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Recipe: (Tasty Tasty) Bacon Shredded Short Ribs in the Slow Cooker

By October 22, 2020Recipes
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There’s nothing better than throwing some high quality (double-tasty) ingredients into a slow cooker and eating a life-altering meal a few hours later.

Bacon Shredded Short Ribs

But wait — it does get even better when the ingredients are boneless short ribs and bacon, and the output is transcendent enough to make you moan involuntarily (especially when served over sweet potatoes).

Bacon Shredded Short Ribs

Here’s the recipe. Grab your slow cooker and your friends — and try not to eat it all at once.

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(Tasty Tasty) Bacon Shredded Short Ribs

There’s nothing better than throwing some high quality ingredients into a slow cooker and eating a life-altering meal a few hours later.

Category Dinner, Paleo, Slow Cooker
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jon Gilson


  • 2 lbs boneless short ribs
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 white onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp butter


Short Rib Preparation:

  1. Cut boneless short ribs and bacon in half (ensuring your cuts will fit in the slow cooker).
  2. Dice onion and garlic.
  3. Put ribs, bacon, onion, and garlic in slow cooker.
  4. Coat with olive oil and lemon juice, then salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook for 5 hours on high.

Sweet Potato Preparation:

  1. Cube sweet potatoes.
  2. Add potatoes to ~3 inches of water in a large pot and cover.
  3. Bring to a boil on high heat, then remove cover.
  4. Cook 12 additional minutes.
  5. Remove pot from heat and drain potatoes.
  6. Return potatoes to the pot, add butter, and mash to desired consistency.

Serving the Meal:

  1. Remove short ribs from the slow cooker and place in a large bowl.
  2. Using a pair of forks, shred the short ribs.
  3. Cover half of each plate with a thin layer of sweet potatoes, and lay shredded short ribs over the top.
  4. Serve alongside your favorite salad or coleslaw. (I made a simple red cabbage, white cabbage, green apple, and paleo mayonnaise mix.)

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be compliant on any level depending on your bacon, so keep an eye out for sugar and nitrates.

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Jon Gilson
Jon Gilson is a coach and writer, and the former CEO of the Whole Life Challenge.

Previously, he founded Again Faster Equipment, a functional fitness equipment company created to serve the CrossFit community. Established in 2006, Jon took the Company global in 2012, twice landing on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Senior Lecturer for CrossFit, Inc., training aspiring CrossFit trainers at over 100 seminars, including engagements in Iceland, Afghanistan, Moscow, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Jon also served on the CrossFit L1 Advisory Board, helping establish policy for the organization’s training efforts from 2011 to 2013.

He’s also done stints in state government, gym management, and consulting — and currently teaches classes at CrossFit City Line.

Jon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Finance and Control from the Harvard Extension School, 2006, and has completed coursework in data analytics.