This recipe was such a wonderful surprise. I did not expect for these Asian slow cooker pulled pork ribs to be mouthwatering and blog-worthy, but they certainly were.
Most people do not think of the slow cooker as an essential tool for summer cooking. I should know because I was one of them. Don’t get me wrong – I am usually the first one to suggest grilling out on the porch on hot summer nights. But lately, I have been pretty busy with things outside of the kitchen and the apartment and do not always have much time to devote to making a good dinner with enough leftovers for John and I to take to work the next day. And let me tell you, as as a woman who is two years out of graduate school destined to be paying back student loans for the next 30 years, leftovers and any other money-saving tricks are important. And that’s where the slow cooker comes in handy.
For the ribs, I used boneless pork ribs because that’s what I had in the freezer but I can image that bone-in pork or beef ribs would work and taste just as good.
Some of the ingredients in this recipe are a staple in many kitchens. But some are definitely not. If you are curious, adventurous and like trying new foods, here are some links to the exact products I used for some of the more uncommon food items.
- Red Boat fish sauce
- Sambal Oelek ground fresh chili paste
- Marukan Seasoned Gourmet lite rice vinegar
After turning the slow cooker on in the morning, I headed off to work and completely forgot about the ribs within half an hour of getting to the office. Another perk of the slow cooker – set it and walk away. But later that day, I was quickly reminded by the amazing smell that greeted me at the door.
I served my Asian slow cooker pulled pork ribs on top of rice and garnished it with some green onions and sesame seeds. The next day, I ate leftovers on top of some salad greens, salsa and cheese – my very own homemade Chipotle salad bowl. I also found myself taking random bites of the stuff straight out of the fridge (don’t judge me) here and there. Needless to say, this recipe is going to become a regular in my kitchen.
If you try this and love it as much as I do, let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear about it!
- 3.5 lbs boneless pork ribs
- 2 tbsp lite rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp fresh chili paste
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp salt
- Chopped green onions for garnish (optional)
- Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
- Add all ingredients in the slow cooker except for the fresh chili paste and honey.
- Mix the ribs in the slow cooker with tongs to evenly coat all the meat with the seasonings.
- Cover slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6.5 hours.
- After 6.5 hours, mix in the honey and fresh chili paste.
- Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds and eat up!