Crock Pot Short Ribs – Easy Meal

Crockpot Short Ribs

What could be easier than crock pot cooking? Throw in a few ingredients, turn it on, and come back hours later and you have a delicious meal. These fork tender Crock Pot Short Ribs cook in a savory rosemary, red wine, tomato sauce. Sound good? If so, remember to SHARE this post on Facebook or Pinterest! 

There’s nothing that smells as good as the home cooked goodness of meat after it’s cooked for hours! These short ribs can be served over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, layered onto a bun as a sandwich, or served over pan browned piergoies, which is how I served them. The piergoies were an interesting combination, but I would lean in the direction of mashed potatoes the next time I make this dish.

Crock Pot Short Ribs

Serving Size: 4-6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cup red wine (I'd recommend a Merlot or something with some fruitiness - but not sweet)
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons beef granules / bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3-4 medium carrots, peeled or scrubbed clean, cut diagonally into 3" pieces
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 boneless short ribs (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • freshly snipped chives, optional
  • mashed potatoes, optional


  • In a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker whisk together 1/2 cup of the wine, tomato paste, flour, beef granules and balsamic vinegar. After combined, continue to whisk in the rest of the wine.
  • Add garlic, carrots, fresh rosemary, salt and pepper and short ribs. Mix together to coat ribs.
  • Cook until the meat is tender and easily pulls apart, 7-8 hours on high (10-12 hours on low), stirring occasionally.
  • Shred meat into chunks. After plating ribs, you can sprinkle with snipped chives, if desired, and serve with mashed potatoes or whatever side you prefer.


Adapted from Women's Day February 2015 Piergoies and Slow Cooker Ribs recipe.

4 thoughts on “Crock Pot Short Ribs – Easy Meal

  1. I will give this recipe a try, I love ribs and don’t have the time to do them the long cooking way, so I never make them.

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