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Slow Cooker Bourbon Beef Short Ribs

This Slow Cooker Bourbon Beef Short Ribs recipe delivers a dish of succulent, tender short ribs infused with flavor. Best of all the crockpot allows you to set it and forget it as the beef short ribs simmer to perfection for a tasty and satisfying meal.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time4 hours 40 minutes
Course: Dinner, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Braised Beef Short Ribs, Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, Slow Cooker Bourbon Short Ribs
Servings: 4 people
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine



  • 4 lb bone-in beef short ribs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 carrots cubed
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos substitute for soy
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour sub for GF flour


  • Season short ribs generously with salt and pepper on all sides. Set aside.
  • Select the brown/ sauté mode on your slow cooker. Set the temperature to 400F degrees. Add oil, when oil is very hot add in beef short ribs (see notes)
  • Brown beef on all sides. Work in batches if you need to but do not overcrowd the slow cooker (about 15 minutes). Transfer beef short ribs to a plate.
  • Using the oil and browned bits that are left in the slow cooker, sauté the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery until softened (about 5-6 minutes).
  • Stir in red wine vinegar, coconut aminos (or soy) and bourbon. Let the liquid reduce by half (about 3 minutes)
  • Whisk in the tomato paste and four until mixture has thickened (about 1 minute).
  • Stir in the broth and whisk to combine. Turn off sauté mode.
  • Transfer beef back to the slow cooker. Top with fresh thyme. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.


  • If your slow cooker/ crock pot does not have a brown/ sauté function do this step on stove top. 
  • Do not overcrowd the beef, if you need to work in batches so the beef browns on all sides.


Calories: 786kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 1487mg | Potassium: 1555mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5227IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 9mg