Craft Beer and Food

Monday, January 27, 2014

Beer Braised Short Ribs - Crockpot Recipe

It is winter in most parts of the northern hemisphere and a good time for easy comfort food.  I had some grass fed short ribs in my freezer that seemed to be just right for a crockpot recipe.

I combined a few recipes and this is what I came up with.

  1. Do not use an IPA for this recipe.  We used Fat Tire Amber Ale, but a dark, low hop beer or stout would be fine.  
  2. The gravy was a little heavy.  I would either omit it or make a beer based demi-glace.  I will post a recipe for this when I have created it.
  3. Shorten the cooking time to 6 hours on low.
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Crock Pot Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 t. kosher or sea salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black  pepper
1/2 t. smoked paprika
1/2 t. dried mustard
2.5 lbs. boneless beef short ribs
2 T. olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
4 carrots cut in 1 inch pieces.
2 cloves garlic, minced
Couple of sprigs fresh thyme
12 oz. full-bodied beer (may substitute beef broth)
2 T. flour
3 T. water


1. Combine flour, salt, pepper, paprika and dried mustard. Dredge ribs in flour mixture and brown in olive oil in a medium skillet.

2. Place onions, carrots and garlic in the crock pot and top with browned ribs. Pour beer (or broth) over ribs.

3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

4. Remove ribs, carrots, thyme and onions and place on a serving platter. Cover with foil to keep warm.

5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and water and add it to the beef juices in the crock pot. Set to high and stir until juices thicken into gravy. Pour gravy over ribs and serve.  

Serve over garlic mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable.