Root Beer BBQ Ribs Recipe
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Root Beer BBQ Ribs Recipe

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The slow cooker does a great job of creating super tender and juicy ribs. The yummy sauce has a mildly sweet flavor. —Mairyn S., Sandy, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4-1/2 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 804 calories, 55g fat (21g saturated fat), 220mg cholesterol, 1378mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (26g sugars, trace fiber), 46g protein


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until sauce is reduced to 2 cups. Set aside.
  2. Cut ribs into five serving-size pieces; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with sauce. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Root Beer BBQ Ribs in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2011, p47

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"They were very tender but did not taste the root beer."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"The ribs turned out fantastic! They were so very moist and tender with no root beer taste at all (which I was a little concerned about). There are only two of us so I "pulled" the leftover pork off of the bones and used it as a topper for baked potatoes later in the week. Very, very easy and yummy."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Sauce had very little flavor. Ended up dipping it in barbeque sauce out of a bottle."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"I made this today, they were yummy. I used a Turkey Baceter and put the sauce over the Ribs ever so often. The ribs were so Moist!"

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I used the boneless country ribs and the recipe turned out great."

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