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Slow Cooker Cream & Ale Short Ribs

These tender juicy beef short ribs and savory creamy ale sauce cooks easily in your slow cooker
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 15 minutes
Course: beef, Comfort Foods, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef short ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 755kcal


  • 4-6 lbs meaty beef short ribs
  • 1 pkg au jus gravy mix
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 oz bottle of ale or beer
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp oil for browning
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • Mix au jus gravy mix, flour, thyme and brown sugar in a small bowl, making sure to get any lumps out of the brown sugar. Place into a 4-6 quart slow cooker. FYI–I used a 3.5 quart casserole crock to make this. Add the ale and stir well to combine.
  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and brown short ribs on all sides. Remove to a plate.
  • In the same pan, saute the sliced onion and garlic, stirring constantly, for about 3-5 minutes–don’t let it burn.
  • Deglaze the pan with the 1/2 cup water; mix the onions and water into the au jus mixture in the slow cooker.
  • Place the short ribs in the slow cooker, cover and cook on HI 4-6 hours or LOW 8-10 hours (times are approximate). If using the casserole crock, please read the above post–it will probably take longer in one of those.
  • Remove the ribs to a serving plate. Stir in the heavy cream, combining well. Pour gravy over short ribs.
  • Serves about 4 people (I had 8 short ribs and allowed 2 meaty ribs per person).


Serving: 1person | Calories: 755kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 1256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 8mg