Slow Cooker Braised Chocolate Short Ribs

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on February 19, 2014.



Slow Cooker Braised Chocolate Short Ribs

  • 1/4 cup diced bacon
  • 6 pounds bone-in short ribs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ground Kona coffee
  • 1-1/2 cups diced Maui onions
  • 1/4 cup diced shallots
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced, peeled carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock, divided
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons grated, unsweetened local chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons local cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, finely chopped


  1. Cook bacon in a large pot on medium-high, until crispy.
  2. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  3. Season short ribs with salt, pepper and coffee; sear in pot with bacon drippings about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove ribs and set aside.
  5. Saute onions, shallots, celery, carrots and garlic in same pot until softened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Pour in 1 cup of chicken stock and bring mixture to a boil.
  7. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to release any browned bits; remove from heat.
  8. Pour heated broth into a slow cooker.
  9. Add remaining broth, vinegar, tomatoes, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, short ribs, and bacon.
  10. Cook on high for 8 hours or until tender.
  11. Remove ribs, bay leaf, and thyme with a slotted spoon and place on a plate.
  12. Skim any fat from the remaining sauce.
  13. Cook sauce uncovered for an additional 30 minutes to thicken.
  14. Reduce heat to low and add chocolate, cocoa powder, and rosemary.
  15. Stir until chocolate melts; season with salt and pepper to taste, add ribs back and heat on medium until warmed about 30 minutes uncovered.

Makes 4 servings.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (not including salt to taste):
850 calories, 70 g fat, 30 g saturated fat, 140 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 39 g protein


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