Summertime is here and that means cookouts and deliciousness. Although my Slow Cooker Short Ribs with a red wine coffee sauce, doesn’t qualify as real barbecue, its got the deliciousness covered!
I love to barbecue but sometimes I just don’t have the time to watch my grill for the hours it takes to properly cook ribs. And I certainly don’t want to keep my oven on in the summer heat.
That’s when I turn to my trusty slow cooker, the best friend a busy home cook ever had.
Not only is this an easy way to get meat, fall off the bone tender. It’s also a way to add additional flavors into the dish. You don’t have to labor over reductions or simmering a sauce for hours, you just add all the ingredients into your slow cooker and you’re ready to go.
Set the temperature and it’s time and get on with your busy day. Even if your busy day is simply laying in the sun working on your tan!
The unique blend of red wine and coffee added a rich and robust flavor to my ribs. And depending upon the heartiness of the red wine you use, could be even more flavorful. My seasonings were pretty basic and my mirepoix a standard blend of celery, carrots and onions with a few garlic cloves thrown in for good measure.
The smoked paprika and chili powder added another level of flavors that combine perfectly with other ingredients. My simple reduction of the juices in the slow cooker made for a delightful sauce and a change from the typical tomato-based barbecue. But feel free to take these delicious ribs in any direction you choose. It’s all about what you enjoy eating.
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