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Asian Style Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

Pop everything in the slow cooker and walk away. Perfect for an easy weeknight meal on those cooler days
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 737kcal
Author: Whole Food Bellies


  • 2.5 lb pork ribs I used baby back
  • 2 tbsp chinese five spice
  • 1 onion peeled and halved
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce not tomato kethcup
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chinese five spice


  • Cut the rack of ribs in to 4 smaller pieces (kitchen scissors are great for this). Sprinkle the chinese five spice onto the raw meat, and rub in with your hands
  • Pop the cut onion into the bottom of the slow cooker, arrange the ribs on top, close, and cook of high for 4 to 5 hours. Until the meat is tender and falling off the bone
  • minutes before the ribs are finished, combine the tomato sauce, dijon, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder and chinese five spice in a small pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes
  • To serve, slather the cooked ribs with the bbq sauce
  • If you like a stickier rib, pop the slathered ribs under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes on both sides (optional)


Calories: 737kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.3g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 39.9g | Saturated Fat: 14.2g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 196mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 17.1g