I really don’t use my slow cooker often enough. With all of the new kitchen appliances like the insant-pot and sous vide machine, it’s easy to forget the tried and true appliances that never fail us. My slow cooker has made some pretty amazing recipes for me in the past, including Spinach Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash, Brown Sugar “Candy” Chicken, and even falafel! Well now it’s making me some tender short ribs and this is probably one of the easiest recipes ever! I’m using my Texas-Style Dry Rub, which I’m now calling “Kitchen Tested House Seasoning” because I use it on everything, and a simple blend of canned diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, and pure maple syrup. I added some dried dates and figs to the pool for a little extra natural sweetness too! Scroll down to the bottom for the cutest shot of my photo shoot helper in action. I love getting my kids involved but to be totally transparent, sometimes they are just NOT in the mood! Thank goodness Zach was all in for this one…for about 20 seconds. Holding a spoon is hard, people!
Seriously, how good to these ribs look???? The flavor combo and textures are so on point and the tomato gravy is probably worth taking a bath in. I would definitely double or triple the recipe to braise a pot roast too!