Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs [+ Video]


Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat!


Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker



We’ve had a  slow cooker for a few years now, and yet I really don’t ever use it for ribs. I use it for everything else, breakfast, meats, soups, casseroles, and even dessert but I haven’t really played around with ribs too much. They always seem a little intimidating as I’ve had many a dry rib and no one wants to be chewing on meat for an hour. Cade does his fall off the bone ribs but it’s in the oven and a little more of a process. Not too much, they are still awesome, but I wanted some good and sticky ribs that I didn’t have to think about. I feel like this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe is one of those recipes I want to shout from the rooftops, it’s honestly that good. The sauce is just killer. I’m so excited to be working with McCormick to share this recipe!

Can You Overcook Meat in a Slow Cooker?

Crock-Pots have the reputation of being the cooking vessel that you can leave and forget.

When you come back, the meat should be cooked and tender.

But even Crock-Pots can turn a piece of meat into a dry, tough, unappetizing meal.

Step 1

Thaw the meat fully before placing it in the Crock-Pot.

Step 2

Fill the slow cooker between half and three-quarters full to ensure that the meat cooks correctly based on the recommended cooking time.

Step 3

Cook the meat for only the time recommended.



Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs for the family!



One of the things that I get asked a lot is what ingredients do you buy any brand and what ingredients do you stick with the best?


Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker



Well butter, cheese and eggs for sure as those basics can totally change a recipe, but spices are another big one. Stop buying the cheapest. If you want cheap long grain rice, go for it. I’m sure you’ll survive, but spices? You need good quality and a brand that is in it for their love of food. No really, they aren’t paying me to say that part, that’s all me.


Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker



You guys, one simple change can make your food taste better. Who wouldn’t want that? We also try mixing up the kinds of spices, like this rub recipe is smoked paprika, not just regular. It adds a new depth of flavor that totally transforms the dish.


What is Smoked Paprika?

Smoked paprika is a Spanish cousin to the more widely used sweet Hungarian paprika.

It’s made from pimiento peppers that have been dried and smoked over an oak fire, then ground into a fine powder.



And have you heard of the Flavor Forecast? It’s this awesome way that McCormick shares the upcoming food trends and I am actually totally agreeing with their “forecast” so I decided to go all in with the smoked spices,  global blends and flavor worth the wait, yes I combined all three, but in case you want to just click the flavor forecast link and try your own recipe tagging #flavorforecast. I’d love to see what you make!



Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker


And I added this picture for a reason. Sometimes recipes claim that they are “fall off the bone” good, but then I make it and they are dry and boring. So, I wanted to prove to any skeptics that this recipe literally falls off of the bone. Booyah!


Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker



I hope you not only love it but that you pin it and share it with your friends and family. Just like we did for dinner that night. Good food is always better when shared with loved ones.

How do You Remove the Membrane From Babyback Ribs?

  1. At one end of the rack, slide a dinner knife under the membrane and over a bone.
  2. Lift and loosen the membrane until it tears.
  3. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off.
  4. The membrane may come off in one whole piece, or you may need to remove it in smaller pieces.


Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker


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Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs

Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker
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Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs

Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 5 mins
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: 50+ Homemade Condiment Recipes
Keyword: asian, ribs, sauce, slow cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 1092kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs

