Slow-Cooker Root Beer Ribs

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Ribs

  • TOTAL PREP TIME380 minutes
  • SERVINGS6
  • DEGREE OF DIFFICULTYMedium

Ingredients

  • 2 racks St. Louis-style 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
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Preparation

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.

Serves 6

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Southwest Kansas

My family and I live in the southwest part of the state. About 30 years ago I started raising hogs. It's been great to watch the continual improvement that our farms have made over the years. My wife, Nancy, and I have enjoyed raising our four children; Mandy, Mason, Miranda and Masheala, in a rural area.

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