Sticky Spicy Spare Ribs

Broiling the ribs removes most of the fat, but they still get very tender in the slow cooker.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 8 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 4 lbs. lean pork spare ribs
  • 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup chili sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup garlic-chili sauce
  • 1 shallot, minced


  • Place the ribs on a broiler-safe platter. Broil on high until much of the fat has been rendered. Place in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the brown sugar, chili sauce, rice vinegar, garlic-chili sauce, and shallot. Pour over the ribs. Cook for 8 hours.
  • Remove spare ribs from the slow cooker. Place them on a baking sheet in a cold oven to keep warm. Strain sauce into a small bowl. Drain off fat. Pour over the ribs before serving.