Food – Cream & Ale Short Ribs




Cream & Ale Short Ribs

  • 4-6 lbs meaty beef short ribs
  • 1 pkg au jus gravy mix
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 12-oz bottle of ale or beer
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs oil for browning
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Mix au jus gravy mix, flour, thyme and brown sugar in a small bowl, making sure to get any lumps out of the brown sugar. Place into a 4-6 quart slow cooker. FYI–I used a 3.5 quart casserole crock to make this. Add the ale and stir well to combine.

Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and brown short ribs on all sides. Remove to a plate. 

In the same pan, saute the sliced onion and garlic, stirring constantly, for about 3-5 minutes–don’t let it burn. 

Deglaze the pan with the 1/2 cup water; mix the onions and water into the au jus mixture in the slow cooker.  

Place the short ribs in the slow cooker, cover and cook on HI 4-6 hours or LOW 8-10 hours (times are approximate). If using the casserole crock, please read the above post–it will probably take longer in one of those.

Remove the ribs to a serving plate.  Stir in the heavy cream, combining well. Pour gravy over short ribs.

Serves about 4 people (I had 8 short ribs and allowed 2 meaty ribs per person).

Recipe courtesy of


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