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Korean Short Ribs (in Slow Cooker)

Korean Style gravy being poured onto slow cooked Beef Short Ribs.
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You will be in for a real treat with this Slow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs recipe! Fall-of-the-bone, melt-in-the-mouth dish uses good quality beef and a bold Korean-style marinade to create a dish that has heaps of flavour, but only requires 15 minutes of hands-on time!

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The Story of Ribs

There is a restaurant somewhere in Brussels, Belgium that we went to about 6 years ago. It serves all-you-can-eat ribs with jacket potatoes filled with spiced butter. It was about 32°C that summer day we were visiting Brussels and in hindsight, all-you-can-eat ribs were probably a bit of a poor choice for a hot day like that. But we were simply desperate to get inside to hide from the heat and Seb was hungry. Little did we know that the restaurant had no air conditioning. What is more, we got a table next to an open kitchen! It was honestly the hottest I felt in my entire life. But we had so much fun laughing about it, that it’s one of the fondest holiday memories we hold.

In this vein, I decided to make a rib dish for our wedding anniversary this year. I hardly ever cook beef, let alone ribs, so I knew the meal would feel extremely special for rib-lover Seb. I decided to go for Asian flavours and Beef Short Ribs. Perfectly timed, I also bought a new slow cooker on sale (having lived without one for 5 years).

Korean Beef ribs on a teal plate with sauteed kale, carrot slaw and mashed potatoes.

The ribs were delicious (even I thought so, although ribs are never my first choice). Fall of the bone, melt in the mouth fantastic! With only 15 minutes of hands-on time, I couldn’t believe how special these tasted! I guess that’s the beauty of good quality beef, a slow cooker and some good old Korean flavours.

Tips & Tricks for the Best Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

  • Good quality beef: I always think that when it comes to meat, it’s best to eat less of it, but get high-quality meat.
  • Marinating time: whilst good quality beef tastes great without any marinade if you want to add flavour to your beef you need to give it enough time for flavours to infuse. We recommend marinating the meat overnight if you can.
  • Korean-Style Marinade: it has quite a bold flavour full of salty soy sauce, molasses flavours of dark brown sugar and the heat of the chilli. Go easy on the sesame flavour, too much and it will overpower everything else.
Ribs in a slow cooker.

How To Cook Short Ribs Without A Slow Cooker?

If you don’t have a slow cooker and wish to make these Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs in the oven, we suggest placing them together with the marinade and water in an ovenproof dish and wrapping the dish tightly with foil. Then cook for 5 hours at 140 C, checking midway through to see if it may need more water.

How to Make Korean Beef Ribs in a Slow Cooker?

A slow cooker is an amazing kitchen gadget to have when you don’t have much time to cook. Just imagine coming home from work to a cooked dinner, having spent only 15 minutes preparing it in the morning. We think that beef ribs in crock pot is by far the easiest most delicious meal for chilly winter evenings.

Day 1: Marinate the Ribs

In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, lime juice, minced garlic, brown sugar, chilli flakes and sesame oil. Stir until sugar starts dissolving.

Pour half the marinade into a large bowl or Tupperware box. Add the ribs and roll them around to cover. Pour the remaining marinade over the ribs, cover and place in the fridge for 12 hours, or overnight.

Day 2: Cook

Place the ribs in the bowl of your slow cooker, and pour all the marinade from the box in. Add 50ml of water and cover with a lid. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 5 hours. 3 hours into the cooking, check that there’s still liquid in the pot. If it’s dry, add 50ml of water and carry on cooking. You can now eat your fall-of-the-bone ribs with your favourite sides, or see the next step.

Korean Beef ribs cooking in a slow cooker.

Grill & Glaze (Optional)

Preheat the grill to medium. Lift the ribs out carefully onto a foil-lined baking tray. Place them under the grill for 5 minutes to caramelise. Watch them, as high sugar content means they may caramelise really quickly depending on your grill.

In the meantime, pour any juices left in a slow cooker in a small pot and put on low heat. Mix 1 tsp of cornflour with 2 tbsp of water in a small bowl. Pour the cornflour mixture in with the juices and stir. Heat for a couple of minutes until the sauce thickens. Pour the Korean glaze over the caramelized short ribs and enjoy!

Beef Ribs in a ceramic square dish with spring onion scattered on top.

Recipe FAQs

Are Korean Beef Short Ribs Spicy?

Not overly, but yes, they do have a bit of chilli heat lingering on your tongue. If you don’t like chilli heat, try adding some ground ginger instead, for a warming, but slightly different sensation.

What Are The Best Ribs To Use?

Whilst both beef short ribs and back ribs can be used in this recipe, short ribs are a lot meatier. What is more, short ribs contain more fat, and, thus, are a perfect choice for long slow cooking. The result is tender succulent meat. If you can, choose grass-fed beef ribs for the best flavour and texture.

What To Serve With Korean Short Ribs?

The answer is simple, your favourite vegetable side dishes! For us, it is one or a couple of the following:

Other Beef Recipes To Try

We don’t eat beef often here, at Somebody Feed Seb, but when we do, we make sure it’s something very special. Here are our best beef recipes below:

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Korean Style gravy being poured onto slow cooked Beef Short Ribs.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs

You will be in for a real treat with this Slow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs recipe! Fall-of-the-bone, melt-in-the-mouth dish uses good quality beef and a bold Korean-Style marinade to create a dish that has heaps of flavour, but only requires 15 minutes of hands-on time!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Marinading Time: 12 hrs
Total Time 17 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 3 portions
Calories 507 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 kg beef short ribs
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or very finely chopped
  • 50 g dark brown sugar
  • 50 ml dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 lime juice only
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornflour optional

Instructions
 

Day 1: Marinate the Meat:

  • In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, lime juice, minced garlic, brown sugar, chilli flakes and sesame oil. Stir until sugar starts dissolving.
  • Pour half the marinade into a large bowl or Tupperware box. Add the ribs and roll them around to cover. Pour the remaining marinade over the ribs, cover and place in the fridge for 12 hours, or overnight.

Day 2: Cook:

  • Place the ribs in the bowl of your slow cooker, pour all the marinade from the box in. Add 50ml of water and cover with a lid. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 5 hours. 3 hours into the cooking, check that there's still liquid in the pot. If it's dry, add 50ml of water and carry on cooking. You can now eat your fall-of-the bone ribs with your favourite sides, or see next step.

Grill & Glaze (Optional):

  • Preheat the grill to medium. Lift the ribs out carefully onto a foil-lined baking tray. Place them under the grill for 5 minutes to caramelise. Watch them, as high sugar content means they may caramelise really quickly depending on your grill.
  • In the meantime, pour any juices left in a slow cooker in a small pot and put on low heat. Mix 1 tsp of cornflour with 2 tbsp of water in a small bowl. Pour the cornflour mixture in with the juices and stir. Heat for a couple of minutes until the sauce thickens. Pour the glaze over the caramelized ribs and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 507kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 48gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1106mgPotassium: 963mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 204IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 6mg
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2 Replies to “Korean Short Ribs (in Slow Cooker)”

  1. 5 stars
    These short ribs are a flavor bomb! And so easy in the slow cooker.

    1. Thanks so much, Katherine! 💗

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