Root Beer Beef Shanks

This is a great slow cooker recipe that I made during the latest snow storm. This was our Sunday dinner. I didn’t run to the store for bread and milk and toilet paper. I ran to the store for beef shanks and root beer. That’s perfectly normal, right?

I started this around noon and went about my day while the Crock-Pot did most of the work.

Root Beer Beef Shanks

A different way to cook tender, mouth watering beef shanks
Cook Time: 5 hours 18 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 18 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef shanks, Cherry Tomatoes, crock pot, Green onions, root beer, smoked paprika, The Fresh Market
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal


  • 1 12 oz bottle root beer
  • 2 onions (small) peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 14.5 oz can low sodium diced tomatoes
  • 4 beef shanks
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • Pat beef shanks dry and season with salt and pepper
  • Heat some oil in a pan and sear both sides thoroughly, about 4 minutes per side
  • Place onions in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the root beer, paprika, apple cider vinegar and tomatoes. Stir to combine then add beef shanks
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours
  • Remove shanks and set aside. Tent foil over plate to keep the shanks warm
  • Pour the gravy in a pan and boil until it's reduced by about a third - roughly ten minutes. Dissolve corn starch into water and add to gravy. Simmer for another 5 to 8 minutes. Strain into a bowl or gravy boat. Line platter with strained tomatoes and onions from the gravy and add the shanks


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 862IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg
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