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Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Ribs are tender and flavorful making it the perfect Fall or Winter comfort food served with mashed potatoes or your favorite vegetable.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef short ribs recipe, how to make red wine gravy, slow cooker braised beef
Servings: 6
Calories: 646kcal
Author: Bernadette


  • Slow Cooker
  • Frying pan
  • Medium pot


  • 5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1 red onion unpeeled and quartered
  • 10 cloves garlic , unpeeled
  • 1/8 cup parsley (whole leaves)
  • 1 sprig oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/3 cups beef broth
  • 3 1/4 cups red wine
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (or flour)


  • Add the quartered onion, garlic cloves, parsley, oregano, Italian seasoning, and bay leaves to a 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Season the ribs all over with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, Add the ribs and sear on all sides until browned. Add the browned ribs to the slow cooker insert, meat side down.
  • Pour in the beef broth and red wine, Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-6.
  • Once done, remove the ribs to a platter. Strain the liquid into a gravy separator or through a mesh colander into a pot.
  • At this point, once cooled, both the ribs and strained liquids can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, remove the fat from the top of the liquids. Pour into a pot and whisk in cornstarch or flour to thicken. Whisk constantly until the gravy comes to boil, then if the ribs need to be reheated add them to the pot, a few at a time, and cook on low heat until hot.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, if desired.


Nlutritional information includes the olive oil used for browning and all of the gravy. 


Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 1245mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 7mg