Teriyaki Ribs

These meaty back ribs done in the slow cooker deliver big flavour for minimal effort.  And you don’t have to heat up your kitchen in the summer! 

I had meaty pork back ribs defrosting on my counter and was preparing for company when an e-mail from Sugargolden Bakes arrived in my inbasket.  Her recipe for Five SpiceTeriyaki Ribs caught my eye and I happened to have the ingredients – or most of them – in my pantry.  It was like it was meant to be!

So I got to work inspired by her recipe.  I had a bottled Teriyaki Baste and Glaze sauce on hand and I wasn’t going for so strictly Asian so this is what mine ended up like.  My bottled glaze seemed to have quite a gingery aspect so overall the ribs had a ginger profile.

They went well with my Cucumber Mango Salad which includes sesame oil so  it echos the Asian theme.

mango-cucumber-salad

The slow cooker approached turned out nicely.  The slow cooker didn’t heat up my kitchen.  I made them the day before I served them and reheated them in a 300 degree oven, uncovered which made the sauce a bit thicker and dryer which I found to be a bonus.  With the slow cooker there is no risk of the sugary sauce burning so that was a bonus.

slow-cooker-ribs

I actually had a lot of sauce even for 6 lbs of ribs so I drained off about 2 cups and froze it for a quick use another time.

You could also finish them on on the BBQ over medium low heat to dry the sauce a bit and heat or reheat through.

Ribs are a very forgiving make ahead dish. In fact, I like them cooked one day and steeped in the sauce overnight and then reheated just before serving.

 

teriyaki-ribs

Teriyaki Ribs

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

Ribs and Rub

  • 6 lbs pork back ribs
  • 2 Tbsps Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Sauce

  • 1 cup Teriyaki marinade I used Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and Glaze
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce I used Kraft Original BBQ sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsps soya sauce
  • 2 Tbsps sesame oil

Instructions

  • Remove the silver skin off the back of the ribs. Combine the Rub spices and massage over the racks of ribs.
  • Cut ribs into 2-3 rib sections.
  • Mix all the Sauce ingredients together and pour into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Add in the ribs and stir to ensure all ribs are covered in sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Preheat your BBQ to medium heat after 3 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Remove the ribs to a platter. Pour any residual sauce into a measuring cup.
  • Brown ribs on the BBQ grilll for another 15 minutes, basting with the residual sauce.
  • Transfer finished ribs to a platter and serve.

Notes

Alternate:  You can make these a day ahead of time and reheat 30 minutes in a 300 degree oven or on the BBQ as per instructions above.

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