Crock Pot Beef Short Ribs

When I know I won’t have much time in the evening to prepare dinner, the crock pot makes us all feel like no one skipped the effort of making a real dinner.  Tonight was open house at my daughter’s school, so we had to be home, fed and back at school by 6:30 pm.

Yesterday, I pulled a packet of beef short ribs (about 3.5 lbs) from the freezer and let it thaw in the afternoon.  I stored it in the refrigerator overnight, and while I got the kids ready for school this morning, I loaded the crock pot.

First, I browned the short ribs on all sides in a cast iron pan.

For the past two years, we get our beef from a local man who raises beef cows. We pay him for the meat and a butcher to process it, so it isn’t necessarily less expensive, but the meat has been wonderful!  And, we know where our cow has been.

While the ribs were browning, I put chopped onions (1.5 c.), 2 T. of beef base, and 1/4 c. of water in the crock pot.  I tried to dissolve the beef base into the water, but didn’t try too hard.  Then I stacked the browned ribs on top of the onion mixture, put the pot on low and went to work.

At lunch, I pulled into the garage and it smelled heavenly.  beef short ribs - cooked

On top of that I added potatoes (4 medium), about 2 c. of my volunteer Juliet tomatoes (whole), 1.5 c. chopped kale, 2 T. tomato paste, and sprinkled it all with rosemary,  sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Short rRbs w/ Fixins

Short Ribs w/ Fixins

After covering that up, back to work I went.

 

Before I left work, I called ahead and had my son turn off the crock pot so it would cool down enough that we could eat right when I got home.  It is nice now that the kids can actually follow simple instructions.  😉

The meat was so tender, it was easy to peel away and discard the fat from the rib meat before serving.  Also, the tomatoes added a zing to the flavor that helped cut the frequently greasy flavor of beef ribs.

Beef Short Rib Dinner

YUMMM.  AND, I have some left for lunch tomorrow!

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About csamom

Living in Eastern Washington State for the past 15 years, I appreciate the wonderful produce we have available here. I am a working mom, with the typical active family. We have two children, a cat, a fish, and a snake.
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