I love my crock-pot (the one thing I wish is that it had a programmable feature - that'll be on the next one). We usually make slow cooker recipes on the day of the week when the husband has a long day at school, because we both come home tired and lacking the desire to cook.
can also add celery or other similar vegetable at this time
Heat oil in frying pan, enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the ribs. Brown on all sides. Drain the fat. Place ribs in 5 qt. slow cooker.Mix next 7 ingredients well in bowl.Stir in onion. Pour over short ribs. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hrs. or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hrs. Spoon the fat off of the top. Serve the ribs with or without the sauce to accompany.
We serve this with polenta or mashed potatoes and vegetables. This week we had it with polenta and sautéed spinach, and a modified Caesar salad on the side.