Slow Cooker Short Ribs

It’s hot outside.  Damn hot.  If you wanna keep the house cool, don’t even bother turning on the stove or the oven.  Crank up the grill or the slow cooker.  Today is a slow cooker kind of day.
I am obsessed with short ribs.  They are tender and flavorful.  They go with any kind of sauce you can dream up, usually perfected after hours and hours of braising.
A lot of short rib recipes call for sugar, honey, molasses, etc., and the only sugar in this recipe is what comes in the ketchup.  I suggest using organic ketchup so that you avoid high-fructose corn syrup in the ketchup’s ingredients.

This is tangy, melt-in-your-mouth, low carb short rib goodness.

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Carnivore, Keto, Low Carb, NSNG, Paleo


  • 2-4 lbs boneless beef short ribs
  • Salt & Pepper to season ribs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped (ok to use 1 tsp dried oregano)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce or tamari
  • Pinch smoky hawaiian black salt, found in specialty markets, or use sea salt
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme


  • Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Place ribs in slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, whisk remaining ingredients into a sauce. Pour over ribs and dredge ribs in the sauce. Cook on high in covered crock pot for 3 hours or until ribs are fall-apart tender. Remove thyme sprigs before serving.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!




  • Sarah B. / Reply


  • OMG! That sounds yummy! I LOVE me some Short Ribs!! I am definitely going to try this recipe soon!! <br /><br />Cherie

  • You had me at short ribs. All of those herbs sound great on them. Thanks!

  • Made them last weekend and turned out great!<br /><br />Thanks,<br /><br />Alex

  • Made them last weekend and turned out Great!<br /><br />Thanks,<br /><br />Alex

  • Big hit with the family! Thanks for making me look so good in the kitchen!

  • Anonymous / Reply

    I&#39;ve made several times for my husband and he absolutely loves! It actually was the first recipe I made with a crock pot. I do double the sauce to really coat the meat and double the goodness!

  • I&#39;ve made these twice now – incredible!

  • i&#39;ve made these twice now – so good!

  • These are AWESOME!! And sooooo easy. Thanks Anna for another winner.

  • SierraSkies / Reply

    I was a little unsure how these would be with so little liquid (It was only my 2nd attempt to use a crockpot) but they turned out fantastic exactly as written except with reduced sugar ketchup. The sauce was so good I slathered it over mashed potatoes too!

    • Every time I make them I think the same thing about there might not be enough liquid, but then there always is. So glad you liked them!!

  • Basic question: what am i looking for at the butcher shop or grocery store. Are they just called “short ribs” is is pork or beef?

  • Boneless beef short ribs. I just bought some today from Ralph’s, which is the traditional grocery store in these here parts.

  • Making these this weekend!

  • Anna, I don’t have a crockpot, can I cook them in a le Creuset ? oven or on the stove ? how long, what temp. ?
    I really really want to make these…..thx

  • Buy a crock pot!! It’s the best invention known to man!! And you can get a Rival Crock Pot at Target for $17.

    Ok, ok, ok, so not everyone wants to run out and buy a crockpot–YES you can definitely use a LeCreuset. I would boil the liquid first, then turn down the heat, add in the short ribs, and simmer for 3-4 hours or until tender.

  • I only have short ribs with bones, how long should I cook them

  • For short ribs with bones, cook them twice as long, and until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.

  • Sooooo Good!! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  • Eileen / Reply

    I want to prepare these. Do you use dry mustard or prepared mustard? If it’s prepared, does it matter if it Dijon style? Thank you.

    • Hi Eileen!
      I use plain ol’ yellow mustard, but you could also do brown mustard, dijon, or even spicy mustard for some kick.

  • Taylor Cunningham / Reply

    Bought beef ribs with bones at Costco – I didn’t realize just how big they were, they won’t fit in my crockpot :(. I have them on the stove now instead. Crossing my fingers they’re still as yummy and falling off the bone!

    • Lemme know how it turned out–I think you bought regular large beef ribs and not short ribs b/c short ribs are definitely small enough to fit into a crock pot or slow cooker!

  • How long would it take on low setting?

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