Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are on the menu this week. Now, short ribs are naturally a tougher cut of meat, but when you make them in the slow cooker, like with these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs, they turn out so tender. These short ribs are also paleo, GAPS, SCD and low carb.
Note: This recipe was initially posted in January 2018. The post was updated in June 2019.
When I think of comfort foods, one of the first things that comes to mind is ribs. I have always loved ribs. I remember growing up I would often request ribs for my birthday dinner. That’s how much I love them! But once I got into residency and life got busy I started making ribs less and less often. They were just too much work. However, a few years ago I realized that making ribs doesn’t have to be difficult. The solution? The slow cooker! Ribs turn out so, so well when you make them in the slow cooker. Whether it’s pork ribs or beef ribs, anytime I make ribs in the slow cooker they turn out amazing! And these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are no exception.
These Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are fall off the bone tender and so, so flavourful. In other words they are exactly the way ribs should be if you ask me. These Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are also paleo, GAPS, SCD, and low carb/keto compliant so they are safe for almost everyone to eat. They are also made using grass-fed beef which means they are full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. A healthy, tasty and easy paleo beef rib recipe, it does’t get much better than that!
Why these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs are so good:
- They are fall off the bone tender! Beef ribs can normally be a bit tough, but when you make them in the slow cooker that changes everything!
- These beef ribs are not only Whole30 compliant but they are also paleo, SCD, GAPS, and low carb/ keto!
- They don’t require any fancy ingredients to make. I bet you already have the ingredients to make these paleo beef ribs in your fridge or pantry.
- They are so easy to make! You basically throw everything in your slow cooker and that’s it!
How to make these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs:
You are going to love how easy these paleo slow cooker beef short ribs are to make.
First, you are going to place all of the ingredients (except for the ribs) into your blender. Blend the ingredients until they are smooth.
Next place the blended ingredients into your slow cooker and then add the beef short ribs to the slow cooker and top them with the sauce.
Turn your slow cooker onto low heat and cook the ribs for 8 hours.
That’s it! Simply turn the slow cooker off and serve the paleo slow cooker beef short ribs.
These Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs pair very well with cooked broccoli, cauliflower rice or even spaghetti squash. Really they would go well with almost any vegetable as a side dish. I would love to hear what you end up paring them with!
Why do I recommend grass fed beef to make these Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs?
There are a couple reasons why I recommend using grass fed beef rather than factory farmed beef. First, grass fed beef is so much tastier than grain fed beef. Once you taste it you will never want to go back to grain fed beef I promise. Plus, the health benefits of grass fed beef are just incredible. Grass fed beef is an excellent source of fat soluble vitamins and it has an omega 3 to 6 ratio that is almost 1:1, unlike grain fed beef which has very high omega 6 levels, and is hence a very inflammatory (and unhealthy) food. As well, from an ethical standpoint, pasture raised (or grass fed) cows are treated so much better than factory farmed animals. Cows were meant to be on pastures, not in small pens, forced to eat “food” their systems were never designed to digest. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic I highly recommend reading my post The Biggest Mistake You Can Make On The Paleo Diet. I suspect it will be very informative for many of you.
Other Whole30 and Paleo recipes you will love:
- Bacon and Vegetable Egg Casserole
- Paleo Slow Cooker Maple Cranberry Beef Roast
- Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Ribs
- Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili
- Whole30 Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
If you are curious, this is the slow cooker that I personally use and love.
Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs (Paleo, GAPS, SCD)
Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Short RIbs are a perfect paleo or low carb dinner. They are so tender and easy to make.
- 6 lbs grass-fed beef short ribs
- 6 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp raw, local honey (substitute 1 fresh peach, chopped, for Whole30)
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp dried rosemary
- 1 tbsp Herbes de Prevence Spice
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 10 fresh basil leaves
Place all the ingredients (except the ribs) into your food processor or Vitamix and blend well until smooth
Transfer the sauce to your slow cooker
Add the ribs and stir to coat with the sauce
Turn the slow cooker onto low heat and cook for 8 hours
Serve and enjoy!
These ribs go well with cooked broccoli, roasted potatoes, cooked squash or a side salad.
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