I have read a bunch of slow cooker country style rib recipes and wanted to start trying some out. The only problem was that I didn’t have a slow cooker. That’s okay; one benefit of writing a blog is it gives you new excuses to buy toys!
I picked up a 6 quart slow cooker at the local box store then swung by the grocery for a supply of country style ribs. I picked up about 3.5 lbs worth of ribs along with some Sweet Baby Rays and a bottle of Barq’s root beer. I got home, poured a cup of coffee and started my day off on a pretty good foot!
I have seen many variations on this recipe and decided I was just going to wing it. I seasoned the country style ribs with kosher salt and chili powder. While the ribs were hanging out I diced up half of a purple onion to throw in the pot.
I added half the country style ribs to the slow cooker, put some onions on top, and then added the rest of the ribs and onions. I didn’t measure things accurately but will guesstimate that I poured in about ¾ cup of the barbecue sauce and ¾ cup of the root beer.
It was 8:00 a.m. at this point and I wanted to eat these guys for lunch, not dinner, so I set the slow cooker to High and walked away. Four hours later it was noon and I was hungry. The country style ribs smelled great and they wanted to get inside my belly! They were close to fall apart tender and when I tried a bite was tickled with how good they tasted. The only problem was that they were kind of dull looking and maybe even on the ugly side of things.
I ended up carefully lifting the ribs out of the slow cooker and placed them on a foil lined baking sheet. I glazed the ribs with some Sweet Baby Rays and placed them into a 425F oven for 5-10 minutes to help the color set. This did the trick great and I ended up with those pretty country style ribs you see at the start of this post.
I was surprised by how well root beer and pork go together. This will go down as a slow cooker recipe to keep and I will be experimenting with more root beer in the future!