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Slow Cooker Italian Short Ribs

Marybeth Feutz
Are you looking for a delicious, steakhouse quality dinner at home? These Slow Cooker Italian Short Ribs are it! Treat yourself with this easy recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Course Main
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 2-3 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 4-6 cups beef broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Cut short ribs into single-rib sections and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Working in batches, sear ribs on all sides in the hot skillet. You want the outsides of the ribs to brown. Two to three minutes per side should be plenty.
  • Transfer ribs to slow cooker.
  • Use 1/2 cup beef broth to deglaze the pan, and pour this over the ribs.
  • Layer chopped onion over ribs.
  • Crush the Italian seasoning in your palms, and sprinkle over the ribs.
  • Pour beef broth over ribs. Your slow cooker should be nearly full, and the ribs should be almost (or completely) covered with broth.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Ribs are done when they are fork-tender.
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