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spicy and sweet short ribs

a recipe by
Daily Inspiration S
Sugar Land, TX

A wonderful slow-cooker recipe. Love the use of the apple butter, mustard and cider in the sauce.

serves 4
prep time 20 Min
cook time 6 Hr 15 Min
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For spicy and sweet short ribs

  • 1/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    dried ancho chile powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    light brown sugar
  • 2
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp
    fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 lb
    bone-in short ribs (about 2 inches thicke)
  • 3/4 c
    apple butter
  • 1/4 c
    yellow mustard
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 c
    apple cider
  • 5
    scallions, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 3
    carrots, thinly sliced
  • cornbread, for serving

How To Make spicy and sweet short ribs

  • 1
    Combine the flour, brown sugar, chile powder, garlic, thyme, 2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle all over the short ribs in a single layer in a 6-qt. slow cooker. sprinkle any of the remaining flour mixture on top.
  • 2
    Whisk the apple butter, mustard, ketchup and cider in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until very hot, then transfer to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high, 4 hours.
  • 3
    Using tongs, turn the ribs in the sauce to coat, then remove to a bowl. Skim off the fat from the sauce (there will be quite a bit) then return the ribs to the sauce and add the carrots and scallions. Cover and cook on high, 2 more hours. Serve with cornbread.