Slow-Cooked German Short Ribs Recipe -
Slow-Cooked German Short Ribs Recipe
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Slow-Cooked German Short Ribs

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs 20 mins

    8 hrs 45 mins


  1. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons flour, salt, and pepper. Coat the short ribs with the flour mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown short ribs in olive oil.
  3. In a slow cooker, combine onions, wine, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and chili powder. Mix thoroughly. Transfer the short ribs from the skillet to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Remove ribs, and turn the slow cooker control to High. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour with 1/4 cup water, and stir into the sauce. Cook for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 30, 2008

Oh. My. Goodness. Just finished eating dinner and it was awesome. I used 4 pounds of short ribs and doubled the sauce on the advice of other reviewers. I did reduce the sugar and would reduce it even more next time. I didn't have any chile sauce so I used ketchup and some hot sauce, a nice dry red wine and half a can of beef broth. Cooked these ribs in my crock pot on high for 2 hours and then on low for about 4 hours. The bones all fell out of the meat and I didn't even need a knife to cut through! Be sure to skim the fat off before you boil the sauce at the end of cooking. Served this with mashed yukon gold potatoes to catch all that yummy gravy and steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Next time I will reduce the sugar a little more and maybe add a bay leaf and some herbs like rosemary and thyme. Can't wait to attack those leftovers tomorrow!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2011

This came out well, no major issues with the cooking. However, flavor was off. Way too sweet, not enough flavor depth, perhaps decreasing the sweetness woud change this? Between the chili sauce and brown sugar it was just to much.

Oct 11, 2006

I made a few changes to this recipe. Instead of the 1/4 c of water, I used extra red wine. I also only used 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar total. I write this because I doubled the sauce, as others suggested, and I strongly suggest doing, as well. Brown the sort ribs in a bit of olive oil before putting them in the slow cooker. We both really liked the way this turned out.

Jan 07, 2004

These are very tasty, with a nice sweet-sour flavor. I wondered about the chili powder in a German recipe, but it was good. I made these for a potluck dinner at church and all that was left were a couple of rib bones and some sauce. I didn't find it necessary to thicken the sauce at the end with the flour-water mixture. Also, I took a hint from another slow cooker recipe for short ribs and cooked these the day before, then refrigerated overnight. All the fat congealed on the top and was easy to remove. I then just reheated for the dinner.

May 16, 2008

This was better than the short ribs at Bouchon in Vegas. I made a few changes: -browned and slow cooked in dutch oven for 6 hours -used ketchup instead of chili sauce -to thicken at the end, I took out the ribs and put it on high heat while stirring reducing the sauce by 50%.

Oct 18, 2007

this was amazing. Served it over mashed potatos in a bowl and husband was a little leary of this saying it kind of tasted like sweet and sour until we put it over the mashed potatos and then even he ate a whole bowl of it....the only issue next time may be to leave out the vinegar....otherwise everyone thought this was wonderful and it is a new comfort food meal. As a note, I made with boneless short ribs and they kind of fell apart they were so tender, which was perfect over teh mashed potatos....reminds me of something you might get in a soul food restaurant down in the south, oddly....A must try!!! oh and have your butcher at your grocery store trim all the fat off of the short ribs ahead of time, takes them about a minute and cuts down on the fat...I had no fat buildup by doing this...they do it for free, you just have to ask!

Oct 01, 2005

I have used a very similar recipe as this for years. My recipes' portions are a little different. IT IS GREASY! Here's a tip: More than double the sauce. Set half of the sauce aside. About 30 to 60 mins. before serving I strain the sauce from the crock pot and add the sauce that I had set aside. I freeze the strained sauce in an ice cube tray, after frozen I put into a freezer bag and put one or two into beef soups and gravy. Good luck and thanks for the recipe.

Dec 25, 2003

This is absolutely delicious, especially the sauce it makes. My fiance thinks short ribs are a little "too fatty" so next time I think I will try making a chuck roast using this recipe. Highly recommend this recipe. Oh, also, I didn't use a slow cooker. Just browned in a dutch oven and finished in a 325 degree oven for about 3 hours. Perfectly tender.


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  • Calories
  • 589 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 93 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 46.4 g
  • 71%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 22.7 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 471 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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