Crock pot short ribs on a white platter with a red napkin
4.2 from 20 votes

Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, crock pot, short ribs, slow cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 557kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock


  • 3 medium onions - cut into wedges
  • 3 pounds to 3-1/2 bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 ounces bottled beer or nonalcoholic 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


  • Place onions in a 5-qt. 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 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.
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  • Serve over your favorite starch, mashed potatoes, rice or riced cauliflower. 
  • Try different beers. Guinness is a favorite for braising ribs or similarly add a full bodied red wine, such as Cabernet.
  • These beef ribs freeze beautifully.
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