Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Short Ribs Sliders topped with Beer Caramelized Onion Horseradish Sauce are perfect for a party or watching football!
I get really excited this time of year. The leaves are starting to turn, the air is crisp enough at night to sit outside with a fire going in the pit, we can escape the sweltering southern heat and sip on all the pumpkin beer I can get my hands on.
We normally brew our own pumpkin beer in the fall and I have to say that we have mastered the recipe. Think pumpkin pie rather than pumpkin spice and that should give you an idea of my preference of pumpkin beer flavor. We haven’t got to it yet this year, but I’m having a good time sampling everything that’s out there. Two of my go-to favorite pumpkin beers are Southern Tier’s Pumpking and NoDa’s Gordgeous. They’re both delicious to drink and for cooking up some short ribs. I used Pumpking for these Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Braised Short Ribs Sliders with Beer Caramelized Onion Horseradish Sauce. I made Beer Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms and Polenta and Pumpkin Ale and Butterscotch Donuts with Gordgeous. I’m telling you – you can’t go wrong with either of these beers. (This is not a sponsored post – I just love talking about good craft beer)
Speaking of October and pumpkin beer, Sara from Cake Over Steak is hosting a virtual pumpkin party! If you’re looking for all the pumpkin recipes to make your October the best it can be, head over to the Virtual Pumpkin Party page and get your pumpkin on!
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Braised Short Ribs Sliders with Beer Caramelized Onion Horseradish Sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 1/2 pounds short ribs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 16 ounces pumpkin ale divided
- 2 onions thinly sliced
- 9 ounce jar prepared horseradish
- 1/4 cup mayonaise
- slider rolls
Melt butter and olive oil over medium-high heat
Generously salt and pepper short ribs (measurements above are guidelines and don't have to be exact)
Sear short ribs on all sides - working in batches so not to over crowd the pan - 2-3 minutes per side
Transfer short ribs to slow cooker
Pour 1/4 cup of pumpkin ale into the pan used to cook the short ribs and pour the rest of the beer over the meat in the slow cooker
Cook short ribs on low for 6 hours
Add sliced onions to pan with the beer and cook on medium for 20 - 30 minutes or until softened and caramelized
Reserve some of the beer caramelized onions for toppings
Combine remaining beer caramelized onions, horseradish, and mayonaise to the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine to desired consistency
Remove meat from the bones and shred by pulling it apart with a couple of forks
Pile shredded short ribs onto slider rolls, top with caramelized onion horseradish sauce and finish with reserved beer caramelized onions
- This made about 12 sliders and can easily be adjusted to make more or less, depending on the size of your slow cooker
- I didn’t make the beer caramelized onion horseradish sauce too smooth. I left it with a little texture, but it’s a flexible sauce and you can make it how you like it.
David @ Spiced
You know what’s funny? I’ve totally been thinking about making braised short ribs lately. These sliders look amazing!! And I love that you used Pumpking in this recipe. I can see how the beer would give these sliders a wonderful Fall hint of flavor. Save me a plate and a seat at the firepit, mmkay? 🙂
Short ribs are soooo good. I love how you combined it with caramelized onions too! Such a good game day snack!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
I LOVE everything about these Rachelle! I’m sure my husband would too!
Milena | Craft Beering
Oh yes! For one, I love your choice of ale (we definitely do not seek out pumpkin ales heavy on the spice, lol), but I love short ribs sooo much that feel compelled to try your recipe!Pinned!
9 x out of 10 if short ribs are on the menu – short ribs are on my plate! These sliders are everything I love(!), and then some!! Love these, Rachelle! Pinned!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
I love pumpkin ale too and I bet this is absolutely amaze balls in this recipe!! Gimme, like, 6 of these right now! They look toooo good!
Keri | Fashionable Foods
I absolutely love short ribs, and these sliders look SO delicious, Rachelle! Perfect fall meal.
karrie / Tasty Ever After
I’m not the biggest fan of drinking pumpkin ales, but I’m definitely on board for cooking with one! And short ribs? Girl, I’ve never said no to a short rib in my life! Gettin’ some this weekend so I can try this 🙂
Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen
Beer and caramelized onions are a match made in heaven!
These sound amazing!
Des @ Life's Ambrosia
I love savory pumpkin recipes! This looks so good!
Braising the short ribs in pumpkin ale is brilliant! The short ribs looks so tender and succulent! Love it!!
Adriana Lopez Martin
Using beer for cooking and brining is perfect ingredient makes meat tender and so flavorful. This recipe is perfect for a fall party thanks for sharing.
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
Ok…can you can YUM!!! What a great sounding dish. Perfect for entertaining when friends come over for movie night. Can’t wait to give these a try.
These sliders sound fantastic! What a mouthwatering dish…a perfect meal for the season!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
I’ve never made short ribs myself, but I’ve eaten them several times. I love the sound of all of these great flavors together.
There’s not much about this I can argue with … except maybe having enough to go around?! LOL Fall weather does call for slow cooked food, fires and friends!
Oh you had me at short ribs and pumpkin ale.. This sounds so incredible. I love cooking with alcohol and you have an awesome collection. Can’t wait to try this soon. The horseradish sauce sounds yum.
I wanted to try to make braised short rib for a while now and it always looked complicated to me. I should try your recipe, it looks great!
Ok 3 things I have to tell you 🙂 1. I love the name of your blog
2. Pumpkin beer caught my interest – can you please share the recipe with me 😊👍🏼?
3. I love sliders more than burgers because I can finish them 🙂 this recipe is so unique – love it
Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
Oh my goodness, these look and sound amazing! I love anything with caramelized onions, and there’s nothing quite like short ribs
Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine
Hell yes! These are looking so fantastic that I’m drooling all over my keyboard.
These sliders looks delicious, This braised short ribs and caramelized onion sounds so yum. I love cooking with beer I tried only with with shiner bock, I think I need to try pumpkin ale now.
Agness of Run Agness Run
This seems like a very palatable and appetizing dish with goes perfectly with a pint of beer, Rachelle! Do you use a homemade mayonnaise?
Nope! I used Hellman’s straight from the jar! 🙂