Not-Barbecued Short Ribs


  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 7 pounds beef short ribs, or more to taste
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 (20 ounce) cans pineapple chunks in juice, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard


Spread onion into the bottom of the crock of your slow cooker. Season short ribs with salt and pepper; place atop the onion.

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Mix water, pineapple chunks with juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, garlic, sage, thyme, and mustard together in a bowl; pour over the ribs.

Cook on High for 4 hours (on on Low for 6 to 8 hours).