Dry Rub

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

Sticky Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce found in the international section of the grocery store
  • 2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Sticky Sauce
  • In a dish, whisk together the ginger, pepper, and onion powder.
  • Add the garlic and mix again.
  • Add the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • For the ribs
  • Place the dry rub into a small dish and mix together.
  • Make sure the membrane has been removed from the underside of the ribs and massage the dry rub onto both sides.
  • Curl the ribs into the slow cooker going around the sides.
  • Pour half of the sticky mixture over the ribs and place the remaining half into a small saucepan.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook at low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender (we always do 8 hours).
  • Remove the ribs from the slow cooker and place them on a tin foil lined broil pan, meaty side up.
  • Brush a little more of the sauce from the saucepan and leave the rest for serving.
  • Place the meat under the broiler in the oven for a few minutes or until it looks sticky and broiled.
  • Allow to rest, tented with foil for 3-5 minutes and serve.
  • Sticky SauceHeat the saucepan to medium heat and bring the sauce to a boil. Once it starts boiling, whisk the cornstarch and water together in a small dish and add 1 tablespoon of the hot liquid. Stir together and then while whisking in the saucepan, slowly drizzle in the cornstarch mixture. Whisk until it comes back to a boil and then turn to medium low and allow to simmer until it begins to reduce and thicken. This can take up to 10 minutes, or as little as 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 1092kcal | Carbohydrates: 71.7g | Protein: 72g | Cholesterol: 246.3mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 63.3g
Tried this recipe?Mention @OhSweetBasil or tag #OhSweetBasil!

Oh my goodness, you have to make this Asian sticky slow cooker ribs recipe! These ribs will literally fall off the bone when you are ready to eat! crock-pot, insta-pot, pressure-cooker

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112 comments on “Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs [+ Video]”

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  3. Can’t wait to try these ribs, they sound so good ! Can these be marinated overnight with the dry rub and liquid or will it take away the flavor of the dry rub spices ? 

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  5. Hello! I’m hoping to serve these individually as ribs for a large group, instead of as a rack — Do you have a time/method that you recommend cutting them into individual pieces? Before slow-cooking? Before broiling?


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  8. I looked around and didn’t see an answer, could these be cooked in a casserole style crock pot? I have one and it would seem like an easier way to cook ribs. Do you think there would have to be changes to cooking time or preparation? Thanks

  9. If I want to use an instapot what would i use as the liquid for the bottom….the sticky sauce before the cornstarch or use apple cider, apple cider vinegar as ur other receipe for ribs uses?

  10. Do you think you can do these ribs in an instant pot? If so, how long?

  11. Hi, 

    I accidentally misread this and bought spare ribs instead of baby back. It’s a tight fit in the pot, and I would just have to increase cooking time right?

  12. Happy New Year!  Made these last night for New Year’s Eve and they were a big hit!    Everyone thought they were amazing and full of flavor.  Followed recipe as is but added some extra honey and only cooked for 5 hours on low and they were done.  I was  concerned about the amount of pepper being used which is why I added the extra honey but it worked perfectly.  There’s such a good balance between the sweet & heat in this dish.  This is now my go to recipe for a barbecue type flavor ribs.  My brother said the sauce is so good he could almost drink it or dip chips in it.  It was that good!  Amazing so thank you for sharing this recipe!

  13. This recipe looks awesome! My husband has ill-fitting dentures, so 4 meals a week are made in the crockpot. I’ll have to get back to you to let you know how he likes them. At 1st when his teeth were pulled it was all soup, & that got old fast. Now that I have the crockpot it can be almost anything. Yay!

  14. I can’t wait to make these but I did have 1 question about 1 of the directions. It says curl the ribs around the slow cooker, does that mean the rack needs to be turned on its side or how do they need to be placed?

  15. “Serving Size: 1

    Amount Per Serving:

    Calories: 1092 Calories Total Fat: 58.8g Cholesterol: 246.3mg Carbohydrates: 71.7g Fiber: 1.8g Sugar: 63.3g Protein: 72g”

  16. These sound fantastic, thanks for sharing! I do have a question. I realize they’re called Asian Sticky Ribs, but my husband really dislikes soy sauce. Any substitutions you might suggest?

  17. I was terrified of the amount of black pepper in the recipe but I trusted you and it was spot on! I also goofed the sauce and added the water and cornstarch before pouring half over the ribs – still great! I even used some rub that I already had mixed up and guess what – still amazing! This recipe is a KEEPER and foolproof!

