Slow Cooker Short Ribs

As you can imagine, I’m a busy bee. I work 40 plus hours, I go find great restaurants, I cook just about every day, and I try to keep an immaculate home (sort of). So the slow cooker is a must in my home. I was always under the impression that really, really great chefs don’t use this contraption, but then Hugh Acheson published a cookbook named The Chef and the Slow Cooker, and I feel vindicated. I prepared this amazingly delicious dish early in the morning, set the slow cooker, and ended up having the most awesome dinner at night without having missed a step, chores and errands and all. From start to beginning, this dish takes a minimum of 12 hours to prepare (with plenty of free time in the middle!}.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 pounds bone-in short ribs, cut into 1 pound portions
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 dried Juniper berries
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup port wine

Preheat the slow cooker on the low setting for at least 20 minutes. Season the ribs all over with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering, sear the short ribs in it for 3 minutes on each side, for a total of about 10 minutes, to get good color on them. Then transfer the short ribs to the slow cooker.

Add the onion, garlic, juniper berries, and rosemary sprigs to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, until the onion is starting to soften. Add the port wine and remove the skillet from the heat. Stir gently, scraping up any browned bits.

Pour the onion mixture into the slow cooker. Cover the cooker with the lid and cook on low setting for 12 to 15 hours (don’t stop cooking until that meat wants fo fall off the bone). I made the mashed sweet potatoes that Hugh Acheson accompanies this dish with (a perfect match), but of course you may choose any side!

Bon Appétit!

For more info on Hugh Acheson’s cookbook click here

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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