Braised Short Ribs with Cranberries (Slow Cooker)

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Braised Short Ribs with Cranberries! This meal is made in the slow cooker and features tender short ribs, carrots and tart cranberries. Add a side of parsnip purée and you have an elegant date night meal.

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Recipe Features:

  • Elegant and delicious
  • Easy to execute
  • Perfect for a date night in (e.g., Valentine’s Day) – it’s a romantic meal that will impress your loved one!
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Ingredient Notes For These Braised Short Ribs with Cranberries:

  • Short Ribs – When looking for the right portions, buy either 8 bone-in beef short ribs that are 6 ounces each, or 4 short ribs that are 10-12 ounces each.
  • Carrots – It just depends on what I can find at the time. But, I prefer to use baby rainbow carrots, or heirloom rainbow carrots. Both work just fine.
  • Honey and the Balsamic – Drizzle these two directly over the meat. The taste of the meat at the end is fantastic.
  • Cranberries – In my opinion, the cranberries help make this recipe what it is. Their tartness pairs so well with the sweet, floral honey and the mellow tartness from the balsamic. It is the perfect match!
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  • Parsnip Purée – For this meal, since I want it to be more on the romantic side, I love to use my parsnip recipe. It is light, healthy and pairs perfectly with this meal. (If you don’t like parsnips, then potatoes will work as well). The purée is linked below.

I adore these Braised Short Ribs with Cranberries. This meal is very special to me and I hope you find it special as well.

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Braised Short Ribs with Cranberries (Slow Cooker)


  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Description

Braised Short Ribs with Cranberries! This meal is made in the slow cooker and features tender short ribs, carrots and tart cranberries. Add a side of parsnip purée and you have an elegant date night meal.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 Bone-in Beef Short Ribs, about 6 oz each (3 lbs. total)
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • Himalayan Pink Salt, to taste
  • 2 Shallots, thinly sliced
  • Rainbow Carrots
  • 1 cup Dry Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1 14.5 oz can Swanson Beef Broth, 50% less sodium
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Beeyond The Hive Raw Wildflower Honey
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic (good quality)
  • Fresh Thyme, a small handful
  • 2 large sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 cups Fresh Cranberries
  • Parsnip Purée, for serving

Instructions

  1. Prepare the short ribs: Season the short ribs with pepper and salt. To a large skillet, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the ribs and sear on both sides; 2-3 minutes each. Remove the ribs and transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Make the wine mixture: To a small bowl, add the wine, broth, garlic, tomato paste, pepper and salt to taste, and stir to combine; set aside.
  3. Cover the ribs: Drizzle the honey and balsamic directly over the ribs.
  4. Add the veggies: Top with the shallots, carrots, thyme, rosemary and bay leaves.
  5. Add the wine mixture: Gently pour the wine mixture on top and cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  6. When to add cranberries: If cooking on high, add the cranberries during the last 30 minutes-1 hour of cook time. If cooking on low, add the cranberries during the last 1 1/2 hours-2 hours of cook time.
  7. How to serve: Remove the aromatics. Serve the ribs over parsnip purée or mashed potatoes. Drizzle with some of the sauce.

Notes

  • Beef: Regarding portions, use 4, 10-12 oz short ribs or 8, 6 oz short ribs. 
  • Carrots: Use half of a 12 oz bag of baby rainbow carrots, or use 4 large heirloom rainbow carrots.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Beef, Cranberry Recipes, Date Night Recipes, Honey Recipes, Main Dish, Ribs Recipes, Short Ribs, Slow Cooker Recipes

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