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Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs

Beer braised Slow Cooker short ribs are delicious in and of themselves, but when you realize that a slow cooker can do the cooking for you, this crock pot ribs recipe will become one of your absolute favorites as you witness them just falling off the bone like butter.

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs

This crockpot short ribs recipe is one of the most popular on It’s Yummi. It’s no wonder why, they are obscenely delicious, incredibly easy to make, and it’s virtually impossible to mess the recipe up.

If you’ve never had slow cooker short ribs before, you are missing out on one of the most decadent meats of all time. Seriously. They are meaty and rich and fall-off-the-bone tender.

Beer braised short ribs are not fussy. Rather they are rustic and homey and surprisingly flexible when cooking them. Oh, and they taste even better the next day.

How to Make Beer Braised Short Ribs in a Slow Cooker: What you will need ????

Crockpot Short Ribs Recipe

The Difference Between Short Ribs AND Spare Ribs

You may think you can get away with substituting spare ribs in this recipe. There is a difference, don’t be tempted.

Short ribs are tougher and meatier than spare ribs. And, as the name implies, they’re shorter in length, too. Bonus is they fit more easily in the slow cookers! Short ribs also require very little hands-on time and they’re fairly inexpensive. Short ribs are best braised.

Spare Ribs (AKA Beef Back Ribs) are taken from the bottom of the ribs and therefore is a much bigger, fattier and tougher cut of meat. Spare Ribs can be braised, roasted or grilled.

Short ribs braised in beer are beyond delicious. I cannot wait for you to try it!

Beer Braised Short Ribs Recipe

Short Ribs Make Ahead Recipe Tips for the Slow Cooker

While the short ribs may be the star of this recipe, the sauce is equally delectable. When I make this beef ribs recipe (and I make it often), I combine all of the sauce ingredients, minus the beer, the night before.

Then, in the morning, all I have to do is place the ribs and onions in the slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture and beer over the top. Could it get any easier?

Fast forward eight to ten hours and you have perfectly tender ribs nestled in a rich, decadent sauce.

You won’t even need a knife to eat these beer braised short ribs – they simply fall off of the bone. To soak up all of the deliciousness, I usually serve them with my easy go-to Parmesan Orzo, or if I have the time, my 18-Minute Risotto.

Other fantastic options to serve this with are… 

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs

Short Ribs made in the Instant Pot?

YES IT IS POSSIBLE! We’ve got another short ribs in the instant pot recipe coming along that we’ve been working on so in case you would like to pull the Instant Pot out for this recipe you’ll want to set it for 45 minutes at high pressure, followed by 15 minutes of natural release time for the cooking time. 

If you make the beer braised short ribs recipe, please come back and leave a comment and a rating for the recipe. It helps other readers to see your tips and suggestions, and I love to read your comments, too.

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Beer Braised Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe

Beef short ribs are braised in beer and cooked in a crock pot until they're juicy, tender, falling off of the bone, and downright delicious!
4.22 from 33 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings 48 ounces
Calories 1035 kcal

RECIPE VIDEO

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium onions cut into wedges
  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs trimmed of fat
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 ounces light beer (non alcoholic beer)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions
 

Slow Cooker Short Ribs Instructions

  • Place onions in a 5-quart (or larger) slow cooker; add ribs and bay leaf. Combine the beer, brown sugar, mustard, tomato paste, thyme, bouillon, salt and pepper. Pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove meat and vegetables to a serving platter; keep warm. Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer juices to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Instant Pot Short Ribs Instructions

  • Set everything in the Instant Pot and set it for 45 minutes at high pressure, followed by 15 minutes of natural release time for the cooking time. 
  • Remove meat and vegetables to a serving platter; keep warm. Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer juices to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Video

Notes

Weight Watcher's Nutritional Information - Beef short ribs are very high in fat. Trim as much fat as possible from them before cooking. Use a kitchen scale to measure your portions... 8 ounces (including bone) of beer braised beef short ribs = 14 points
 
Recipe graciously from Christina from ItisaKeeper.com

Nutrition

Serving: 6ouncesCalories: 1035kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 37gFat: 89gSaturated Fat: 39gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 618mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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