Slow-Cooked German Short Ribs


Dust off your slow cooker. This recipe is worth it. I love coming home to a waiting meal!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 pounds beef short ribs

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • ½ cup chile sauce

  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup water


  1. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons flour, salt, and pepper. Coat the short ribs with the flour mixture.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown short ribs in olive oil.

  3. In a slow cooker, combine onions, wine, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and chili powder. Mix thoroughly. Transfer the short ribs from the skillet to the slow cooker.

  4. Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

  5. Remove ribs, and turn the slow cooker control to High. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour with 1/4 cup water, and stir into the sauce. Cook for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

589 Calories
46g Fat
15g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 589
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 369mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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