Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Prep Time
Cook Time
5h 15m
Ready In

"There's a ton of short rib recipes and I've probaby tried most of them however this one has stayed a favorite"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (464.3 g)
  • Calories 888.6
  • Total Fat - 56.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 22.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 193.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1038.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 36.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.8 g
  • Sugars - 24.1 g
  • Protein - 59.2 g
  • Calcium - 56.6 mg
  • Iron - 7.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cover the bottom of the slow-cooker with onions and garlic. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the ribs on all sides with salt & pepper. Sear the ribs in batches in the hot oil. Place in slow cooker with the onions. Cook on Low for 5 hours.

Step 2

To make the sauce, combine stirring the chili sauce, preserves, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, Dijon, and cloves in a saucepan and heat over medium for about 5 minutes just to warm.

Step 3

Open the slow cooker and remove any fat in the juices from the ribs. Then pour the sauce in the slow cooker to cover the ribs, replace the lid of the slow cooker, and turn heat up to High. Cook for 30 more minutes, or you could finish cooking the ribs and sauce in the oven.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


I have never made short ribs before, and we were all amazed at how easy and delicious this recipe was. I actually cooked them for an hour more than suggested as I was late getting back from shopping. I then removed them from the crock pot and slathered the sauce on them and finished them under the broiler. Extremely tender and delicious. The extra hour caused them to fall off their bones. I also served them with mashed potatoes, asparagus and the cooked onions from the crockpot. I will be making this again. Simply said, DELICIOUS! Made for Billboard tag.


review by:
(29 Jun 2013)


I would give this recipe more than 5 stars - I loved it. The sauce is wonderful. The ribs were turned on at 11:30, added the sauce at 4:45 and served dinner at 5:45 - Perfect. This goes to the top of my list for short ribs.I cut the recipe in half cooking only 4 ribs. Thanks ClearWaterCook for a lovely Sunday dinner 30 Sept2015 Made this delicious recipe again. Before adding the sauce I removed the ribs and onions from the crock pot emptying out all the fat drippings. Replaced ribs & onions, poured in the sauce and let it cook for 1 more hour. They were so moist & tender. 5 March 17 made for the 3rd time.This is a very tasty recipe. The ribs come out so tender. I thought I had a jar of Chili but when I looked no chili so I subbed it with a 398 ml tin of Fire Roasted Salsa.Again I only cooked 4 short ribs but made the whole sauce. It was wonderful over noodles. This recipe will be made again for sure.


review by:
(4 Feb 2013)

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