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Slow Cooker Szechuan Sticky Beef Short Ribs

Szechuan Sticky Beef Short Ribs - apple sauce lends itself well with the fresh ginger, Chinese Five Spice, curry powder, chili paste and black bean sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 1015kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • For Short Ribs:
  • 2 lbs beef short ribs
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • For Sauce:
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp ground fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp chili paste Sambal Oelek
  • 1 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  • Season the beef short ribs with kosher salt and curry powder on both sides. Sear in hot sauté pan on both sides until browned nicely. Place in a slow cooker that has been sprayed with vegetable spray. Deglaze the sauté pan with the beef broth and set aside.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the applesauce, fresh ginger, Chinese Five Spice, curry powder, chili paste, black bean sauce, deglazed pan drippings with broth and apple cider vinegar. Pour over the browned beef short ribs and cover. Cook for 6 hours or until they are falling apart fork tender.
  • Remove meat from pan and pour sauce in a small saucepan Add honey and cook down until reduced in half and thickened. Pour over beef short ribs and serve hot topped with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro leaves.


Calories: 1015kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 86g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Vitamin C: 2.3% | Calcium: 5% | Iron: 29.9%