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Cider-Braised Beef Ribs

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Cider Braised Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Cider Braised Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Diana Rattray
These delicious beef short ribs are braised with vegetables in the slow cooker in a mixture of cider and beef broth.


  • 4 pounds beef short ribs or boneless beef ribs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth
  • 4 potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 6 carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium rutabaga, cut in chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut in wedges
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 rosemary twigs, or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons flour, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cold water, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Toss beef ribs with 3/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and onion powder. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown ribs, turning frequently to brown all sides. Pour the beef broth into a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker; add the vegetables. Arrange ribs on the vegetables, then pour 1 cup of the apple cider into the hot skillet, stirring to get all browned bits. Pour the skillet apple cider into the slow cooker along with the remaining 1 cup of apple cider. Add rosemary and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

Serve with the juices or thicken the liquids on the stovetop. If thickening, pour the juices into a saucepan; skim excess fat. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until slightly reduced and more flavorful. Combine 2 tablespoons flour with 2 tablespoons cold water, stirring until smooth. Stir into the liquid and continue cooking, stirring, until thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired.
Serves 4 to 6.

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 5 out of 5
, Member Abigailbarnes

Made this recipe for dinner tonight. I didn't have any apple cider so I used Cran Apple. It was delicious!! Meat so tender and the veggies just perfect.

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