Moist & Meaty Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

5-Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

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.

Root beer country ribs for the slow cooker

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.

5-Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs

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 in the fridge and pantry.

As a general rule, I like to add fresh 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, anyone can do it, even the kids!

Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

Years ago, long before I had a blog (or there even was such an animal), 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. I was possessed.

Now, 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 don’t even get me started about how my house cleaning routine has changed. Dare I say; I cringe at the thought of it.

Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

If I had to pinpoint when the change in my routines started taking place, I’d say it was probably when our sons grew 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, that finding my voice (not my “mom voice”), and coming into my own is a process that takes time, understanding, and patience. And, it’s okay to cut myself some slack and not be so regimented when it comes to things like daily chores.

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, but now I tend to gravitate a little more to the easier recipes. The ones 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.

Here are the 5-ingredients, and the 5 minutes you’ll need to spend in preparing these Root Beer Country Ribs for 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

You can get much easier than that! Dig in! It’s dinner time!! And, don’t forget to pour the sauce over the meat…like I did. LOL

Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker

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Moist & Meaty Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker
5-Ingredient Root Beer Country Ribs for the Slow Cooker
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
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.
Course: Main Course
Author: Renée - Kudos Kitchen
  • 4-5 pounds bone-in country ribs boneless may also be used
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoon dehydrated minded onion
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 8 ounces root beer
  • Tools and equipment:
  • 7 quart slow cooker
  • medium bowl
  • whisk
  • slotted spoon
  1. Season the ribs with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the ribs into the slow cooker and top with the dehydrated onions.
  3. Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour into the cooker.
  4. Cover and set the cooker on high for 6 hours.
  5. Remove the ribs from the cooker using a slotted spoon, and serve hot.

For other fast and flavorful slow cooker meal ideas, please check out my other recipes for:

Healthy Homemade Chicken Barley Soup:

Healthy Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio:

Chicken Vesuvio for the Slow Cooker

Split Pea Soup with Ham:

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

German Pork and Sauerkraut:

German Pork and Sauerkraut for the Slow Cooker

If you are a queen of the slow cooker (or aspire to be), or even the queen of the crock (as it says on the apron), then you might enjoy wearing one of my fun and whimsical hand painted aprons as you work in the kitchen. 

Queen of the Crock hand painted apron

All of my hand painted fabrics are machine washable and tumble dryable. If there is something I can paint for you, from fabrics to glassware items, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a price quote, or visit my shop. Custom orders are always welcome, and I will happily paint and design from any idea, photo, or description you send my way.

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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