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Sticky Brown Sugar and Beer Slow Cooker Ribs

Finger-licking ribs are the ultimate appetizer! Preparing pork ribs in the slow cooker means minimal prep time and allows you to relax as you wait for your finger food to cook. Slow cooking makes ribs extra tender, too! Serve them up alongside crudités, dips, and oven-baked fries for snacking, or turn them into a full meal with sides of mac and cheese, creamy coleslaw, and salad greens. The perfect game day food and ideal app for the holiday season.


Yield: Serves 2-3
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours, 8 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours, 23 minutes

1 ½ cups ketchup
½ cup IPA style beer
⅔ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chipotle powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
3 ½  - 4 lbs. pork baby back ribs, membrane removed and sliced in half


  1. Stir together all ingredients except ribs in a medium bowl until brown sugar is thoroughly mixed. Remove ⅔ cup of sauce mixture and set aside. Add remaining sauce to the bottom of slow cooker. Add ribs and use hands to coat in sauce on both sides. Cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 6-8 hours). Flip ribs using tongs halfway through cooking.
  2. Pour reserved sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until bubbling. Reduce heat to low and simmer until brown sugar is dissolved, 5-7 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Position oven rack to center and heat oven broiler on high. Remove ribs from slow cooker and place on a medium baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Brush ribs with reserved sauce. Broil for 6-8 minutes, until sauce is caramelized. Rest ribs for 10 minutes tented with aluminum foil before slicing.


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