Slow-Cooker Root Beer Ribs

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Slow Cooker Root Beer RibsRecipe

Share the flavor with these sweet and spicy Slow-Cooker Root Beer Ribs! Tender St. Louis-style pork spare ribs get a tasty twist with a brown sugar-chili sauce everyone will love.

6 servings


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2 racks St. Louis spare ribs, (2 1/3 to 3 pounds each), cut into 3- or 4-rib sections
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 cup (12-oz) can root beer, (not diet), divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water


Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 6 Hours

Combine sugar, chili powder, salt, onion powder and allspice in medium bowl. Set aside half the spice mixture (about 1/3 cup.); sprinkle the rest over both sides of ribs. Pour 1/2 cup root beer into slow cooker and add ribs. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or on high for 3 1/2-4 hours, until ribs are very tender. 

With 10 minutes left on ribs, combine remaining root beer and reserved spice mixture in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce thickens, just a few seconds. Remove from heat; set aside. 

Remove ribs to platter and cover. Strain the cooking liquid and pour off fat. Add 1/3 cup remaining liquid to sauce; stir until smooth. 

Brush ribs with sauce, serve with remaining sauce on side. 

Created date

February 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 380
Protein 17 g
Fat 26 g
Sodium 1300 mg
Cholesterol 85 mg
Satfat 8 g
Carbohydrate 20 g
Fiber 1 g