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Wine Braised Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

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Slow cooker beef short ribs become an easy and elegant meal when cooked in a wine sauce in the slow cooker.  I used Hearty Burgundy wine provided by Gallo Family Vineyard, as part of Mom It Forward Blogger Network, to cook the ribs low and slow for a tender, delicious meal.

Braised in red wine, beef short ribs are tender and delicious when cooked in a slow cooker Crock Pot. Cooked in a marinade of brown sugar and red wine, these beef ribs fall off the bone!


I grew up eating pork ribs and never really gave much thought to what kind of ribs I was eating.  It wasn’t until only a few years ago that I realized there are both beef and pork ribs.  Ribs were ribs, you know?

Then we started buying our beef in bulk from a local rancher and  we almost always get a couple of pounds of beef short ribs.  I had absolutely no idea what to do with these little guys.

beef short ribs

I’m always up for cooking and eating something new, but I had no idea how to cook beef short ribs.  After much research, I discovered that beef short ribs are pretty tough so the best way to them is slow and low.

I tried several different recipes but the ribs always lacked flavor and were swimming in fat. I cooked them on the stove most of the time and that didn’t really seem to work well.

beef short ribs

When Gallo Vineyards sent me a bottle of Hearty Burgundy wine, I knew I needed to find a beef recipe and cook with it.  I realized it would be perfect to cook up a batch of beef short ribs.  The dark berry and red plum with hints of oak in the wine just begged to be cooked with some hearty beef ribs.

beef short ribs

I mixed the wine with a few pantry staples to create a slightly sweet sauce for the ribs to slow cook in.   With the 1.5 L bottle available, you will have plenty leftover to serve with dinner, too.

beef short ribs

Short ribs are very fatty so I cooked this one day and then put it in the refrigerator overnight.  I was able to scoop out the hardened fat the next day and just re-warmed the ribs up right in the crock of the slow cooker. They were perfect.

But if you don’t have time for that, just serve right out of the slow cooker with a green salad and a glass of Gallo’s Hearty Burgundy wine.

This is by far the best recipe I’ve cooked for short ribs!  The ribs were tender and flavorful and delicious.

Wine Braised Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Yield: 4

Wine Braised Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

Wine Braised Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 cup sliced onion


  1. In the crock of a slow cooker combine wine, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and pepper. Stir.
  2. Add the ribs to the crock, submerging and turning to coat with sauce.
  3. Cover ribs with onion.
  4. Cook on low for 7-9 hours, basting half way through or whenever you think about it.
  5. Allow crock to cool and then refrigerate to allow fat to harden.
  6. Remove fat.
  7. Warm on high for about 1 hour prior to serving

Adapted from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.


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  • Miz Helen
    April 6, 2014

    We would just love your Braised Beef Short Ribs, awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic week!
    Miz Helen

  • Karly
    April 5, 2014

    What a fantastic meal! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • carrie
    April 4, 2014

    Oh yum! I need to try this!!!

    • Camille Gabel
      April 6, 2014

      I hope you do, Carrie! It’s a great way to make short ribs.

  • Debra
    March 31, 2014

    Yum! These look great! I have only made short ribs a few times, and the version I made was a lot more complicated than this, so I am excited to try this.

    • Camille Gabel
      March 31, 2014

      This is definitely the easiest one I tried for short ribs!

  • Heide M.
    March 24, 2014

    Sounds wonderful, Creative idea of using wine for the ribs. Thanks for posting.

    • Camille
      March 24, 2014

      Thanks Heide. It’s one of our favorites when we have short ribs.

  • Liz
    March 23, 2014

    Thank you, Camille. Nice recipe and I will try it soon.