Slow Cooker Asian BBQ Ribs

Who knew that you could make fall-off-the bone ribs in a slow cooker? They are awesome, especially slathered with this tangy Asian BBQ sauce. Let them cook for several hours, then throw them on the grill or under the broiler to finish them off.

TOTAL TIME: 5 hr 45 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 5 hr 30 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

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Directions

Heat the sesame oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the ginger, garlic and green onions until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar, chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and 1/2 cup water. Whisk until fully incorporated. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Sprinkle the ribs liberally with salt and pepper and place in an upright position in the slow cooker. The meaty side should be facing outwards. Spoon the sauce over the ribs and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Strain the sauce from the slow cooker into a saucepan and remove any accumulated grease from the top. Combine 1 tablespoon water with the cornstarch and whisk together in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the sauce until thickened and serve with the ribs.

Cook's Note: For a crisper texture, slather the ribs in the reduced sauce and char (meaty-side down) on a hot grill or under the broiler, 1 to 2 minutes per side, before serving with the remaining sauce.

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  • on March 05, 2014

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    What kind of chili sauce did you use? The sweet on, or the hot/spicy one? I would like to try this recipe. Thank you.... :)

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  • on February 18, 2014

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    The ribs came out fall-off-the-bone tender after 8 hours on low, but the sauce was nothing to rave about. I frequently make ribs in the slow cooker and finish them under the broiler with a bottled sauce. This recipe wasn't any better despite all the fresh ingredients. It wasn't worth the extra work to me.

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  • on December 03, 2013

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    This recipe is amazing!!! My husband and I had a rib cook off for our family and I won using this recipe. If you have the time use the 8 hours on low heat method. Your house will smell great and the meat will fall right off the bone!

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