Five Spice Short Ribs (Slow Cooker)

Five Spice Short Ribs is a favorite of my husband ever since I first made it, almost 10 years ago.  If you don’t want to use ribs, it works great with a chuck roast, shoulder roast, or boneless beef ribs.  This picture is of strips of shoulder roast.

Five Spice Short Ribs

Five Spice Short Ribs (Slow Cooker)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • Beef short ribs (2 lbs for 4 people)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Wine - whatever you have
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • Dehydrated garlic chips
  • Granulated onion powder
  • Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Beef broth
  • Salt


  1. Leave ribs on the counter for about an hour to come to room temperature.
  2. Salt and pepper the short ribs.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottom skillet and sear ribs on all sides. Place ribs in the slow cooker as they get done.
  4. Use the wine to deglaze the cooking pan (pick up all the little brown bits). Pour that in the slow cooker.
  5. Generously sprinkle the ribs with garlic, onion powder, and 5-spice (I completely cover the meat with 5-spice). Add peppercorns, bay leaf, and about 1 inch of broth in the bottom. You don't want to cover the meat, but you want enough so it doesn't dry out.
  6. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until tender.
  7. You can add carrots and/or potatoes to the slow cooker, if you want.
  8. Serve with rice, potatoes, or grits.