  18. These ribs were the best I ever had! The family ate them so fast this is a keeper

  19. I’ve got some in my slow cooker now. Can’t wait to try them!

  20. I do a lot of stuff in a smoker could these ribs be done in a smoker instead of a crockpot 

    • Hi Jim, absolutely! We recently did them in our traeger, we rubbed with the seasoning and smoked them all day then added the sauce at the end of smoking and right before serving.

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  22. I finally have a reason to use my Slow cooker, I made this on yesterday and it was an absolute hit. I’ve got a picky teenager and she fell in love with these ribs despite the fact that normally she hates ribs. I made two small adjustments (1) I cooked them for hour on high (2) I cooked them for 4 hours on low. They were falling off the bone by that point . I served them with Bao Buns and both my picky eater ( wife too ) were asking to make these again. Don’t let the initial smell concern you ( my wife hated the vinegar smell ) but loved the finished product. Thanks posting this!! 

  23. Did for 7 hours on low and they fell apart… but were YUMMY!

  24. Careful with the salt. I used smoked and they were way too salty. Even if using kosher, I’d recommend cutting it by at least half. Mine too less than 5 hours to cook also. 

  25. I tried this recipe in my inst-pot (which I call “My Pressure Cooker on steroids”). Awesome! I will be cooking my ribs this way from now on!

  26. First time try: the sauce is great. 8 hr is way too long to cook them though–couldn’t even pick them up with tongs (used two 2 1/2 lb b.b—5lb total). Check them at 5 hr and consider pulling them out at 6 hr max.

    Great recipe though/it’s a keeper.

    BTW, I subbed 1.4t of cayenne for the pepper (no black pepper used).

    • thats 1/4 t cayenne. I also sprinkled some sesame seeds and chopped green onions (didn’t have any shallots) on the rib portions when served.

    • on low heat or high? On high they will be done by 5 hours, though the recipe does say 6-8 hours so if yours were more lean and tender I could see 6 on low being perfection

  27. I misread the steps and put the water and cornstarch into the sauce and poured it on the ribs in the crockpot…hope it still comes out good because this looks fantasticly yummy!

  28. These look amazing & cant wait to try!  Would it be possible to cook these ribs on high in the crockpot to reduce cook time or would that ruin it?  Thank you!!

  29. 2nd time in a week.  They cook up quick and soo tender in instant pot for 40 minutes. Then in oven to brown.  Thank-you!!

  30. Could you cook them standing up in the slow cooker

  31. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Im making them again today. Im going to add a jalapeno for a little more zip.

  32. 5 stars
    Fixed this for a New Year’s Eve party. Words cannot describe the response. This is just an incredible dish. What a great change from barbecued ribs!

  33. Wow, tin foil dates back to world war 2, how old are you?

  34. I am going to try it this weekend for a dinner party with some Asian vegetables looks yummy!

  35. Has anyone tried this with country style boneless ribs?

  36. 5 stars
    Omg! Just made these and ate them before i could get them in the oven lol! I’m trying this recipe with chicken wings! I did brush on real maple syrup for my husband. ..he doesn’t like vinegar. ..picky eater.

  37. 5 stars
    This is my favorite and my husband even loves it more! He begs me at least once a week to have it again. Making it for the second time today! Thanks so much for all your great recipes!

  38. 5 stars
    this is the second recipe I try for ribs in the slowcooker and it’s delicious! My kids gobbled up their plates! Will definitely be making this again! 🙂

  39. 5 stars
    Just finished this for dinner and it was SPECTACULAR!!! Made it with garlic cheese mashed potatoes but we really only had eyes for the ribs. My kids gobbled it up

  40. 5 stars
    A friend made this for us last night. So much deliciousness. Served with Asian Coleslaw and Jasmine Rice. Adding it to our family favorites.

  41. just finished dinner .. The ribs were amazing!!! Family are very impressed, I served with coleslaw .. Worked well …saving this recipe for sure thanks

  42. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, my daughter has a severe allergy to tomatoes so we have been looking for something she can use as a BBQ sauce. The family loved it so much that we now use it as our main sauce on most bbq things.

