Great recipe. I will definitely make it again. I didn't have any beer so I used beef broth instead - the flavor was still good. I bet with the beer it will be even more flavorful. I did this recipe again - it was still great. This time I had the beer but not the bacon. It probably helped cut down on the fat, but the flavor was still good. I also did it in the slow cooker. I made the recipe in a pan through adding the beer & tomatoes, scraping all the bit off the bottom. Then I put the ribs in the bottom of a crock pot & poured the sauce over them. Cook on low for 5 hours. Then added the potatoes & cooked another 90 min. to 2 hrs. I also took the liquid out & poured it through a fat separator. It was great!
This stew is a real winner. The whole family loved it. I think you could do this in a crockpot no problem.