This Crock-Pot creation is one of those low-effort meals with restaurant-worthy results! It’s the ultimate cold-weather comfort food, particularly when poured with a glass of red wine. 

The base of your beef can vary depending on your mood. Of course, I look for any excuse to twirl noodles, but potatoes, pappardelle, or polenta work great, too! 

Serves 4 


  • 3.5-4 pounds bone-in short ribs 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 1 shallot, diced 
  • cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 bottle dry red wine 
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • Salt + pepper


Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season short ribs liberally with salt and pepper. Add short ribs (in two batches) to the pan and sear for three minutes per side, forming a crispy crust. 

Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker and stir. Nestle short ribs in an even layer. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours. 

Once cooked, remove the lid and skim the fat off the surface with a small spoon. Remove ribs from meat (this should happen with zero effort), and use two forks to lightly shred beef. Stir cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water in a small bowl until smooth, then stir into Crock- Pot. Let sit on “warm” for five minutes or so. Taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed. 

Serve over a starch of your choice. 

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