With these Asian-inspired spare ribs, let your slow cooker do the work in maximizing flavor and tenderness in the meat. Blend up the sauce and throw your ribs into a slow cooker - allow to cook for 4 hours and don't skip reducing the sauce to make it nice and sticky. In no time you'll have a meal that will excite your taste buds and have you licking your fingers!
Serve on a bed of white rice with some green veggies for a complete feast for lunch or dinner. This is perfect to bring to a potluck meal or for supper at home.
- 2 racks spare ribs, trimmed (about 4 pounds)
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped peeled ginger
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon Chinese chile-garlic sauce, sambal oelek or other Asian chile sauce
- 1/2 cup water
On a cutting board, cut the racks into individual ribs and transfer to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.
In a blender, combine the ginger, garlic, hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, molasses, chile-garlic sauce and the water; puree until smooth.
Pour the mixture over the ribs and toss to evenly coat.
Cook, covered, on high for 4 hours, until the meat is tender but not falling off the bones.
Transfer the ribs to a foil-lined baking sheet. Strain the pan juices into a medium-size saucepan and spoon off as much fat as possible. Boil the pan juices until syrupy and reduced to 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8-inches from the heat. Brush the ribs with some of the sauce and broil until caramelized, about 5 minutes, turning once or twice.
Transfer to a platter and drizzle with any remaining sauce. Serve and enjoy!