Balsamic Short Ribs (Slow Cooker)

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. My Ninja Slow Cooker is far and away my favorite appliance in my kitchen. Though my new Blendtec blender is closely rivaling it. Anywho, I'd never cooked short ribs before, so - like with all new meats I try - I put them in the slow cooker...because I have found that it's near impossible to mess up something in the slow cooker. After a quick Google search of an appropriate cook time for short ribs, I tried these out, and they were awesome. A fantastically simple yet flavorful dish with real ingredients and minimal prep work. Enjoy!


  • 2 lbs short ribs
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 (7 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed


  1. The night before you plan to cook the short ribs, combine all the spices (salt, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and paprika). Rub it all over your short ribs, cover and refrigerate until morning.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, water, balsamic and honey.
  3. Place your short ribs in your slow cooker and pour the sauce all over so it's all covered. Lay smashed garlic on top of and around the short ribs.
  4. Set slow cooker to LOW for 5-6 hours. The beef should be tender and fall right off the bone.

Servings: 4