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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Ribs


¼ cup Best Choice Dark Brown Sugar, packed

2 tbsp Best Choice Chili Powder

1 tbsp Best Choice Salt

2 tsp Best Choice Onion Powder

1 tsp allspice

2 racks St. Louis-style pork spare ribs, 2 1/3 to 3 pounds each), cut into 3 or 4 rib sections

1 ½ cups (12oz can) Best Choice Root Beer (not diet), divided

2 tbsp Best Choice Cornstarch, dissolving in 2 tbsp cold water



Combine sugar, chili powder, salt, onion powder and allspice in medium bowl.

Set aside half spice mixture (about 1/3 cup); sprinkle rest over both sides of ribs.

Pour ½ cup root beer into slow cooker and add ribs.

Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or on high for 3 ½-4 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 cooking liquid and pour off fat. Add ½ cup remaining liquid to sauce; stir until smooth.

Brush ribs with sauce, serve with remaining sauce on side. Enjoy!


Source: National Pork Board

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