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Slow Cooker Short Ribs

An image of prepared Slow Cooker Short Ribs made with beef short ribs, garlic, thyme, Campbell's® Condensed French Onion Soup and dark ale or beer.
  • prep time: 5 min
  • total time: 8 hr 5 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 462 1 serving

This Slow Cooker Short Ribs recipe tastes like something you'd have in a restaurant, but is actually incredibly easy to make at home.  It only takes 5 minutes to throw everything in your slow cooker- the condensed French onion soup simmers with garlic, thyme, brown sugar and dark beer to become a rich gravy while the beef cooks until it's fall-apart tender.  You can serve this over hot mashed potatoes or noodles, or you can take inspiration from pub menus and try over something like mac and cheese (short rib mac and cheese!) or French fries (loaded short rib fries!).  With this recipe for Slow Cooker Short Ribs, you really can't go wrong!


  • 3 pounds beef short rib (about 6 serving-sized pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed French Onion Soup
  • 1 bottle (12 fluid ounces) dark ale or beer


  • Tips

    • Try this French-inspired version with red wine and mushrooms!  Top the beef with 1 large onion, chopped and 16 ounces portobello mushrooms, sliced.  Substitute 1 1/2 cups red wine for the beer and add to the cooker with the soup.  Omit the chopped thyme and minced garlic.  Instead, wrap sprigs of fresh parsley and thyme, bay leaf, whole garlic cloves and peppercorns in a tied cheesecloth bundle.  Submerge the bundle in the soup mixture before cooking.  Discard after cooking.  Serve short ribs over mashed potatoes or polenta with chopped green onion.  Top each serving with 1 onion ring and serve your favorite vegetable on the side.
    • Time-Saving: Recipe may be cooked on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Step 1

    Place the beef into a 5-quart slow cooker.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the brown sugar, garlic, thyme and flour and toss to coat. Pour the soup and ale over the beef mixture.

  • Step 2

    Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours or until the beef is fork-tender.  Spoon off any fat.  Serve the beef with the gravy.

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Calories 462
Total Fat 22 g
Sat. Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 162 mg
Sodium 432 mg
Total Carb 16 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugar 7 g
Protein 46 g
Vitamin D 1 %DV
Calcium 3 %DV
Iron 30 %DV
Potassium 11 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.