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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Winter. Comfort Food.  I decided to drop some beef short ribs in the slow cooker for a quick and easy Sunday supper, and scoured the internet for recipes.  I came up with one, and decided to do a little tweaking.

You’ll need:
  • 3 lbs beef short ribs (I used boneless)
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped (I had a small onion, so added a shallot as well)
  •  1/4 cup flour
  •  1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup bbq sauce  (I chose Bone Suckin’ Sauce – make your own, or just try to find one that doesn’t have too much sugar!)
  • Yellow mustard for rub, plus 1 TBSP for sauce

Buy your short ribs. Don’t trim them. Give them a light coat of yellow mustard, and then season with a good bbq rub, either store bought or make your own. There are tons of recipes online. Place in fridge for as little as an hour, or up to overnight.
Remove from fridge and brown the ribs on all sides.

Place the ribs in the slow cooker, top with chopped onions, and then the rest of the combined ingredients.
Cover with a lid and set your slow cooker for 6 hours.  Run errands or grab a beer.
After 6 hours, remove ribs from slow cooker and place on baking sheet.  Coat with some sauce from slow cooker and place in 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. This step caramelizes the sauce and gives the ribs some extra flavor.
Remove fat from the rest of the sauce (still in slow cooker), and then pour back in to keep warm. I have one of those grease separators, which is really an indispensable kitchen gadget!
Pull ribs from oven, plate, ladle sauce to taste.  Add your sides and you are done. Try mashed potatoes and something green.  

Kid test:  They loved it.