If I haven’t yet sold you on the fact that you need to own a slow cooker…this recipe should do it. Seriously, it’s just so easy. Ten minutes of prep before you head to work in the morning, and you will return home to discover that your kitchen has gone ahead and cooked dinner for you.
Some evidence of how easy it is to cook with a slow cooker: I decided to make short ribs for the very first time just because I spotted them at Costco the other day (sidenote: Costco meat is awesome) and thought they looked fantastic, and figured I’d work the rest out once I got home.
And because slow cookers are totally unscrewupable…I did. I literally just threw in a bunch of things that I thought sounded like they would taste good together…and nine hours of ignoring the whole mess later, dinner was done.
What you need:
Short ribs (I used three to serve the two of us, with a little left over for the next day’s lunch)
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp butter
1/3 cup Coca-Cola (or similar)
1/3 cup dark beer
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
What you do:
1. Place the ribs in a bag with flour, salt (and pepper, if desired), and shake to coat.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, and brown the ribs on all sides.
3. Put the ribs in the slow cooker (pouring over the butter left in the saucepan for good measure, because why not). Add all other ingredients, and cook on low for about 8-9 hours.
Serve with sauce over garlic mashed potatoes.
(Here’s my not-feeling-so-well husband enjoying a very fancy dinner in bed.)