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With family and friends planning their trips to head your way for the holidays, you need to be prepared with some easy make ahead recipes. Crockpots are a great solution for that too. This also makes a great dish for block parties too. You can serve the meat in baked potatoes, in a taco or on a bun. The flavor is great I can’t wait to make this one again!

Root Beer Braised Short Rib Sandwich

(Adapted from Cooking Divine)


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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


Coat short rib with salt and pepper and set aside.


Pre-heat crock pot.


Combine remaining ingredients into a saucepan and quickly bring to a boil.


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Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.


Add meat to crock pot and cover in sauce.


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Slow cook for 8 hours on low temperature. Once done I scooped off the grease on the top.


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Slice and toast buns.


Layer buns with short rib and onion rings.

Use leftover sauce in crock pot to pour over the sandwich before eating.

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