Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

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Slow cooker beef ribs are a favorite in our household. I love the versatility of what you can serve with beef ribs. But what is even better is how easy crockpot beef ribs are to prepare.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Are Slow Cooker Beef Ribs Hard to Make?

The answer is no, they are actually very easy to make, especially in a slow cooker.

You are going to need to heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and season the ribs with the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. 

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Next, you will add half of the seasoned ribs to the hot skillet.

Brown the ribs, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.

Once browned, transfer ribs from the skillet to a platter. Repeat process with the remaining ribs and an additional tablespoon of olive oil.

You will then want to transfer the second batch of ribs to the platter once browned.

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Then, pour the remaining oil into the skillet and add the shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot softens and develops some color, approximately 3-4 minutes.

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

You will then deglaze the skillet by pouring in the beef broth and gently scraping the bottom of the skillet with a spatula to incorporate the flavorful brown bits into the liquid.

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

After deglazing, add the strained tomatoes, chipotle powder, dried oregano, and maple syrup to the skillet.

Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine.

Cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce is heated through.

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Now it is time to transfer the browned ribs to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker and top with the tomato sauce mixture. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.

See how easy that was? The best part is that when the cooking time is over these ribs are fall off the bone tender, perfectly flavorful, and finger licking good!

What Goes Well with Crockpot Beef Ribs?

If you are looking for low-key dinner sides instead of being fancy you can do cottage cheese or waffle fries.

A nice potato salad would be a perfect complement to these crockpot beef ribs too.

It all depends on what type of dinner you are putting on. Having a picnic? I would do the potato salad idea along with pasta, macaroni or garden variety salad.

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Slow cooker beef ribs are a favorite in our household. I love the versatility of what you can serve with beef ribs. But what is even better is how easy crockpot beef ribs are to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 pounds beef ribs
  • ½ t. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • ½ c. beef broth
  • ¾ c. strained tomatoes
  • ¼ t. chipotle powder
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1½ T. real maple syrup
  • 2 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and season the ribs with the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add half of the seasoned ribs to the hot skillet. Brown the ribs, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Once browned, transfer ribs from the skillet to a platter. Repeat process with the remaining ribs and an additional tablespoon of olive oil. Transfer the second batch of ribs to the platter once browned.
  3. Pour remaining oil into the skillet and add the shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot softens and develops some color, approximately 3-4 minutes. 
  4. Deglaze the skillet by pouring in the beef broth and gently scraping the bottom of the skillet with a spatula to incorporate the flavorful brown bits into the liquid.
  5. Add the strained tomatoes, chipotle powder, dried oregano, and maple syrup to the skillet. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce is heated through.
  6. Transfer the browned ribs to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker crock and top with the tomato sauce mixture. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  7. Spoon some of the sauce over the ribs and garnish with fresh parsley before serving. Enjoy! 

Notes

3 hours on high or 6 hours on low (as the recipe mentions).

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 881Total Fat 71gSaturated Fat 27gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 35gCholesterol 191mgSodium 276mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 52g

These recipes are calculated as a courtesy. They are not intended as medical advice or guaranteed accurate. Please do your own calculations if necessary.

What Size Crockpot Should I Use?

For this recipe, I would use a 7-quart crockpot. You may also want to use a crockpot liner which allows for less mess when it is time to clean up.

If you want to double a recipe to freeze a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.

Try some of these other delicious recipes in the slow cooker:

Here in the world of all things slow cooker we have tons of great beef recipes for you to try! Check out the beef stew. It’s hearty, delicious, and an all around great weeknight dinner meal! Another favorite is the slow cooker beef and broccoli. It’s great for healthier at home take out style meals!

Looking for a classic? Try out the roast beef sandwiches made with the Crockpot, so juicy and tender!

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