Slow Cooker Italian Beef Short Ribs

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon salt (to season ribs)
  • 1 tablespoon pepper (1 season ribs)
  • 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (for sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves (torn by hand)
  • 1 handful parsley (for garnish at end)


  • First, preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Now add salt and pepper to both sides of the short ribs and place on a sheet tray.
  • OPTIONAL: If you have the time place in fridge overnight. This is so the salt seasons all the way through the beef. This is optional and you can just put directly in oven.
  • Next, place sheet tray in oven 15 minutes on middle rack. The short ribs should be brown.
  • Now add tomatoes, garlic powder, honey, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, basil, onion, and carrots to the slow cooker. Mix and break up tomatoes with spoon or potato masher.
  • Next, nestle the short ribs in the sauce.
  • Finally, cover and cook for 8 hours on low. When finished garnish with parsley.