Cooking beef short ribs to perfection in a slow cooker involves a few key steps. First, sear the short ribs on each side for about 60 seconds per side to lock in the flavors. In a slow cooker, mix beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder, then place the seared short ribs into this mixture. A sprig of rosemary can be placed on top of the meat for added flavor.
The next step involves bringing the mixture to a boil and cooking it for 8-10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half before adding it to the slow cooker. Cook the ribs on a low setting for 6-8 hours to ensure the meat is tender. Towards the end of cooking, vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery can be added. Before serving, you might want to remove some liquid from the cooker and thicken it with cornstarch for a rich gravy.
Another variation involves simmering balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, beef broth, rosemary, and bay leaves, then pouring this mixture over the ribs in the slow cooker. This method also requires cooking on low for 6-8 hours.
For a more traditional approach, brown the short ribs in a Dutch oven, then transfer them to the slow cooker. Add a mixture of beef broth, garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian seasoning. Cook on low heat until the meat is fork-tender.
Remember to remove any excess fat from the cooking juices before serving. The ribs can be paired with the strained and reduced cooking juices for a delicious and hearty meal.