Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Victor Protazio
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
5 Hours 30 Mins
Makes 6 servings

These succulent spiced ribs are sure to make their way into your most-requested slow cooker recipes repertoire. Simmering low and slow in coconut milk and a rich combination of aromatics allows these pork ribs to gently cook to tender, flavorful perfection. Serve them over a bed of warm basmati rice. And if you find yourself with leftovers, shred the meat from the bones and layer into corn tortillas with fresh toppings for a serious taco upgrade.

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim excess fat from ribs. Stir together brown sugar and next 5 ingredients. Sprinkle mixture over ribs, pressing to adhere. Brown ribs on all sides, in batches, in 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 6-qt. slow cooker.

Step 2

Wipe skillet clean. Cook onion in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil 6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and next 3 ingredients; cook 1 minute. Add soy sauce and coconut milk, stirring to release any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Pour over ribs in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 5 hours or until pork is tender.

Step 3

Transfer ribs to a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Pour liquid from slow cooker through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes. Skim fat from liquid.

Step 4

Transfer liquid to a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 6 minutes or until reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Stir in lime juice. Serve with ribs.

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent! One of the best crockpot recipes I've tried.

January 26, 2016
Delicious and straightforward recipe. Definitely a keeper for me! (Note: we were concerned that the jalapeños would make it too hot for our boys, but it did not come out spicy.) The sauce was so good I'd like to try it with chicken and with shrimp in future experiments.