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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Country Ribs

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These 5 Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker are perfect for those busy days when you want dinner ready (and without the fuss) after a long, hard day.

Root beer country ribs for the slow cooker on a plate with a fork and broccoli.

I’ve been noticing over the past several years that, in general, people want their food preparation to be as quick and easy as possible.

In response to that, I’m sharing with you my 5 Ingredient recipe for Root Beer Country Ribs made in the slow cooker. While they may not be quick (regarding cooking time), you simply can’t get any easier!


**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making 5 Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” (found above) and be taken directly to the recipe.


5-Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs

Ingredients for making Root Beer Country Ribs:

  • pork country ribs
  • ketchup
  • bbq sauce
  • dehydrated minced onions
  • root beer
  • salt and pepper

How this recipe came to be:

This recipe for 5 Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker came about on a bit of a whim. It was one of those times when I needed to get to the grocery store for a few staples, but hadn’t yet gone, and was dragging my feet.

Since I had taken pork country ribs out the freezer the night before and they were thawed and ready to cook, I decided to add them to the slow cooker along with a few items I already had on hand.

As a general rule, I like to add freshly chopped onions into just about everything savory I cook.

However, because I had run out of onions, (See? I told you I needed to get the store), I tossed in a few tablespoons of dehydrated onions along with some root beer, ketchup, and prepared BBQ sauce that I had in the fridge.

You see, you don’t even need a knife to prepare this dinner, so it really couldn’t be any easier to make.

And you have my word on it that anyone can do it, even the kids!

Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

Being flexible:

Years ago, long before I had a blog (or there even was such a thing), I was a fully scheduled wife and mom. I would clean my house every Thursday (top to bottom), schedule my families meals on the calendar for the month, and every Friday, come hell or high water, I’d go grocery shopping in the morning.

I was so routine about my grocery shopping that it even got to be a running joke between some of my family and friends. No doubt about it, I was a Stepford wife!

Fast forward to today, even though I still enjoy my trips to the grocery store (I find some of my best inspiration there), I go (or don’t go) according to how I feel, and how badly we need food in the house.

To say things have changed over the years is an understatement…and please don’t even get me started about how my house cleaning routine has changed.

Dare I say…I cringe at the thought of it. LOL

Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

Don’t sweat the small stuff:

If I had to pinpoint when the change in my routines started taking place, I’d say it was probably when our sons grew up and moved out of the house.

I find I floundered quite a bit (and still do) with not feeling as needed as I once did and with finding my own voice (not just my “mom voice”).

Coming into my own, and feeling comfortable in my own skin is a process that takes time, understanding, and patience.

Personally, I finally know that it’s totally okay to cut myself some slack and not be so regimented when it comes to things like daily chores and weekly grocery shopping trips.

Life is too short to be stressing over the dirty dishes in the sink or how full the pantry is!

What does all this have to do with 5-Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker, you ask?

Well, Since I still love to cook and bake as much as I always have, I now tend to gravitate a little more to the easier recipes. The dishes and dinners I can make with the ingredients I already have on hand so I don’t need to be as tied to the grocery store as I once was.

And, in doing so, I’ll be bringing you the recipes I know will resonate with all you busy women and men out there who want fresh, home-cooked meals, but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen making them.

If you have the 5 easy ingredients, and 5 minutes of prep time available these root beer country ribs can be on your dinner table tonight.

Can these Root Beer Country Ribs be made in the Instant Pot?

Sure thing.

Follow the same preparation steps, but set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 35-40 minutes before releasing pressure.

How to make Root Beer Country Ribs in the Slow Cooker:

  • Season the ribs (I used bone-in) with salt and pepper and place them into a slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl combine ketchup, BBQ sauce, and root beer.
Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker
  • Whisk the sauce ingredients together.
  • Add the dehydrated minced onions to the cooker, and pour the root beer sauce over the ribs.
  • Cover and set the slow cooker to high for 6 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy. They’ll be fall-off-the-bone-tender!
Root Beer Country Ribs Recipe for the Slow Cooker

There! You can get much easier than that!

Dig in! It’s dinner time!!

And, don’t forget to pour the sauce over the meat! It’s delicious!!

Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

Additional slow cooker meals:

Healthy Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup
Chicken Vesuvio for the Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham
German Pork and Sauerkraut for the Slow Cooker

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s 5 Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs.

Moist & Meaty Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Root Beer Country Ribs

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
These 5 Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker are perfect for those busy days when you want dinner ready (and without fuss) after a long, hard day.
4.3 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 5 mins
Course Easy Slow Cooker
Cuisine American Comfort Food
Servings 6
Calories 241 kcal


  • 4-5 pounds bone-in country ribs boneless may also be used
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoon dehydrated minced onion
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 8 ounces root beer


  • Season the ribs with salt and pepper.
  • Place the ribs into the slow cooker and top with the dehydrated onions.
  • Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour into the cooker.
  • Cover and set the cooker on high for 5 hours.
  • Remove the ribs from the cooker using a slotted spoon, and serve hot.


If using an Instant Pot follow the same instructions but cook under pressure for 35-40 minutes before carefully releasing pressure.
Store leftovers, covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.
The pork may be shredded for sandwiches if desired.
Tools and equipment;
7- quart slow cooker (or Instant Pot), large slotted spoon, measuring cups, measuring spoons


Serving: 1Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 13gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 137mgSugar: 3g
Keyword root beer country ribs, slow cooker country ribs, slow cooker root beer ribs
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Slow Cooker Root Beer Country Ribs on a white plate with broccoli.

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Recipe Rating

Jan La Rochelle

Friday 11th of October 2019

Fabulous! So so good!


Friday 11th of October 2019

Awesome, Jan!! Thanks for letting me know. Glad you enjoyed it!! Have a great day! Renee


Saturday 21st of July 2018

You are so right! It doesn't get any easier than this! I'm in the same boat as you, with the kids out of the house and a daily regimen that doesn't seem as important any more. Easier meals is what I strive for now and love how you just threw everything in and voila dinner! I bet this is fall off the bone delicious.


Monday 23rd of July 2018

Thank you, Linda! It is definitely fall off the bone delicious!!


Saturday 21st of July 2018

Using root beer is such a great idea! Thanks for the recipe.


Monday 23rd of July 2018

Every time I make this I think of my dad. He was a root beer lover!