Today I have a crockpot beef short ribs recipe for you! If you instantly imagine a smokehouse or bbq pit when you think ribs, think again. When slow cooked in a crockpot, beef short ribs are more like tiny little pot roasts. Tender, juicy, and completely effortless. If the idea of tossing ingredients into a slow cooker and forgetting about it for hours appeals to you, then this crockpot beef short ribs recipe is your new BFF.
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I've been holding onto this recipe for quite a while now. I developed this when the weather was chilly, intended to share it with you all, then the summer rolled in, and a keto crockpot recipe didn't seem to fit. Now that things are cooling off and everyone is busting out their slow cookers, there's no time like the present. I've also had time to test and tweak the flavors and ingredients a little more than usual, so this beef short ribs recipe is damn near perfection. If you try it out, let me know in the comments below!
The Crockpot Beef Short Ribs Recipe
Brown your beef short ribs in a skillet before putting them in a crockpot, this will create a beautiful caramelized surface that adds extra texture and flavor to the meat.
In the bottom of the crockpot, combine softened cream cheese, beef broth, mushrooms, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. This mixture is going to be the base of the creamy mushroom sauce that coats your spare ribs; if you have any other flavors or spices to add, nows your chance!
Add the browned beef short ribs to the crockpot. You can just place them on top of the cream cheese mixture at this point. As the beef short ribs cook, the fat will render, and the drippings will melt into all the ingredients underneath. AKA even more flavor. So freaking delicious, you guys!
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. About 1-2 hours in, you can stir the contents of the slow cooker all together to coat the ribs and evenly distribute the sauce. Enjoy your new favorite crockpot beef short ribs recipe!
- Brown beef short ribs in a skillet.
- Combine cream cheese, beef broth, mushrooms, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a crockpot.
- Place beef short ribs on top of the mixture in the slow cooker.
- Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours, gently mixing every 1-2 hours.
Hi, I'm Tasha–nutritionist, recipe developer, and multi-published cookbook author.