Fork-Tender Slow Cooker Short Ribs

avatarJennafer Ashley

Enjoy a hearty meal with these fall-off-the-bone short ribs, slow-cooked in a savory broth of herbs, tomato paste, and coconut aminos.

The slow cooker does all the work with these short ribs, cooking them to tender perfection for easy serving and portioning.

Beef short ribs are a great alternative to pork, with ample meat and beefy flavor. This is a set-it-and-forget-it recipe with minimal prep and simple ingredients.

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Why Sear Your Short Ribs

Just like any other cut of meat, short ribs shine when they’re first browned in a hot pan before slow cooking. This adds caramelized texture to the meat that intensifies the flavor.

It will also infuse the broth as the short ribs cook for richer flavor. Ghee is perfect for searing because of its high smoke point. You can also use avocado oil.

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How To Make The Perfect Braising Liquid

A savory liquid is essential for tenderizing the meat and adding loads of flavor. Fresh garlic and rosemary add herby flavor and aroma while tomato paste adds a hint of tangy acidity to the dish.

Coconut aminos stand in for Worcestershire sauce, adding a hint of sweetness and deep savory flavor. Other great add-ins for the broth include thyme or shallots.

Helpful Tips To Get You Started:

  • The perfect accompaniment. Serve these short ribs over cauliflower mash for a complete low-carb and keto meal.
  • Try bone broth. Sub out beef stock for beef bone broth to boost the meal’s gut-healing benefits.
  • Slow cooker temperatures vary. Test the short ribs after 4 hours by pulling at the meat with a fork near the bone. If the meat easily pulls away, the ribs are ready.
  • Make it a gravy. You can thicken the braising liquid into a gravy by whisking in 1 to 2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour after removing the ribs.
Jennafer Ashley

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time

Total time:4 hrs
11 mins

Cook Time:4 hrs 6 mins 4 hours 6 minutes

Prep Time: 5 mins 5 minutes

Nutrition facts:63 grams of protein11 grams of carbohydrates36 grams of fat

Fork-Tender Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Recipe by:author Jennafer Ashley

Enjoy a hearty meal with these fall-off-the-bone short ribs, slow-cooked in a savory broth of herbs, tomato paste, and coconut aminos.

Ingredients

Instructions

Looking for Paleo ingredients? Here are a few we’d recommend:
Ghee (Pure Indian Foods)
Black pepper (Frontier)
Coarse sea salt (AztecSeaSalt)

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