Cozy up with a big bowl of Beer Braised Short Rib Chili. This fix and forget slow cooker chili is great for game day!
With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, a big winter storm that just rolled through the Northeast, and just the fact that it’s January, I figured it was time to add another chili recipe to my site. I’m definitely craving all the warm and cozy foods lately, especially something that can be cooked in a slow cooker! After a quick sear and toasting of spices in a cast iron skillet, the rest of this chili is a breeze.
I decided to use beer as the liquid part of the chili to add a little extra depth in flavor. I used a vanilla coffee blonde ale that I got from a local Charlotte brewery, Cabarrus Brewing Company. I thought this was a perfect choice because after researching some chili recipes, I found that putting coffee in chili enhances the earthy flavors of the meat and can add a little bit of smokiness. I think it added a really nice flavor, plus the alcohol cooks out so you can still serve this yummy chili to the kiddos!
To be honest, I’ve never really cooked short ribs before this. I’ve had some really awesome ragus made with short ribs and loved the flavor and texture, so I thought this cut would also be really great in chili, as well. Another thing that I like about short ribs is that they’re pretty cheap in relation to other cuts of beef. Since they are a stew meat, meaning they like to be cooked low and slow, this tends to mean they’re a little more budget friendly. After being in the slow cooker most of the day, the short ribs fall off the bone and practically shred themselves.
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All in all, this chili is a flavorful way to warm up on a chilly winter day.
Beer Braised Short Rib Chili
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