Rootbeer Braised Short Rib Sandwich

Man do I love my slow cooker!  The crock pot is hands down the greatest invention in the history of man (ok maybe that’s taking it a little too far), but man oh man does slow cooking meat for 8 hours do something extraordinary to the taste.

And this root beer braised short rib sandwich recipe is not short on taste I can guarantee that.  On top of slow cooking short rib for 8 hours, this sandwich is topped with beer battered onion rings bringing an awesome addition to the overall flavor.

Making Short Ribs

It all starts with the short rib.  Stuff those babies into your crock pot and get ready to prepare the sauce.

Rootbeer Short Rib Sauce

Root beer give such a cool flavor to short rib.  I like to use a lot of it to get it infused into the meat.  Be sure to choose your favorite root beer when making this recipe.

Braising Short Ribs in Rootbeer

Pour the sauce over the short rib making sure to completely drown the meat in it.  Cover with your crock pot lit and set to low heat for 8 hours.

Rootbeer Braised Short Rib Sandwich with Fried Onion Rings

Get a nice bun and pile on a nice serving of the short rib.  Top with beer battered onion rings and … well I don’t really need to tell you what to do next!

Live to Eat!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Root Beer Braised Short Rib Sandwiches
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Slow cooked root beer braised short rib topped with beer battered onion rings on a toasted bun.
Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1½ Cups Root Beer
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcester Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • 1 Small Onion Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ½ Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3½ Pounds Short Rib
  1. Coat short rib with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Pre-heat crock pot.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients into a saucepan and quickly bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add meat to crock pot and cover in sauce.
  6. Slow cook for 8 hours on low temperature.
  7. Slice and toast buns.
  8. Layer buns with short rib and onion rings
  9. Use leftover sauce in crock pot to pour over the sandwich before eating.

7 Comments. Leave new

  • I am just loving everything about this delicious sandwich.. I can only imagine how good it must have tasted. Especially loving the idea of slow cooking the ribs in root beer!

  • Loved this recipe! I’m not crazy about root beer usually unless it’s served over vanilla ice cream, but I was so pleased with the great flavor it gave the short ribs! I didn’t make onion rings but next time I will, and there will be a next time!!

  • I made your recipe for dinner last night. It was a huge success!!! My husband thought it was the best short rib dinner I have ever made. Super easy to put together as well! I served with roasted cauliflower and some amazing gluten free fried onion rings.
    Thank you for a very balanced (spice was perfect with a hint of sweet) easy and oh so delicious meal for my family.

  • Hi there!
    Could I add beef stock, to balance out the sweet?

  • Is it possible to use a diet root beer may sound weird but am diabetic and was wondering. Not sure how the sweeteners would work.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
You need to agree with the terms to proceed

Rate this recipe: