Okay, so I’ve never cooked beef short ribs before and I’ve certainly never done crockpot short ribs. So, I honestly don’t know if these are the best short ribs ever, but I can say that they are the best crockpot beef short ribs I have ever had. They really were pretty darn good and possibly my new favorite food.


I was at one of those mega-market-bulk-shopping clubs and I saw this package of meat that looked great. I read the label “Short Ribs”. I have never cooked short ribs before so I passed them by. Then I started thinking about all the wonderful things I’ve heard about them and couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t cooked them before. I went back and purchased the meat.

I didn’t have a recipe so I did what any other red blooded American would do, I googled. I found this recipe for “Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs Recipe” on food.com. It had such rave reviews so I marked it.

The other morning I was trying to decide what to cook for dinner in between taxiing the children around to practices. I pulled out the frozen short ribs and realized we weren’t having those that day. I placed them in a shallow dish in the refrigerator to thaw.

The next morning they were nicely thawed and I was able to prep them for the crockpot and only made a few slight modifications to the original recipe.


  • Beef short ribs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (12 oz) can beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves pressed garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce (I did not know what this was. While searching the shelves at the store, I found two different types that identified themselves as Chili Sauce. One was sweet and one was spicy. So, I chose them both and put in 1/4 cup of each.)
  • 2 TBSP ketchup
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (the recipe called for 3/4 cups, but I thought that was a little to much)
  • chili powder


  1. In crockpot mix broth,  vinegar, garlic, onion, chili sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and chili powder.
  2. In a large skillet melt butter and sear short ribs on all sides and place immediately in the crockpot.
  3. Cook for 9 hours on low. (I had gotten off to a late start that morning and so I cooked them on high for one hour and then turned it to low for the next 6 hours).

They turned out fantastic!