Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

If you're looking to whip up a meal to impress, then there's something extra special about ultra-tender, well-cooked beef short ribs. While we love short ribs in the oven, if you have the time, the slow cooker really works its magic on these babies. The cook time may feel long, but trust us—they benefit from every minute of it. The longer your ribs spend in the slow cooker, the more fall-off-the-bone tender they'll become. Whether you're looking for the perfect dinner party or date night meal, skip the fancy restaurant and make these impressive short ribs right from the comfort of your kitchen instead. 





2 tbsp. vegetable oil
5 lb. bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. rice vinegar
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. crush red pepper flakes (optional )
3 Carrots, medium, peeled and chopped into thirds
1 yellow onion, large, sliced into 1/2 inch wedges
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 inch piece ginger, thinly sliced
Toasted sesame seeds, for serving
2 green onions, thinly sliced, for serving
Cooked short grain white rice, for serving


  • Step 1
    Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, brown short ribs on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer short ribs to slow cooker and pour off all but 3 tablespoons drippings from pot.
  • Step 2
    Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.
  • Step 3
    Add carrots and onions to pan, and cook, mixing occasionally until browned. Add garlic and ginger and brown until fragrant, 1 minute more. Remove from heat and deglaze with reserved soy sauce mixture, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker.
  • Step 4
    Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 9 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours, or until the meat is very tender and falling off the bone.
  • Step 5
    Garnish short ribs with toasted sesame seeds and green onions. Spoon sauce over rice and serve.
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