Crockpot Beef Short Ribs Recipe with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Low Carb Beef Short Ribs Recipe - Keto Crockpot Recipe

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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Crockpot Beef Short Ribs Recipe with Creamy Mushroom Sauce [Low Carb, Keto, Slow Cooker]

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!

Crockpot Beef Short Ribs Recipe with Creamy Mushroom Sauce - Low Carb, Keto, Gluten Free

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!

Keto Crockpot Recipe - Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs - Low Carb

Low Carb Beef Short Ribs Recipe - Keto Crockpot Recipe
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Crockpot Beef Short Ribs Recipe with Creamy Mushroom Sauce [Low Carb, Keto]

Beef short ribs slow cooked in a creamy mushroom sauce

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Special Diet Gluten-Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 365 kcal
Author Tasha Metcalf


  • 2 pounds beef short ribs
  • 3 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups white mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Brown beef short ribs in a skillet.
  2. Combine cream cheese, beef broth, mushrooms, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a crockpot.
  3. Place beef short ribs on top of the mixture in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours, gently mixing every 1-2 hours.
Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Beef Short Ribs Recipe with Creamy Mushroom Sauce [Low Carb, Keto]
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 422mg 18%
Potassium 295mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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    • I use my instant pot all the time for short ribs, but often don’t have much luck with creamy sauces when I’ve tried. I’m sure there’s a way, but this one, in particular, ends up more watery than creamy in a pressure cooker. Still tasty, but the sauce is definitely thin. In a slow cooker, the liquid has the ability to cook off and reduce while the pressure cooker traps it inside. Hope that helps!

  • Hi! This looks so good. We have a severe mushroom allergy in the family, what would you recommend subbing for the mushrooms?

    • I know it sounds a little weird, but if you slow cook radishes in the crockpot they soak up the flavor of the other ingredients and soften up like potatoes. The texture is really spot on to slow cooked potato and they don’t taste like radishes one bit. If you can’t do mushrooms, you could give that a try! Radishes are one of my favorites in a slow cooker and super low in carbs.

      You could leave the mushrooms out altogether without a substitute and I’m sure it would be quite tasty without!

  • This was amazing! Although I made a few minor additions (pinch of time and a pinch of rosemary) , and deglazed the pan with a few tablespoons of wine, this would still be incredible as written. I have to please my husband who is not on a keto diet and he loved it as well, I just added some white rice for him; and he was blown away. This will definitely be one of those faves that you crave.

  • Wow! I couldn’t imagine the cream cheese making a good sauce. I was so wrong. Delicious. I’d make this whether on keto diet or not. In the regular rotation, for sure!

  • These are just so amazing! I mean, AMAZING! Following the recipe to the letter, I repeated it with country pork ribs as well. The gravy was a little thinner with the country pork ribs, so I reduced the liquid by simmering about 10 minutes. Both are worthy of any dinner with guests-but, it’s great as a gift to yourself. My DH was so pleased that he asked for more—not a common request, as he is not a big eater. I will be using this as a go-to from now on. Thank you for such a simple, yet dynamic feast! Keto has transformed my life and your creativity with food inspires me! Blessings.

  • These were amazing—will try radishes next time in addition to the mushrooms! I love my new Keto lifestyle and the real me underneath years of sorrow. Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  • This was soooo good! And almost better as leftovers. I wanted to use what I had on hand- so unfortunately did not have mushrooms. I used white onions instead, and chicken bone broth, and it is still really excellent! Also my shortribs were without the bone. I let it cook for 6 hours in the slow cooker on low and i have to say – these are perfect with some keto cauliflower mash!! 🙂 Thank you!

    • You could try sautéed veggies or a puree/mash. If you like cauliflower mash, you could serve that with the sauce on top like gravy. Or you could try rice, maybe? Cauliflower rice for you with a pot of grain rice for your guests?

  • Made this today for a friend tonight … sauce def separating and not white. I’m thinking I will skim off some fat and then blend sauce with a little more cream cheese. Anyone got any other ideas?? Thanks.

  • This. Is. SPECTACULAR. Made this for the second time the other day, and we just cannot get enough. The first time, I could not find any short ribs with the bone in at any store near me, so I ended up making it with boneless short ribs, and it was delicious. The second time, with the bone in, the flavor was even more rich and delicious. Perfect on a cold late fall/winter day, and refrigerates/reheats perfectly. Thank you for this recipe! I am definitely working this into my regular rotation from now on. Melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness!

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