Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs

BBQ Short Ribs
3 hours to prepare serves 6


  • 4 pounds beef short ribs
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 can beer, optional
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Mix together onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper together in a small bowl until combined.
  2. Rub mixture onto ribs, making sure to coat all sides, then set ribs aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat until oil is shimmering, then brown short ribs on both sides. Remove from heat.
  4. In a second bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, honey and mustard until combined, then brush mixture all over ribs.
  5. Spread chopped onion along the bottom of slow cooker, then place short ribs on top.
  6. Pour beer over the ribs, then cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4, or until meat pulls apart from the bone.
  7. Optional: brush ribs with sauce again and broil for 5 minutes, or until crispy.
  8. Optional: reduce BBQ sauce over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes, or until thickened.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

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