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Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs short ribs
  • 2 yellow onions diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 12 ounce bottle beer (I used a Porter)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Parmesan Polenta:
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Additional Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  • Sprinkle short ribs with salt and pepper on all sides and place into slow cooker.
  • Top with onions, celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaves.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together beer, beef broth, tomato paste, brown sugar, and dijon mustard.
  • Pour over short ribs.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • Remove the short ribs from the slow cooker.
  • Skim the fat off the sauce in the slow cooker, and using an immersion blender, puree the onions and celery into the sauce.
  • Serve with Parmesan polenta.
  • To make the polenta:
  • Add chicken broth and garlic to a medium pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Whisk in polenta.
  • Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until thick, about 10 minutes.
  • Once thickened, add heavy cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese, stirring to combine.
  • Serve topped with short ribs, rosemary, and additional Parmesan cheese, and a light drizzle of the sauce.