Chinese Slow Cooker Spareribs

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1 pound beef spareribs
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
1 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours
Servings: 4
Difficulty: easy


The hoisin and soy sauce give the ribs a nice salty tang and the honey, mirin and brown sugar add just enough sweetness to round out the sauce. If that wasn’t enough, you add some Chinese 5 spice powder to the mix, one of my favorite spices. Its sweet, spicy and licoricey. It smells as good as candy.
Okay now I want you to all pay close attention, here comes the hard part. Put the ribs in a slow cooker. Mix all the sauce ingredients together. Pour them over the ribs. Turn on the slow cooker. That is my kind of cookin.
After about 4 hours in the crock pot, this is what you get. Beautiful. See how shiny they are? That is what the mirin will do for you. If you don’t know what mirin is, it is a sweet rice wine. Now, don’t go popping open a bottle at your next dinner party, this is used strictly for cooking. It is sweet and syrupy and this is what makes these ribs so glossy and pretty.
Place spareribs in a 5 quart slow cooker.
Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over the ribs.
Serve with steamed rice and stir-fry vegetables.
These look so delicious. I have never made these or cooked ribs in a slow cooker (and I love my slow cooker…) I will have to see the butcher as I don’t see these ribs cut like this … I wonder if it matters? Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for visiting and your kind words on my cards. I am glad I got to find a fun blog to add to my cooking!!
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