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
Featured In: Root Beer Recipes
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, 0 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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daisey5 User ID: 146806 191412
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

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

CharlotteBaillargeon User ID: 1418919 195669
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."

bruce1936 User ID: 6320187 177940
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

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

NitemareStang User ID: 7297972 194801
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!"

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 132540
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

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

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 116688
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"used rib tips we had in the freezer. came out tender and moist. will try again with "proper" ribs and possibly jack up the spices the spices some. more garlic and red pepper please!"

debstamp User ID: 6321450 116754
Reviewed May. 13, 2013

"Made this yesterday for Mother's Day and they came out so moist and just fell off of the bone...the sauce was really good too!"

ejt325 User ID: 4790999 212461
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"I didn't let the sauce thicken enough, but they were still really good. I would double the spices next time."

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