Slow Cooker Root Beer Ribs

Recipe Slow Cooker Root Beer Ribs

Whether you are tailgating, or just looking for a mouthwatering slow cooker recipe, these easy-to-cook ribs are a must try!


  • 2 racks St. Louis-style spare ribs (2⅓ to 3 pounds each), cut into 3- or 4-rib sections
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 ½ cup (12-ounce can) root beer (not diet), divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Brush ribs with sauce, serve with remaining sauce on side.

Serves 6

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