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Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: Main Course
Keyword: crowd pleasers, Dairy Free, entertaining, Gluten Free, Quick Recipes, Slow Cooker
Servings: 30 sandwiches


  • 6 lbs boneless short ribs
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 bay leaf
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 12 oz. lagers
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt divided
  • 1 tablespoons pepper divided


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat
  • Working in batches season short ribs with salt and pepper and cook them for 1-2 minutes on each side until a dark golden brown crust forms - transfer seared ribs to the slow cooker
  • While the short ribs are searing, mince garlic, finley chop your onion, carrots and celery
  • Add onion, garlic, 1 beer, celery, carrots, bay leaves to pan and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Transfer mixture to slow cooker and add 2nd beer and beef broth
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours
  • Strain braising liquid and add all but two-three cups back to the slow cooker - see note
  • Shred short ribs and return them to the slow cooker with remaining braising liquid, keep on warm until you are ready to serve


  1. If you are serving over pasta, rice or mashed potatoes save all of the braising liquid
  2. This recipe works with chicken broth if you forgot to get beef broth
  3. This recipe also works with chicken thighs 
Serving Suggestions for Sliders:
  • Rolls
  • Lettuce
  • Cheddar or Havarti Cheese Squares and/or Shredded Cheese for those having in lettuce cups or without rolls
  • Caramelized Onions