower on a white plate on a brown table
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Short ribs are exactly what the name says they are, LOL. They are “short” in length ribs from a cow.

These short ribs come from the chuck section of the animal. The short ribs don’t make good steak due to their short length.

Luckily there are many other delicious ways to use short ribs in your cooking.

Short ribs have yummy marbling and the great beefy taste of chuck roast. If you haven’t tried short ribs there is no time like NOW to give them a whirl.

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I love how this recipe makes a delicious sauce or gravy for the ribs. It really adds to the overall awesomeness of this recipe.

  • Boneless Short Ribs
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Whole Bay Leaves
  • Tomato Paste
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Beef Bouillon Powder
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Red Cooking Wine
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
Slow Cooker Short Ribs topped with green parsley on cauliflower on a white plate on a brown table


This isn’t exactly a dump and go recipe, but almost! The meat has to be seared first, but it is WORTH the step and yields a more delicious rib.


Grab your skillet and add the olive oil. Heat it up over medium-high heat.

Season the short ribs with salt and pepper for your taste buds.

Place the meat in the skillet and sear the short ribs on all sides.

When they are done searing place the ribs in the bottom of your slow cooker.

ribs cooking in oil in a frying pan

Chop an onion. Top the ribs in the slow cooker with the chopped onion.


Take a mixing bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the Dijon mustard. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme and 3 teaspoons of the beef bouillon powder to the bowl.

Now pour in 1 cup of the red cooking wine.

Whisk these ingredients together so they are well combined.


Take 2 whole bay leaves and add them to the slow cooker.

Pour the liquid mixture over the top of the meat.

sauce being poured on the Short Ribs

Put the lid on the slow cooker.


Cook the meat on low heat for 8 hours.

Lots of slow cooker recipes allow you to choose from a shorter cooking time on high heat or a longer cooking time on low heat. This particular recipe turns out much better when you cook it on low heat for the longer time period.

The low temperature works best so your meat turns out extra tender!!

cooked Short Ribs on a white plate


When the meat is done cooking remove it from the slow cooker.

Pour the juices that are in the slow cooker into the skillet and turn it on medium heat.

Add the 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream to the skillet and whisk it into the juices until they are well combined.

Allow the sauce to come to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium.

Continue cooking the gravy until it reaches the consistency you desire.

Spoon gravy over the meat before serving! This is such a delicious comfort food! It tastes great served over rice, cauliflower rice for keto followers or even mashed potatoes.

sauce in a slow cooker

You can download and print off this amazing slow cooker beef short ribs recipe via the recipe card below. It has the complete ingredients and instructions.

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Corinne Schmitt
Slow Cooker Short Ribs are a great meal for a busy evening. These cook all day and create a delicious sauce too.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 377 kcal


  • Slow cooker


  • 2-3 lbs. Boneless short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 whole Bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoon Beef bouillon powder
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 cup Red cooking wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Heavy whipping cream


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste to the meat, and sear the boneless short ribs on all sides. Place them into the bottom of a slow cooker pot when you have finished.
  • Sprinkle the chopped onion over the ribs in the slow cooker.
  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoon of dijon mustard.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 2 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme and 3 teaspoon of beef bouillon powder.
  • Pour in 1 cup of red wine, and whisk all of the ingredients together well.
  • Place two whole bay leaves in the slow cooker.
  • Pour the red wine mixture over top of the meat, place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook on low heat for 8 hours. For this recipe, low temperature is best. You may be able to substitute a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time, but your meat may not be as tender.
  • Once finished, remove the meat from the slow cooker, and pour the juices into a skillet over medium heat.
  • Pour in ½ cup of heavy whipping cream, and whisk the sauce well.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium again. Cook down until the gravy reaches the desired consistency.


Calories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 30gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 448mgPotassium: 641mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 366IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 4mg
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4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Short Ribs”

    • Well that was a major oversight on my part. Thanks for the catch! The chopped onions go on right over the ribs once you’ve put them in the slow cooker. Sautéing them in the sear pan AFTER the ribs are done will give you a slightly sweeter flavor if you’re willing to take the extra couple of minutes. Updating the post and recipe card now. Thanks again for pointing out the missing information.


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