    I did take out the balsamic vinegar because she is also allergic to grapes, and my family doesn’t seem to mind.

    There is a seven year old girl that thanks you for thinking this up.

    • That is awesome! I’m so glad that it worked out for you all! You could always try a little red wine vinegar or cooked down blackberries or raspberries in it too!

  43. I’m trying this recipe for the first time and did get a bit confused regarding how many ribs to use. Your list of ingredients says 2 baby back ribs but I assumed you meant 2 racks. So far they smell great but have 5 hours to go and can’t wait. Will send review when we have lift-off.

  44. 4 stars
    You really should rework your business model if you have to slather 100 ads on the page. It’s a shame because I love this recipe, but I can’t peruse the site because each page takes 20+ seconds to load all the ads and mobile is worse.

    • Do you just look for something negative to point out? I would never think to criticize how someone does their website, but I’m no pro. I just love their recipes and if I have to love my finger to scroll through a couple ads I don’t care about, BIG FREAKIN DEAL!

  45. Thank you for the great recipe! Can’t wait to try it! LOVE your pictures and detailed cooking instructions! Have a wonderful weekend!

  46. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It’s the very best, my family loved it!

  47. 5 stars
    Super Bowl Sunday these are going on my table for game time! Right in front of me!!! , but I can’t wait to try these!
    Thanks for the recipe, one question. What do YOU serve with them? Any ideas?

    Vito B

  48. will this recipe work with short ribs? I sure hope so. We don’t eat pork products. Thanks for your help.

  49. This was a perfect recipe for a busy day. It was so easy to do, and delicious. I served the ribs with jasmine rice and steamed broccoli, and got two thumbs up from my picky eaters! They came out just like your pictures showed. Thanks for the great recipe.

  50. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Seriously my husband said it was one of the best meals I’ve ever made. On another note, I just saw this recent posting of this woman’s blog who copied the recipe word for word and claimed authorship:

    • Hi Kristin, So, so happy you all enjoyed it! So sweet of you to let me know. Thanks for the heads up about the content. Hopefully it gets deleted. Thanks!

    • 5 stars
      Of course, I had to look it up. Now, on the bottom, it says “adapted from Sweet Basil”. I was happy to see them giving credit where is rightly belongs. Every good recipe deserves that respect! (and I do very much enjoy making this recipe. Just don’t know what I would do without my slow cooker!

  51. Wow. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Purchasing rib this week.

  52. 5 stars
    Wow these do look delicious! I had always felt a little skeptical of doing ribs in a crock pot because the meat gets so steamed but with an oven finish it all makes sense. I rarely make ribs because of the hassle and fuss. Saving on Pinterest and printing out to use soon! Thanks so much. I find something great every time I stop by.

  53. All that spice and sticky sauce is seriously making my mouth water.. these ribs look so delicious and I bet they tasted even better too!

  54. Ribs in the crock pot! Who would’ve guessed!

  55. 5 stars
    I’ve always been skeptical about cooking ribs in a crockpot because crockpots don’t burn fat, it stays in there and I worry the flavor and sauce won’t stick. But you have convinced me and I will definitely try this. They look amazing and I love anything Asian! Thank you.

  56. Did you place the ribs on their sides or laying flat in the pot? Thanks, I will be trying this out this weekend.

    • If we do two racks I lay them on their sides, one I kind of put flat but they don’t lay down all the way.

      • 5 stars
        I made these for the game on Saturday. They came out as described! I love the rub mixture and have enough left over to use for something else. Great recipe thanks for sharing.

  57. Slow cooker ribs arethe way to go!I do the dry rub and add a can of cola. Cook on low 8-10hrs. Then onto foil lined pan, slather on favorite sauce & bake at 375 for 30-45min until sticky.I usually do this before I leave for work & have ribs when I get home!

  58. These look so finger licking good!

  59. This is a fantastic recipe! Using the slow cooker for rib is genius!