Slow Cooker Honey Garlic & Ginger Ribs

Ribs are mine.  I own them.  I am humble.  One or two of those might be a fib… you decide. These ribs are sweet and sticky, in a most addictive way.

This week, our grocery store had pork side ribs on sale for $1.99 a pound.  I’m lucky to find back ribs on for $4 a pound, so this was more than a bit exciting to me.  Since having blown our own minds with the Easy Barbecue Ribs I’ve now made a couple of times, I wanted to experiment with different flavours.  I wasn’t entirely sure on the difference between back and side ribs while at the store, so I took my chances.  Turns out they were excellent.  The bones are a bit bigger, they might be a bit fattier, but for half the price, I’ll take it!  The only thing that would have made this recipe better would have been to use fresh ginger, but I had forgotten that I had used it all on Sunday… oh well, there will be a next time.


My Slow Cooker Honey Garlic & Ginger Ribs
Make in a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker, or double for 6 quart

2 1/2 to 3 lbs pork side ribs

For the rub:
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp each S&P

For the sauce:
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ginger (fresh would be kickier, I’d use about 1 tbsp of minced fresh)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp ketchup

Combine rib ingredients in small bowl and rub on both sides of the ribs, focusing on the meaty side. Because of the way the ribs are in the slow cooker, it is best to leave the membrane on or they will break apart when you remove them. Because the membrane is left on, the rub doesn’t really sink in well, so don’t focus on the underside. Place the ribs on end around the outside of the slow cooker, meaty side out and wider edge down. There is a photo showing what I mean on my BBQ ribs post.

To make the sauce, mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium high until boiling. Pour over ribs, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

After 6 hours, remove ribs (meaty side down) and place them on a rack which has been placed on a foil-covered baking sheet. Tent with foil and strain the juices left in the slow cooker into a small saucepan. Let the sauce sit for about 5 minutes and then skim off as much fat as you can. Bring the remaining liquid to a boil and reduce over medium heat until about halved in volume (10-15 minutes).

Brush ribs with sauce and place 10 inches below boiler (lower-middle rack) and broil on high for 3 minutes. Remove from oven, carefully flip, and brush meaty side liberally with sauce. Put under broiler for 9 minutes, removing every 2 or 3 minutes to baste with more sauce. Serve any remaining sauce on the side.

Enjoy your sticky fingers!

About Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She loves her lil' family, her cats, traveling, and creating in the kitchen. Her iPhone is often confused for a conjoined twin.


  1. These sound delicious!! And look amazing, too

  2. Those look so sticky and sweet. I’ve wanted to try ribs in a slow cooker, but I’ve been hesitant. Think I will put these on my to try list.

  3. They are just so good. The slow cooking keeps them moist and tender, but the broiling and basting with the reduced sauce takes them over the top with very little effort:)

  4. It’s my husband’s birthday tomorrow. This will be his dinner! Will baby back ribs work though?

  5. Absolutely! No changes to the directions… that’s what I had been using prior :)

  6. I’m sorry, I think I just drooled onto my keyboard. This is definitely going on my “to try” list!

  7. I know! I’ve said more than once that I wish I was half as photogenic as a rack of ribs:P

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  9. So you like this recipe better than the easy ribs you posted before? I am going to try one of these recipes and just wanted to see which you preferred. Thanks!

  10. I think the ultimate might be the baby back ribs (the other recipe), with this homemade honey garlic ginger sticky sauce… I’m finding ribs are like kids, impossible to pick a favourite :P

  11. Christine says:

    We dined on these ribs tonight and they were awesome! My kids hate sauce, even sweet, so I left A half rack out of the saucing step and they loved them. My husband is a happy boy too. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I just made these 2 days ago and they were amazing! To make life a bit easier, I marinated them with the rub the night before, and mixed all the ingredients of the sauce and kept it covered in the fridge. All I had to do in the morning was heat up the sauce and pour it over the ribs in the slow cooker. So easy! This will be my second time making ribs, and I was so happy with the outcome. Just the sweet spicy sauce is enough to make me keep coming back :-) Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and delicious recipe I plan to wow my friends/family with in the near future!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Mmmm! These are so great ! I add more garlic and ginger for kick, broil/baste a little longer to build up stickiness! Have become a family fav in our house! Thanks!

  14. Anonymous says:

    i made them and they were awesome :)

  15. Here we go again, talking about these yummy and beautiful ribs!

  16. They look delicious!

  17. lol Lord have mercy! I adore ribs and these sounds sweet and stickylicious!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I bought some organic side ribs. This is a must make tomorrow! Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Definitely making this week with my new slow cooker

  20. Anonymous says:

    I made it and it was awesome. Mu hubby just wished I broiled it a little longer because he likes it a little burnt. Definitely will make again, so easy.

  21. Did you know that you can freeze fresh ginger? I buy a larger quantity than I need at the grocery store, peel all of it and cut into chunks. I wrap in plastic and foil and put the little foil cubes in a ziploc marked “fresh ginger”. Then, when I need fresh ginger for a recipe, I just pull it out of the freezer and grate it while it is still frozen. Still tastes fabulous and is so easy to do. Your yummy ribs will never be without fresh ginger again!

    • I’ve read that but still haven’t done it! I will try so hard next time to remember, I always end up using a bit and then having the rest go soft and moldy before the next use.

  22. Yum, I want to try these!

  23. Making these right now, can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  24. Oh my god. I made these…They are the most DELICIOUS thing I have ever tasted…and that sentiment is completely mutual between myself and my crew. THANK you. SOOOO Tasty.


  25. that looks so amazing!!

  26. Can you barbeque these ribs instead of broiling them? We are now in a heat wave and I am looking for all excuses to use the BBQ!!

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