Slow Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs

These shorts ribs are super tender, fall-off-the-bone. Thicken the gravy if you like and serve with mashed potatoes.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 811 kcal
Author Jeanette


  • 4 pounds short ribs on the bone
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 carrots peeled, cut into chunks
  • 2 celery stalks cut into chunks
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 6 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 4 tablespoons water
  • fresh chives or parsley chopped
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet. Place short ribs in skillet and brown on all sides. Remove short ribs to slow cooker.

  2. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic to skillet. Saute on medium heat until fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for a few minutes. 

  3. Add red wine, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and reduce wine by three quarters. 

  4. Pour mixture over short ribs in slow cooker. Add stock, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf.

  5. Cook on low for 8 hours, until very tender and meat falls off the bone. To remove as much fat as possible, strain sauce, transfer to a container and refrigerate overnight. If you don't have time to refrigerate overnight, slightly cool sauce, then transfer to a Ziploc bag. Place a saucepan and a small bowl next to each other on the counter. Place bag over saucepan and cut one of the corners of the Ziploc bag. Let sauce pour into saucepan until you see fat layer getting to bottom of the bag. Move bag immediately over small bowl for fat to pour out. 

  6. To thicken sauce, mix cornstarch with 4 tablespoons water. Heat sauce in pan until just boiling. Whisk in cornstarch slurry and cook a few minutes until slightly thickened.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts assume 2 pounds of short ribs (net of bones) and do not calculate removal of fat from sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 811 Calories from Fat 576
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 64g 98%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Potassium 826mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 78.7%
Vitamin C 5.8%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 21.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.