Orange + Cranberry Crock-Pot Short Ribs | #paleo #glutenfree #shortribs #crockpot #slowcooker

Quick! Before winter decides to scoot off and make way for spring, let’s enjoy some seriously comforting crock-pot action. Let’s throw some short ribs into a crock-pot and cook them until they are wobbly and tender. This is what winters are made for. Well, this and central heating, fireplaces, practical yet unattractive footwear, fleece, and big puffy marshmallow coats. It’s also for sunny brisk walks and trying to steal oranges from your neighbor’s yard. How many pieces of citrus do you think I could conceal under a big puffy marshmallow coat? Shhhh…

Orange + Cranberry Crock-Pot Short Ribs | #paleo #glutenfree #shortribs #crockpot #slowcookerOrange + Cranberry Crock-Pot Short Ribs | #paleo #glutenfree #shortribs #crockpot #slowcookerCranberries mix with orange zest, herbs and spices to make the dinner equivalent of the most savory potpourri EVER.  Like, if potpourri actually didn’t smell like an old lady’s underwear drawer and in fact smelled like bright and delicious herbs mixed with hunks of meat. I’d put Eau De Short Ribs in with my unmentionables. Just saying. There is room in the market for meaty-scented potpourri… or, so I assume. I could be wrong. Or, right. Probably wrong.

Orange + Cranberry Crock-Pot Short Ribs | #paleo #glutenfree #shortribs #crockpot #slowcookerThis is one of those glorious “Set it and forget it” meal time situations. Also known as: My Fave, The Best & Winner Winner Hunky Beef Dinner. If you’re not in Camp Crock-Pot by now, I don’t know what to tell you. You must dislike things like ease, not scrambling to make dinner at 9pm, or general joy. No judgement. But, really. This device is a lifesaver. I use mine at least once or twice a week, as can be evidenced by this Slow Cooker Turkey & Mushroom Soup, or this Tomato & Coconut Crock-Pot Curry!

Orange + Cranberry Crock-Pot Short Ribs | #paleo #glutenfree #shortribs #crockpot #slowcookerSo, what are you waiting for? Go make your house smell like beef and oranges. That sounds way less appealing than I hoped. Eau de Short Ribs, coming right up!

Orange + Cranberry Crock-Pot Short Ribs {Gluten-Free & Paleo}



  1. Heat up coconut oil in a large cast iron skillet. Rinse off your short ribs and pat them dry with paper towels. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Sear the short ribs on all sides.
  2. Combine the beef broth, orange juice, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar and salt to the bottom of your crock pot. Whisk it together until all of the ingredients are combined well. Add in your cranberries and lay your seared short ribs on top. You can add the pan drippings from the searing back into the pot as well. Add the orange zest, bay leaf, star anise and cinnamon stick on top of the ribs.
  3. Close the lid and allow to cook on slow for 6-8 hours or until ribs are fall off the bone tender. Serve over veggies, potatoes, or cauliflower puree. Enjoy!


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