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Slow Cooker Ribs with PA Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce

For those who can't BBQ due to the weather this recipe lets you make smokey, super-tender, meat-falling-off-the-bones ribs in a slow cooker.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Sauce, Birch Beer Sauce, Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce, PA Dutch Birch Beer BBQ Sauce, Pork Spareribs, Ribs, Slow Cooker
Servings: 8 people


  • 6 lbs pork spareribs separated
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Chicken base
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Crystal hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Combine the water, apple cider, tomato sauce, brown sugar, Better Than Bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, Crystal hot sauce, soy sauce and liquid smoke together in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir until the brown sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Quarter the onions and arrange the pieces on the bottom of the slow cooker. Set the temperature to low.
  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Apply the dry rub liberally to all sides of the ribs.
  • Carefully arrange the ribs in the slow cooker on top of the onions, meat side up. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. When ribs are done, carefully remove from the slow cooker. Place ribs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. Evenly apply the Birch Beer Barbecue Sauce to the ribs using a spoon or pastry brush.
  • Transfer the ribs to the pre-heated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Apply a second, thin layer of Birch Beer BBQ Sauce and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until sauce reaches desired color and doneness.