Slow Cooker Asian Barbecue Ribs

Super tender and delicious fall-off-the-bone Slow Cooker Asian Barbecue Ribs. A tried and tested and practically NO FAIL recipe! Always a big hit!



Whenever we have people over at our house, this is the recipe I frequently turn to. It’s a proven winner. Everyone seems to love this and I always get asked for the recipe. What’s even better, since it’s slow-cooked, you can prepare it in the morning and then forget about it till the guests arrive and it’s serving time.


Slow Cooker Asian Barbecue Ribs


Easy and delicious. I always pair this with rice for a perfect Asian meal.


Super tender and delicious fall-off-the-bone Slow Cooker Asian Barbecue Ribs. A tried and tested and NO FAIL recipe!


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Asian Ribs


These yummy ribs pair well with both Pansit and  Chicken and Cashew Nuts Stir-fry. When I have guests over for Asian night this is my exact meal menu and this is good for 6-8 people at least.




Chicken and Cashew Nuts Stir-Fry


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2 ½ kilos / 5 lbs of country style pork ribs, regular ribs or pork shoulder

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
1/2 cup soy sauce (get a wheat-free brand if you wish to do a fully gluten-free version)
1/2 cup ketchup
3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce (if unavailable, substitute with 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1-inch fresh ginger, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 large onion, chopped


In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients to make the sauce leaving out the chopped onion and the meat. Or if you are in a hurry, just mix all the ingredients in the slow cooker itself (again less the meat).

Note: If you want the meat to absorb more flavor, you can marinate the ribs on the sauce in the fridge overnight. I place everything in the slow cooker – place it on the fridge and then cook it the next day.

Place the chopped onion at the bottom of the slow cooker.

Dip each piece of meat in the sauce until they are fully coated. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the meat.

Cook on low for about 6-7 hours. I usually crank the slow cooker to high for the first hour just to get a head start and then turn it back to low afterwards.

Transfer the cooked ribs (they’d be so tender they may fall off the bones!) to a serving platter and keep warm.

If you want to make a gravy….

Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or strainer to remove bits and pieces of meat and other ingredients in the liquid. You may use up all the sauce or just however much you want. Place the strained sauce in a saucepan and heat up gently. Add 1-2 teaspoons of either arrowroot or cornstarch mixed with a little water. Stir until smooth and cook to your desired thickness and consistency. Season if desired.

Drizzle the sauce on top of the meat. Garnish with chopped scallions. Serve with rice and your favorite veggies.




    • January 18, 2013 / 3:46 am

      Thanks, Nicole! We had a good dinner and enjoyed this a lot! Hope you like it too!

  1. January 19, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    These ribs look so good! Can't beat a slow cooker for delivering great results every time–and for virtually no work!

    • January 22, 2013 / 4:14 pm

      So true Jean! I cannot live without my slow cooker! 🙂

  2. January 20, 2013 / 10:55 pm

    Just saw these on FG and had to let you know how amazing they look! Pinned!

    • January 22, 2013 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks Valerie! That's so sweet of you! Glad you stopped by.

  3. January 23, 2013 / 1:37 am

    Hi! These look so delicious! It might be worth noting, for people who found your recipe listed as "gluten free" on foodgawker, that they need to substitute your soy sauce with tamari.

    I hope to make these someday soon!

    • January 29, 2013 / 2:32 am

      Thanks, I will note that and hope you get to try this soon! 🙂

  4. Nora Yasay
    February 13, 2013 / 5:03 am

    We had this for dinner and it was delish! Salamat sa recipe.

    • February 15, 2013 / 3:10 am

      Salamat din Nora Yasay for giving us a feedback! So happy you enjoyed these ribs!

    • KittiePrincess
      August 25, 2013 / 3:09 am

      Made this for my picky Chef husband & HE LOVED IT!!! gave it 4 stars (does not happen very often)…so thank you 4 broadening my recipe profile. Have now put you on my FB like page…
      thank you ♡ thank you ♡

    • June 16, 2014 / 3:37 pm

      That is awesome! I can't believe I have missed this comment. Please pardon me.

    • September 23, 2013 / 8:53 pm

      Appreciate the share and pin Serena. Thanks! Glad you stopped by!

  5. cecilia
    March 19, 2014 / 8:34 am

    muy buena pinta

  6. June 14, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    Ummm…. YUM! They look so delicious and easy! What a combo! I had to pin. Dropping by from Enjoying Yummy Recipes Deb @ Kneaded Creations

    • June 16, 2014 / 3:39 pm

      Glad you came by Deborah. Hope you and your family enjoy this dish. Thanks.

