Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Short Ribs Recipe @fifteenspatulas

The short rib is one of the only cuts of meat that you can say “melts in your mouth.” And it’s also one of the best matches made in heaven for the slow cooker.

I was late to get on the slow cooker bandwagon, but now I’m completely obsessed with crockpot cooking. My spontaneous $20 purchase last April turned into one of my biggest bang-for-your-buck kitchen items, as I seriously use my slow cooker nearly every day. I imagine as we head into winter, it will be even more!

Crockpot Short Ribs Recipe @fifteenspatulas

To make these short ribs, the first thing you want to do is outside of the crockpot, but it’s worth it and only takes a few minutes.

Heat up a big skillet (preferably cast-iron) and sear the short ribs on all sides, until brown and caramelized:

Browned Beef Short Ribs Recipe

While the short ribs cook (or afterward), work on prepping the base of your crockpot, which includes carrot, celery, onion, and some herbs:

Beef Short Ribs in the Slow Cooker

Add the browned short ribs directly on top of the vegetables:

Red Wine Beef Short Ribs Crockpot

Add wine, beef stock, and honey, and let the short ribs cook away for 10-12 hours until they’re super tender.

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs


Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs


  • grapeseed oil
  • 2 lbs bone-in short ribs
  • 1 softball sized yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper


  1. Pat the short ribs dry with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture and season the short ribs all over with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat up a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium high heat, and enough grapeseed oil to barely coat the bottom of the pan. Sear the short ribs on all sides for about 4 minutes until brown and caramelized. Remove from the heat.
  3. Place the sliced onion, sliced carrot, and sliced celery into your slow cooker pot, and add the thyme, bay leaf, and a big pinch of salt. Toss it all together with your fingers, then place the browned short ribs directly on top of the vegetables. Pour in the wine, beef stock, and honey, and cook on low for 8-12 hours, until the short ribs are tender and falling off the bone. You will be able to narrow this time down when you figure out what works for your exact slow cooker, but once it’s tender it’s ready. Enjoy!
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