Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Slow cooker beef ribs are a favorite in our household. I especially love to stock up on them when they are on sale. 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 crock 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? I told you it wouldn’t be hard at all.


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. If it is more just the family my first idea would most likely be a hit. But if you are going on a picnic I would do the potato salad idea along with pasta, macaroni or garden variety salad.

Yield: Serves 4-6

Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Slow cooker beef ribs are a favorite in our household. I especially love to stock up on them when they are on sale. 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.

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

Ingredients

  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 lbs. beef back 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).

What Size Crockpot Should I Use?

For this recipe, I would use a 5-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 your recipe a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.

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