Slow-Cooker Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs
The slow cooker yielded tender, fall-off-the-bone rib meat. Too bad about the (lack of) flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
Adequately browning our Slow-Cooker Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs with the bones attached was impossible. Slicing the meat off the bones first allowed the ribs to lie flat in the skillet and also let us trim some of the fat. The bones added a wealth of flavor, so throwing them away was not an option. Microwaving the rib bones before adding them to the slow cooker proved to be a faster, less complicated alternative to roasting them.
Because the slow cooker did not allow for evaporation, we reduced the red wine on the stovetop to concentrate the flavor before adding it to the slow cooker. Many Slow-Cooker Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs recipes we tested suffered from soupy sauce. However, we steered clear of traditional thickeners like flour and cornstarch and settled on an unconventional ingredient—tapioca.