Slow Cooker Guinness Short Ribs with Cheesy Cauliflower Mash.
I’ve got a situation.
If you’re looking for some major comfort food, these Guinness short ribs and cauliflower mash are the business. I mean, we are talking one heck of a fabulous dinner.
You really want to get in on this situation, I swear! I’m calling it the meal of the WEEK.
And I know! I’m very much having a moment with Guinness. Never going to drink it buuutt… will gladly do all the other fun things with it.
These short ribs are SO fantastic. I made these three separate times (and three separate ways) to really test them, and they were also super delicious on sandwiches. And on nachos! Yes yes, omg.
Also! I used boneless short ribs here which I almost never do. I usually buy bone-in. The boneless I got were perfect. I had the butcher cut them fresh and he took off most of the fat (leaving some for flavor, obvs) and every single bit was deliciously edible. Unlike when I buy the bone-in ribs, I feel like we lose SO much.
These just fall apart and melt in your mouth.
Okay, next! The cheesy cauliflower mash. Oooooh my gosh. This is incredible.
So cauliflower mash is not a new thing to me, but it’s something I’ve avoided, basically forever. For at least ten years. And it’s because way back in the day, right after I graduated from college, someone at my gym used to make it often and gave me a recipe for it. I made it and it was HORRIFIC. Like legitimately terrible. It turned me off from cauliflower in general for a super long time.
I’m pretty sure that was back when the South Beach Diet was all the rage, you know? Cauliflower mash has come a looooong way since then. Thank goodness.
This is not that. At all. It’s delicious and creamy and cheesy. But better yet, it’s the perfect component to the short ribs! The beef has this gravy-like sauce that melts into the mash, not to mention how tender the ribs are – so you always get a bite of both together. And that is so freaking fantastic.
This was one of the best beef meals we’ve had a in a long time. One of the best comfort meals! And I made it around the time I was having a love affair with cauliflower – four cauliflower recipes that week that I’m trying to spread out so you don’t think I’ve lost my mind. Ooomph.
Now I just have to figure out what to make on Saint Patrick’s Day! I’m thinking an entire week full of delicious meals, starting today.
Slow Cooker Guinness Short Ribs with Cheesy Cauliflower Mash
- 3 to 4 pounds boneless beef short ribs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 8 ounces Guinness or another stout
- 1 cup low-sodium beef stock
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
cheesy cauliflower mash
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons browned butter
- 1/4 cup cooking liquid from the cauliflower
- 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese freshly grated
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Season the short ribs with the salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over top and coat them all evenly. At this point, you can throw the short ribs directly in the slow cooker or you can brown them first. I have this slow cooker that sears meat, and it's amazing!
- To sear the beef, add the oil to a large pot or dutch oven. Add the ribs and sear on all sides until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Place the short ribs in the slow cooker and add the Guinness. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- After 8 hours, remove the short ribs and shred them with kitchen tongs or a fork. At this point, I like to thicken the sauce or liquid that is left in the slow cooker. I use my slow cooker and turn it to the saute setting at 500 degrees. Otherwise, you can transfer the liquid to a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Add the flour to the beef stock in a shaker bottle and shake for 30 seconds to create a slurry. Pour into the saucepan (or slow cooker if you have the same one I do) and whisk constantly until thickened.
cheesy cauliflower mash
- Cut the head of cauliflower into florets. Place it in a large pot or saucepan and cover it with water, just about an inch past the top of the cauliflower. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes or so. Drain the cauliflower, reserving about 1/4 cup of the liquid. Add the cauliflower to a food processor and blend until pureed. Stream in the cooking liquid, the browned butter, the cheddar cheese and the parmesan cheese, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until creamy. Taste and season additionally if needed!
- Serve the short ribs with the gravy over the cauliflower mash!
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51 Comments on “Slow Cooker Guinness Short Ribs with Cheesy Cauliflower Mash.”
Where do you go to a butcher? I’m in PGH, in the South Hills, but I feel like I don’t know of anywhere good to buy meat besides Whole Foods. I’d definitely make a trip to stock up at a good butcher. This recipe looks awesome, my husband’s bday is this week and I’ve totally slacked on coming up with a good plan for it, but I’m pretty sure this will be his (dream!) bday dinner!
