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Fall Off the Bone Short Ribs

Such an easy and flavorful dish! The perfect comfort food for when the weather starts to turn chilly. This recipe utilizes a slow cooker. Aside from a little prep's a "make and wait" dish!


  • 2 packs of short ribs (approx. 3 lbs)

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 1 tbsp oil

  • 2 tbsp butter, divided*

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

  • Salt and Pepper

  • 1 tbsp cornstartch**


  1. Season short ribs with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat skillet over high heat and add butter and oil. Once the skillet is hot, sear the ribs on all sides. Put ribs in the slow cooker.

  3. In the same skillet, add onion, garlic, beef broth, wine, brown sugar, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme.

  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

  5. Pour mixture over the short ribs.

  6. Cook in slow cooker for 8 hours on low.

  7. Once done cooking, remove short ribs and put on a separate plate.

  8. To thicken sauce, whisk together 1 cup of the mixture and 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Put in a separate pot. Add remaining mixture. Bring to a boil, while whisking, and allow sauce to thicken to desired consistency.

  9. Pour sauce over short ribs.

  10. Enjoy!


*For this recipe, I cut the each rib in half. I used a cast iron skillet and seared two ribs at a time with 1 tbsp of butter each (total 2 tbsp butter).

**You can chose to thicken sauce and pour over top. Mark said the beef was flavorful and tender enough that it didn't need any additional sauce.

***And yes, the meat really does fall off the bone!

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