Slow Cooker Asian Barbecue Ribs

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. Easy and delicious.

I always pair this with rice and pancit. Perfect Asian meal.

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

For the sauce:

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 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1-inch fresh ginger, chopped or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 bay leaves (optional)


In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce except the bay leaves  and the meat. Or if you are in a hurry, just mix all the ingredients in the slow cooker itself (again less the meat and bay leaves).

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. 

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

Cook on low for about 6-8 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.  The remaining liquid will be quite watery. But you can use it as sauce already.

Alternatively, 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. Thicken with either arrowroot or cornstarch to your desired thickness and consistency.

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

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    • 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

  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!

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