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20 minutes of prep is all it takes to get these beer braised short ribs ready for the crock pot and ensure that they come out oh SO juicy and tender that they fall right off the bone.
Add onion, carrot, celery and a large pinch of salt and pepper to the pan. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add smashed garlic, sage and thyme.
Stir together and cook for one minute.
Transfer veggies to the slow cooker insert.
Add seared beef ribs.
Then pour in your fave beer.
Pour in beef broth and add bay leaves and another couple large pinches of salt and pepper.
Time to make the gravy! Remove three cups of braising liquid from the slow cooker and pour it through a mesh strainer into a small saucepan over medium heat. Combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons cold water until dissolved. Add that to the sauce pan and stir to combine.
Simmer gravy over medium to medium-low heat for about 5 minutes or until it thickens significantly (and almost seems TOO thick).
Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve beef ribs with gravy alongside my super easy garlic mashed potatoes, garnish with fresh parsley and ENJOY!
You'll Love These
- They are the ultimate comfort food! I'm not sure if there is anything more comforting than a plate filled with homemade mashed potatoes, tender shredded beef and creamy beef gravy. It will warm you up from the inside out and fill you with that cozy, home cooked nostalgia.
- They take just 20 minutes to prep and the crock pot does all the work for you! The beef gets a quick sear in olive oil and then the veggies do their thang for a few minutes in the rendered beef fat and that's it! Add beer, broth and bay leaves - the essential B's for every beer braise - set your slow cooker for 8 hours and come back to a hearty, comforting, fall-off-the-bone tender short ribs!
- They're an impressive date night dinner or main dish for your next family holiday get together! This dish is really something special. I like to serve it for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner because seriously, everyone is SO over the traditional ham and dry turkey that are normally served at these holiday get-togethers. Surprise your friends and family this year with something they'll love!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I use a different cut of meat instead of short ribs?
- Yes! Sometimes I can't find short ribs and I'll substitute a beef chuck roast instead. In fact, I have a bourbon braised beef recipe where I used a chuck roast (cut into short rib size pieces) and it is definitely one of the fan favorites here at Midwest Foodie!
- This is a good recipe to use a less expensive cut of meat as braising it in the slow cooker will make the meat super tender and juicy.
- If you're curious what other cuts of meat might work in this recipe, this article gives great information about the primal cuts of beef and what they're best used for.
- What kind of beer should I use?
- I suggest a beer that you enjoy drinking for these beer braised slow cooker short ribs. We always have IPA on hand so that's typically what I use for this recipe. A porter, lager, amber ale or even a stout would work will in this recipe. Try to find a full bodied beer as it will give you more flavor in the dish.
- Whatever you choose, please don't use Bud Light or Coors or the like. This is a good opportunity for you to try a locally made beer or something you maybe haven't had before. Be adventurous, be daring - try new beer!
- What if I don't like beer?
- My motto is: If you don't like beer, you haven't had the right beer (and let's be honest, most people's experience with beer is Bud Light or Coors...). And as long as we're going there: If you don't like IPAs you haven't tried the right IPA! Try Gunpowder IPA from The Brewing Projekt and then tell me you don't like IPAs?!?!?!
- Personally, I'm more of a wine girl myself, but I LOOOOOOVVEEE sour beers. Like, really love. And I never would have known if I hadn't tried!
- Microbreweries are everywhere now and they typically offer a very wide variety of beers. So head down to your local brewery, tell the bartender what you think you'd enjoy (light vs. dark, fruity vs. hoppy, sour vs. sweet) and let them help you choose some beers to try. Most places will offer a flight so you can sample without commitment.
- Use a good quality beer. Bud Light should not be used in this recipe. Honestly Bud Light should never be used in any recipe! Find a good quality beer that you like the taste of.
- You can sub beef chuck roast for short ribs. If you can't find beef short ribs, feel free to substitute beef chuck roast instead. If I have the time, I will cut the roast into short rib sized pieces for easy portion control and serving.
- Don't skip the sear! Searing the beef short ribs is going to add a very important layer of flavor. It might seem like an annoying extra step, but it's well worth the extra time and effort!
- You can skip sauteing the onion, carrots and celery if you're short on time. BUT the extra flavor that the rendered beef fat adds to the veggies is second to none and worth every extra minute - I promise!
- You can also skip the slow cooker and make these right in a dutch oven on the stove top! Follow the recipe instructions below, searing the meat and sauteing the veggies and herbs right in the dutch oven. Then add remaining ingredients the dutch oven, bring to a simmer and COVER. Simmer, over medium low to low heat for about 2.5-3 hours or until the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender!
Slow Cooker Favorites
- Slow Cooker Short Rib Beef Stroganoff
- Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Tacos
- Slow Cooker Bourbon Braised Beef
- Slow Cooker Beer Braised Pork Carnitas
- Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Chili
This post was originally published in October of 2018. It was updated in August 2019 to include process shots and tips for making the best beer braised short ribs every single time!