  7. June 14, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    We adore ribs in the slow cooker! These look FANTASTIC! pinned for us to make SOON!

    • June 16, 2014 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by, please enjoy!

  8. July 13, 2014 / 2:42 am

    Thanks for the recipe. I would really like to try this but i need to buy a slow cooker yet. May i know what brand of slow cooker you use? Thanks!

    • August 12, 2014 / 2:52 am

      I use Hamilton Beach though I also have a Kenmore.

  9. November 22, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    I love your BBQ ribs and I have all of the ingredients except the ribs! Nettie

    • Michelle
      April 14, 2019 / 6:37 pm

      This was easy and delicious! They fell apart and were melt-in-your-mouth! I will make this over and over again!

      • abigail
        April 14, 2019 / 10:43 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this! It’s such a yummy recipe for sure. Thanks for letting us know.

  10. November 22, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Sounds mouthwatering! What a wonderful slow cooker meal!

  11. November 24, 2014 / 7:32 am

    I had to pop by to jot down the ingredients for these ribs again! They are a family favorite! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  12. November 24, 2014 / 10:27 am

    Your dish looks absolutely amazing! I really need to but a slow cooker now 🙂

  13. September 30, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Are these like the ones you get from take out. My son loves those and I'm having a hard time recreating them, as we don't do take out much and they are a special treat, but have started to upset my tummy as well as his. I thought if I could make them myself they might be better… Thank you!!!

    • October 1, 2015 / 3:10 am

      I don't know what the take-out ribs are like as I don't order them. I often serve this when we have guests for dinner and they always love it. Perhaps you can try and then be the judge. 🙂

  14. October 30, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    OMG!! My family loves, loves, loves this! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  15. October 30, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    OMG! My family loves, loves, loves this! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  16. November 20, 2015 / 3:30 am

    Looks great.

  17. June 1, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    love the flavour combination for this must try rib recipe!

  18. June 2, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    This is happening – I just need to buy the ribs – I have everything else in my pantry!

  19. June 3, 2016 / 1:57 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. My family would love it!!

  20. June 29, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Would this work as a freeze ahead meal?

    • June 30, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      You may freeze it after it's cooled down. I suggest dividing it into a few batches for easier thawing rather than the whole lot. Thanks!

  21. July 12, 2016 / 2:20 am

    What would be a good side dish to serve with these ribs?

    • October 4, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you very much! This is always a big hit!

  22. May 18, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    The pictures of the ribs looks good. I’m going to make them this weekend.

    • abigail
      May 19, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Hope you enjoy the ribs! Thanks!

  23. claire tridente
    July 3, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    These look yummy! I love all the ingredients listed here. I’m not a owner of a crock pot. Any suggestions of oven cooking? How long? Temp? Should I pan sear them first?

    Love to try this!! Thank You!

    • abigail
      December 28, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      I have done this in the oven – 300F for 3-4 hours. I sometimes crank it up to 325F during the last hour. Check it after 3 hours and see if they’re already tender to your liking. I also chop them in smaller pieces when I do the oven-style.

  24. Carmen
    February 7, 2019 / 6:17 pm

    I am planning on making these for my husband’s birthday dinner celebration, I’m trying to find out, what’s the serving size for the recipe? More or less. Thank you.

    • abigail
      February 8, 2019 / 9:56 pm

      Depending on people’s appetites it should feed between 6-8 people.

  25. abc
    March 2, 2019 / 8:27 am

    When to put the onions?

    • abigail
      March 2, 2019 / 10:35 am

      Just place the chopped onion at the bottom of the slow cooker then add the rest on top.

      • abc
        March 2, 2019 / 7:50 pm

        Thanks. Will try it today.

  26. Debbie Mann
    September 13, 2019 / 9:55 pm

    Good evening! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Tell me, can you use short ribs as well?

    • abigail
      September 14, 2019 / 8:59 am

      You can try that for sure. Perhaps just adjust the time of cooking. Let us know how it goes. Thanks!

  27. Hannah Majewski
    July 21, 2020 / 4:05 pm

    This was a super supper! I had to make a couple of changes: switched out rice vinegar with apple cider vinegar and used pepper flakes instead of sweet chili sauce (forgot to buy both at the grocery store!) Mine turned out a little dry because I let it cook too long but the sauce helped moisten it. Definitely a keeper!

    • abigail
      July 21, 2020 / 10:19 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this Hannah! Thanks for letting us know!

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