These Slow Cooker Short Ribs are cooked gently in the slow cooker until tender and falling off the bone. They’re flavored with red wine and classic vegetables, for an easy and delicious weeknight meal! 

Slow Cooker Short Ribs - With Fork and Knife Showing Tender Texture

The beef short rib is one of the only cuts of meat that you can say almost truly melts in your mouth. It’s unreal how tender the meat is, and it shreds like a dream.

It also happens to be one of the best matches made in heaven for the slow cooker. With a little prep, you can combine them with a handful of supporting ingredients and let it cook gently.

When slow cookers started becoming really popular, I was a little wary of getting on the bandwagon, but now I’m completely obsessed with crockpot cooking. My spontaneous $15 purchase turned into one of my biggest bang-for-your-buck kitchen items, as I seriously use my slow cooker nearly every day.

I make things like this Crockpot Chicken Breast so I always have lean protein on hand for salads, and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for burritos.

Crockpot Short Ribs - in Green Ceramic Bowl with Carrots and Veggies

These Slow Cooker Short Ribs are easy enough to be a regular meal as well, and I always make sure to stock up when I see beef short ribs on sale at the grocery store. Just make sure to thaw the short ribs before putting them in the slow cooker, because you never want to cook meat straight from frozen.

How to Make Slow Cooker Short Ribs:

The first thing you want to do is outside of the slow cooker, 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 Rib Held by Tongs

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

Celery, Carrots, Onion, Herbs, and Bay Leaf in Slow Cooker Vessel

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

Nestling Browned Short Ribs into Crock

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

Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs Served in Green Bowl with Veggies

What to Serve with Short Ribs:


Slow Cooker Short Rib in Green Dish with Fork and Knife Splitting it Up

Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs

 Bone-in Short Ribs are cooked in the slow cooker until tender and falling off the bone. It's such an easy and delicious weeknight meal!

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  • neutral cooking 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


  • 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.
  • Heat up a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium high heat, and enough 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.
  • 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!


Calories: 383kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 240mg, Potassium: 827mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 2550IU, Vitamin C: 0.9mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 4.2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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