Slow Cooker Asian Pork Ribs

If hoisin sauce isnʼt available, you can use all ketchup instead. If you prefer a hotter kick to the barbecue sauce, add more dried red pepper flakes or hot sauce to taste.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 8 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 4 lbs. country pork ribs
  • 1 3⁄4 cups ketchup
  • 1⁄4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine or rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1⁄4 tsp. five-spice powder
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • Pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. cold water


  • Cut the ribs into individual rib portions. Position the broiler rack about 6 inches from the source of the heat and preheat the broiler. Broil the ribs for 5 minutes on each side or until browned.
  • Add the ketchup, hoisin sauce, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, five-spice powder, onion, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and dried red pepper flakes to the slow cooker; stir to mix. Transfer the ribs to the slow cooker, coating the ribs with the sauce as you do so. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the ribs are tender.
  • If you want thicker sauce available to serve over the ribs, transfer the ribs to a platter and keep warm. Skim any surface fat from the sauce in the slow cooker. Cook, stirring occasionally, uncovered on high until the sauce is reduced to about 1 cup.
  • Mix the cornstarch together with the cold water in a small bowl. Whisk into the sauce, and cook, gently stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until the cornstarch taste is cooked out of the sauce and it is thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Either serve the sauce on the side or pour it over the ribs.