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BBQ Beef Ribs in Slow Cooker


Simply delectable, these slow cooker BBQ beef ribs are moist, tender and flavorful. I suggest giving the short ribs a quick sear to seal in the flavor before placing into your slow cooker.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes


  • 3 pounds short beef ribs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup water, plus 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil


In large skillet, heat olive oil. Apply salt and black pepper to ribs. Place ribs into skillet and sear all sides, about 2-3 minutes total. Remove from pan and add to slow cooker. Combine beef stock, wine, and 1/4 cup of water and pour over ribs. Place lid on cooker, set temperature for medium heat and allow ribs to cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. At this point, the ribs will render a lot of fat. Drain ribs and place back into slow cooker. Combine barbecue sauce, 3 tablespoons of water, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, chili powder, and garlic powder until mixed through. Pour mixture over ribs and reduce heat to low. Allow ribs to cook for another 2 hours. Serve with your favorite sides.
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