Slow Cooker Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

Hello blog world! I have another cozy recipe for you today. Perfect for fall, winter, holidays, sweater-weather, lazy days, days when you want a comforting meal but don’t want to be actively doing a lot of cooking, impressing company, or just any day you want to eat something super delicious, really. So…. every day?


I am a SUCKER for recipes with brown sugar. I add it to savory meals whenever I can get away with it. Don’t ask me why. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but brown sugar… man, that stuff is good.


The brown sugar and the balsamic really does give this meat a perfect glaze and an almost candied effect to the meat that is already so tender it just falls off the bone. MMMM.

WHY didn’t I make more, I am literally making my mouth water talking about it. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s actually real life right now.




  • 3 lbs beef ribs
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbs all purpose flour

For the Spice Rub:

  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1/2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the spice rub in a small bowl.
  3. Rub the ribs with the spice rub ensuring that they are coated entirely.
  4. Brown the ribs in the pan for 2-3 minutes, flip and brown the other side for another 2 minutes.
  5. Place ribs in crock pot and add in the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, tomato sauce and minced garlic.
  6. Cook on high for 3 hours, turn down to low and cook for 1 more hour.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the flour and 2 or 3 ladle-fulls of the leftover sauce in the crock pot. Whisk well. Microwave for 30 seconds if necessary and continue to whisk until thick and there are little to no lumps.
  8. Place meat on a serving platter. Serve with or without bones as most of the meat will have fallen off of the bones. Pour the sauce over the meat.
  9. Eat that yummy-ness up!


Look at these sweet babies eating mama’s dinner. Corny, but I literally love cooking for my family. My oldest knows it too. When he wants to make his mom happy, he compliments my food 😛


What are your favorite crock pot/slow cooker recipes?

Friday, guess whats coming? I’ll just tell you. Fettucine with pumpkin sauce. *Mouth watering again.*

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