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Slow Cooker Asian Style Ribs

With summer winding down, we know the days on the grill are numbered. So I figured that we need to start working on recipes for our favorite BBQ style food that can be prepared inside. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Mexican flavors, much to Kevin’s dismay, but I figured that I needed to try something different, not just for Kevin but for you as well. I want to give you a lot of different flavors and styles of food to choose from. So I went to one of my next favorite cuisines, Asian. I love Asian food, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, you name it I can find something on the menu that I love. In that I am very lucky living in the Pacific Northwest because we have may wonderful Asian restaurants to chose from in Seattle. 

I decided to keep it simple with this recipe. I mean it is a slow cooker recipe. Slow cooker recipes should be BING BAM BOOM in the pot and out the door you go, right? So the last thing I wanted to do was pile in a bunch of ingredients, or specialty items that you have to search all over town for. This recipe is straight to the point, in the pot and out, and you have some great tasting food on your plate for dinner! 
Kevin again decided to doubt me. When will he learn? He didn’t believe that ribs would be good out of the slow cooker. I mean if it isn’t grilled it isn’t good right? Ppsshhh, oh ye of little faith!! HE had to eat his words, literally, when the meal was on his plate. The ribs were juicy and just fell off the bone. Ha I think this is something like Bobbi – 10 Kevin – 0……go team!!!!
Slow Cooker Asian Style Ribs  

3 tablespoons ginger, grated*
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1 bunch of green onions, chopped whites and greens (reserve a bit of the chopped green for garnish)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup Sriracha (or other chili sauce)
2 racks baby back ribs
Cracked pepper
2 tablespoons corn starch

Heat the sesame oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the ginger, garlic and green onions for 1 minute. Add the brown sugar, chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and 1/2 cup water. Whisk to blend. 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.
Season the ribs with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker with the meaty side facing out. Pour the sauce over the ribs and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Remove the sauce from the slow cooker and strain. Remove any accumulated grease from the top. Combine 2 tablespoons 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.

Serve with white rice and garnish with remaining chopped green onions.

*storage tip for ginger, peel the ginger and place in the freezer, in a zipper bag. This prevents it from drying out and when you need to use it you just use your grater and grate off what you need.

  1. This sound and look delicious !

  2. You just inspired me to throw some ribs on the grill this weekend. Till now it was even hot to grill ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I LOVE slow cooked ribs. I have become a big big fan of this. In fact I posted a recipe a couple of weeks back. And I cook them more this way thank any other. Love the post.

  4. Thank you very much Linda ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. We grilled some rib eyes on Labor Day. We have been lucky enough to have a great summer this year. SO I am hoping for more grilling before the rain sets in here in Washington. Hope your ribs are fantastic!!

  6. Thanks Minnie! I am new to the ribs in the slow cooker thing so now my little head is spinning with ideas LOL

  7. Oh I can just taste this sauce – yummy! Adding this to my bookmarks of slow cooker recipes.

  8. Thanks so much Renee!! We still have a little container left of the sauce in the fridge. I couldn't bring myself to throw it out LOL

  9. Thanks so much foor linking up Bobbi :))

  10. You are very welcome Minnie ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for hosting!

  11. Awesome! Thanks Minnie ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I think you might do better with "country style" ribs, as baby backs are a bit too lean and could be stringy. Just my 2ยข…
    Looks like a good recipe, though. Thanks.

  13. Oh my. I need to promptly leave this screen and head to the kitchen. Serious tummy rumbles here as soon as I saw that shiny sauce. Slow cooking? Can just imagine the flavours and with these scallions… fabulous!

  14. Wow, that sauce looks so scrumptious! And I love that this can be made in the slow cooker! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Thanks Jill, we all were really happy with how they came out. The guys were fighting over who got the last ones LOL

  16. I am really beginning to develop a love for my slow cooker ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Hey Bobbi, your yumm Asian style ribs dish was featured in the Menu ๐Ÿ˜€ Come check it out. http://www.thelady8home.com/2012/09/14/menu-for-gala-dinner-extravaganza-week1/

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  19. Hank you so much Minnie. Geez I can't believe I didn't reply to your comment. I could have sworn I did!!

  20. I tried to submit it but the site said it was not a jpg even though it is so I could submit it ๐Ÿ™

  21. Made these last night and all I can say is fall off the bone finger lickin' good. I put them under the broiler for a few minutes to get that charred look and golden tan. Thanks Bobbi for sharing all your scrumptious recipes. ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Fabulous!! You have inspired me to get my slow cooker back out and make these babies again. It has been way too long! I love the idea of broiling them at the end!! I may have to add that if I redo this post ๐Ÿ™‚

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