Sweet-and-Spicy Baby Back Ribs

For small appetizer portions, ask the butcher to cut the ribs in half crosswise.


Makes 8 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 4 Hours, 10 Minutes


3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (12-oz.) bottle chili sauce
1 (8-oz.) bottle hoisin sauce
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup beer
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard
1 to 3 tsp. hot sauce
2 slabs baby back ribs (about 5 lb.)


1. Sauté first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a small saucepan over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in next 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 5 minutes.

2. Place half of ribs in a single layer in a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker. Pour half of sauce mixture over ribs. Top with remaining ribs in a single layer. Pour remaining sauce mixture over ribs. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours or until tender. Transfer to a serving platter.

Spiced Spareribs: Substitute 5 lb. pork spareribs for baby back ribs. Proceed with recipe as directed, cooking on HIGH 4 hours or until tender.