• Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 4 hrs
  • Serves: 8

Baby Back Ribs w Root Beer BBQ Sauce

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 Ingredients List

  • 3 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs, trimmed
  • 1 large yellow or white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup root beer
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce (leave out the seeds for less heat)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


For the ribs, in a small bowl stir together the salt, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder and paprika. Make sure to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs (simple how-to here). Spread the spice mixture over the meaty side of the ribs and rub gently until coated.
Add the sliced onion and 1/2 cup root beer to the slow cooker (see note above for sizes/details) and place the ribs on top, cutting the racks of ribs to fit if needed. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
While the ribs cook, make the sauce by heating a saucepan over medium heat with the 1 tablespoon oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook on medium to medium-low, stirring often, until the onions soften and turn translucent, 7-8 minutes. Add the root beer and bring the mixture to a boil. Let it cook for 5-7 minutes until the liquid is reduced by about half.
Stir in the BBQ sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, minced chipotles and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and black pepper - start with 1/4 teaspoon each and add more to taste.
Simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes. Let it cool slightly and then carefully process in a blender (or use a handheld immersion blender) until smooth. Refrigerate the sauce if making in advance.
When the ribs have finished cooking, preheat the oven broiler and position an oven rack about 4-6 inches from the heating element. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Carefully lift the ribs from the slow cooker using a large, flat spatula and tongs (they will be very, very tender - like, fall-apart tender) and place them in a single layer on the baking sheet. Brush liberally with the prepared BBQ sauce and broil until the sauce bubbles and caramelizes, 2-3 minutes (watch closely so it doesn't burn).
Serve ribs with the remaining sauce on the side.

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