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Slow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi) are literally falling-off-the-bone tender from a long, slow cooking process braising in a flavorful marinade that doubles as a fantastic slightly sweet and savory sauce that can be drizzled over the cooked short ribs and white rice.

If you are looking for some other delicious Korean recipes, you should check out my Bulgogi (Korean Beef Tacos), Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancakes), and Pajeon (Korean Pancakes with Scallions)!

a white plate with korean shortribs stacked on it and garnished with scallion and seasame seeds

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We are big fans of ribs at our house and these slow cooker Korean beef short ribs (known as Kalbi in Korea) are some of the easiest, most delicious ones ever!

Food Blogger Winter Games

So I had this idea a while back about celebrating the start of the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea by sharing Korean-inspired recipes on the blog this week.

The idea actually stems from the 2016 summer games in Rio. I happened to be visiting my sister at the time, and she and I came up with the idea to create an entire Brazilian meal (including this Brazilian Lemonade!) and had such a great time making and eating all of that delicious food the day of opening ceremonies and talking to our kids about Brazil.

Such a good time, in fact, that I recreated the exact same meal a couple of weeks later for the closing ceremonies so my husband could enjoy it, since he hadn’t been there for our first Brazilian feast.

But as I started brainstorming how I wanted to approach this, I started realizing that it could be so much more than just sharing recipes representing Korea! So I reached out to some of my favorite foodie friends to see if they would be interested in celebrating the start of the winter games with me by sharing recipes all this week representing some of the different countries who will be competing for medals in South Korea soon.

Overhead shot of slow cooker Korean beef short ribs on a white plate, garnished with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, and a bowl of white rice on the side.

Between our blogs, we are going to be sharing recipes this week representing Korea, China, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Canada, the U.S.A., Greece, Ireland, Mexico, Argentina, and Italy!

We hope that you will get inspired to join in with us and cook up something at your house representing some of your favorite international cuisine, whether it’s a recipe from one of our blogs, or a favorite of your own!

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs

This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes because unlike some where you need to saute vegetables or brown meat beforehand, with these slow cooker Korean beef short ribs you literally just throw everything in to the crock pot, turn it on and walk away.

Then when it’s time to eat you have succulent, juicy meat that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and packed with incredible Asian flavors.

Crockpot with beef short ribs and sliced onions in it, with a soy sauce based marinade being poured over the top.

What is the difference between short ribs and regular ribs?

Beef short ribs come from the plate cut, while spare ribs (also known as beef back ribs) come from the cow’s rib section. Short ribs are typically braised or cooked in a slow cooker, while the longer spare ribs can be barbequed, roasted, braised or grilled.

How to make the sauce

I like to thicken the sauce just a bit with an easy slurry made with a little cornstarch and cold water, then serve that alongside the ribs and some white rice. And I would definitely recommend not skipping the garnishes of sliced green onions and sesame seeds, which add wonderful freshness, flavor, and texture to the final dish.

One braised beef short rib on a bed of white rice.

Having a fat separator will come in handy with the sauce because short ribs tend to have quite a lot of fat that cooks off during the long, slow braising process. But you could also just skim fat off the top with a spoon.

This recipe would also work with almost any meat, really, including chicken, other cuts of beef (brisket & flank steak, especially), or a pork roast. And it would go perfectly with stir-fried baby bok choy!

a white plate with korean shortribs on it

And if you love ribs, you might also want to check out these brown sugar & honey smoked baby back ribs.

More Slow Cooker Recipes For Busy Nights

Be sure to check out these other amazing recipes from some of my favorite food blogging friends, representing other countries competing in the upcoming winter games! 

CanadaSpicy Maple Bacon Chicken Drumsticks
ChinaAsian Peanut Sesame Noodles
IrelandHomemade Irish Cream
IrelandIrish Lamb Stew
KoreaSlow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi)

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korean beef shortribs topped with sesame seeds and green onion on a white plate with a bowl of rice to the side
Yield: 5 people

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi)

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi) are literally falling-off-the-bone tender from a long, slow cooking process braising in a flavorful marinade that doubles as a fantastic slightly sweet and savory sauce that can be drizzled over the cooked short ribs and white rice.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 4-6 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) or 2 tablespoons Gochujang

To finish

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2-3 green onions, sliced on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Arrange the short ribs in the bottom of a slow cooker, then sprinkle with the thinly sliced onion.  
  2. Mix together the soy sauce, beef broth, rice vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, then pour over the short ribs.  
  3. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours.  
  4. When almost ready to serve, whisk the cornstarch into the cold water and pour into the slow cooker, stirring to combine with the sauce and juices from the meat.  Cover and cook another 20 minutes, until the liquid has thickened slightly.  
  5. Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and transfer to a serving platter.  Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and green onions.  Use a fat separator to remove  the fat from the cooking liquid, then serve alongside white rice and the short ribs to be drizzled over the meat and rice.  


Adapted from Damn Delicious.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 632Saturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 2958mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 56g