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Slow Cooker Sage Short Ribs with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Slow Cooker Sage Butter Short Ribs

Is it against the rules to post a recipe like this in January? It feels a little rich and indulgent, but I don’t think it will completely derail you or anything. Everyone’s gotta have a little splurge now and again and while short ribs can be kinda pricey they do certainly make a tasty meal! Short ribs are perfect for the slow cooker because they can cook low and slow all day and become fall apart tender. Plus these have a quick pan sauce that you can make from the drippings that’s so easy it only takes about 5 minutes yet it tastes totally gourmet.

Slow Cooker Sage Butter Short Ribs

You’ll start off by seasoning up some beautiful ribs! If you’ve never had them before you can go to the meat counter at the supermarket and they should be able to help you pick some out! You definitely need beef short ribs for this recipes even though I think there is a pork version too.

Slow Cooker Sage Butter Short Ribs

After you season them it’s time to brown them up. Either get your skillet nice and hot or set your multi-cooker for 400 degrees. Add the ribs and let them brown up just a bit on each side and then deglaze the pan with some broth. Switch everything to the slow cooker and set it on low for 8 hours and let them cook up until they are tender.

Slow Cooker Sage Butter Short Ribs

Strain off the dripping and whisk up the sauce! A gourmet style dinner is done, and it really is that simple. A nice Valentine’s Day dinner, perhaps?!

Slow Cooker Sage Butter Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Sage Butter Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Sage Short Ribs with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Jennifer Draper
4 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 643 kcal


For ribs:

  • 2 1/2 pounds beef short ribs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 3 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup beef broth

For pan sauce:

  • Drippings from slow cooker strained
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Season ribs with sage, garlic, salt and pepper
  • Preheat skillet or multicooker to around 400 degrees
  • Melt butter and add ribs
  • Saute for about 2 minutes per side until lightly browned
  • Deglaze pan with beef broth
  • Transfer to slow cooker for 8 hours on low
  • Strain off any dripping left in slow cooker into a saucepan after short ribs are done
  • Bring to a simmer on stove over medium high heat
  • Stir in cream and gorgonzola cheese until melted
  • Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste


If you'd like to thicken the sauce a little more you can whisk together 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water then whisk into the sauce while simmering until thickened as desired.


Calories: 643kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 42gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 223mgSodium: 942mgPotassium: 810mgVitamin A: 1105IUVitamin C: 1.1mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 4.5mg
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Slow Cooker Sage Butter Short Ribs

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. I made this back in the day for my boyfriend (now husband) and he said this was the meal that sold him on me and he often requests this meal and years later he still says that it was the best meal he’s ever had!

  2. These look amazing and I have (almost) everything to make and eat throughout the week. My only question is do you think I could use blue cheese instead of gorgonzola? I ask because it’s all I have on hand in my fridge 🙂

  3. OMG, this was amazing! I made it for my husband and I’s first anniversary and it was better than most restaurant dinners we’ve had! And it was SO easy! I prepared it with mashed potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts – absolutely to die for. I never knew how much I needed Gorgonzola cream sauce in my life.. I keep thinking of things to put it on when I don’t want to splurge on short ribs.. a nice chuck roast in the crockpot, maybe an interesting twist to Eggs Benedict.. the possibilities seem endless! Thank you for such a marvelous recipe!

    1. I’m so glad you loved it! I love your other ideas for serving it up as well! I know I love this sauce so much I could eat it on many things!

  4. I made this recipe tonight and absolutely loved it! The only thing that didn’t go so well was that most of the dripping from the snow cooker was pure oil/fat so I decided to omit that part of the recipe! The ribs turned out so delicious and tender! I served it with mashed potatoes and green beans.

  5. 5 stars
    I tried this tonight and it turned out perfect. This is the second recipe I’ve used off of your site. And both recipes are solid recipes that need little or no change. I added a little extra Gorgonzola for my own personal preference. It was a big hit.
    Thank you.

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