I’m in Monroeville. Since McGinns Sisters closed my only option is the butcher store in the Strip District. I’m making this recipe this week. I’m going to buy bone in short ribs. I’ve never had luck with boneless.
serena, let me know how it is! i am so sad that mcginnis is closing!
i just ask at the meat counter at giant eagle! my first choice is always whole foods for meat, (actually, it used to be mcginnis sisters! :( ), but there isn’t one close to me!
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Love it ; everything with beer tastes great! Keeper it is !
I love these “set it and forget it” recipes! This looks absolutely delish!
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This looks divine! The meat looks like it’s just coming off the bone and melts in your mouth. And with Guinness! Sign me up!!
NEVER going to drink Guinness?!? GIRL. Toss some champ or cider in there and have at it – you’ll never be the same. <3
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Can you make this recipe with bone in spare ribs?
i would probably do bone in short ribs before spare ribs, but i’m sure you can!
Can you give a suggestion for making this in the oven, please? I don’t have a slow cooker (small kitchen in Amsterdam ha). Love your blog soooo much 😍
sure! here is how i cook them when i’m not using the slow cooker!
This looks amazing! Would the instant pot work for searing on the sauté setting?
yep, it would!
Awesome meal! I used a venison roast and it was incredible. The chessy cauliflower mash was great! I will make this again! Great for Keto diet. Thank you
i love that! thanks doreen!
ok am i the only person that doesnt really know what cut of meat a “short rib” is ? like is it actual ribs ? will the package say short ribs, etc ? (blushes cuz this is probably a dumb question)
haha you crack me up. they will definitely say short ribs. they look like this –
there is a picture in this post of them! https://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/01/slow-cooker-short-rib-sauce-with-bucatini/
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What is the impact of searing the meat before putting them into the slow cooker? I’m planning to make them during a busy morning tomorrow, and would love to skip that step (and an extra pot) if you don’t think it makes a big difference in the finished product…. but will certainly do it if key! Thanks!
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There are a couple of substitutions I’d have to make (I eat keto) but this meal looks delicious and very do-able for me!
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Pointy Pope Hat! This was incredible! I just made the short ribs & served it with colcannon & roasted asparagus for St. Paddys. It was really terrific. My husband & toddler both loved it. In all honesty I chose to make this because it sounded so easy, but was really surprised by how wonderful it turned out. Would def make again!
Hi. I’d love love love to make this recipie for the mister and I. However I’m wondering if I can substitute the Guinness or stout for something else? We don’t consume alcohol so what other substitutions would you suggest?
I am literally just salvating at the pic, my goodness!
I made this tonight in the instant pot, with only a few small tweaks. I halved the recipe, used the sautée setting on high to sear, then cooked on low pressure for about an hour. I used a local Milk Stout that someone left at my place, which the internet tells me is very close to Guinness. Left it on warm with a natural release for another hour or so before starting the gravy.
The ribs were falling apart as I tried to fish them out, and they came apart beautifully when I poked at them with my tongs. I threw the meat in with the gravy once it was finished.
I’m not loving the cauliflower mash, but everyone else did, so I think it’s just me. The meat is definitely five stars.
I bookmarked this recipe when you posted it, Jessica, and my husband and I just enjoyed it for dinner tonight. It was phenomenal!! What a deep, rich beef flavor and the cauliflower was so light and creamy. Everything paired together so well. This recipe will be made again for sure! Thank you!
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Made this dish last week! And my husband loved it! Making the Butter Salmon Rice Bowl tonight! So excited!!
Hey this looks very good. How can you call this Keto-friendly? I can’t make it because you did not provide NUTRITION FACTS. Could you please do so?
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Made this recipe this week. I used a chuck roast because my store had insanely expensive short ribs. I loved it! The roast fell apart! I also loved the cauliflower mash, and the gravy was delicious! Great comfort meal! I had my sister for dinner & I invited her back the next night, too, for leftovers!!
I noticed that beef stock is in the ingredients but not in the directions. Can you explain when you add the stock?
Isn’t that obvious? When you add the other liquid.
Seems a lovely dish… not sure if the husband will aprove of me throwing a guiness through a stew though ;)) for that matter: in The Netherlands a can of guiness is rather expensive. Perhaps if I buy a can and hide it, he won’t notice and I tell him after diner 😂😂
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Yum-perfect for a snowy day!
I used what I had cheese-wise (some cream cheese, Romano) and it was the perfect bed for the ribs!