Honey-Sesame Slow Cooked Country-Style Pork Ribs

I’m officially in love with my slow cooker.

Not that I wasn’t before, but the more I use it, the more I realize how much it can open up your culinary world. Lately, I’ve discovered that it’s the perfect way to try out cuts of meat that are new to me because it gives me consistently delicious results that are pretty much foolproof, not to mention virtually effortless. Minimal work + tasty food = a recipe for happiness, no?

These slow-cooked pork ribs are the latest bit of magic to come out of my new favorite appliance. I had never tried cooking country-style pork ribs before this, but…wow. I’m filing this one in my mental box of go-to dinners.

Despite what the name implies, country-style ribs are not really ribs at all. They’re actually cut from the shoulder, and are sold both with and without the bone. The meat that I bought came in several long chunks, so I cut it down into smaller pieces closer to the size of actual ribs, for ease of eating. 

Since it was my first time making this cut of meat, I made a quick marinade that I’ve found over the years to be pretty foolproof in itself. Honey, sesame oil and soy sauce always go together and make pretty much everything taste good, with that sweet-savory flavor that I love.

I’m not sure if it was the slow cooking or the marinade or both (probably both), but these ribs came out so tender and succulent that when my husband asked for a knife to cut the meat on his plate, I just reached over and smashed into it with the side of my fork. True story. And I think the moral of that story is: go and make these right now.

Honey-Sesame Slow Cooked Pork Ribs
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  1. 3 lbs. country style pork ribs
  2. 1 med. brown onion
  3. 4 garlic cloves
  4. 3/4 cup soy sauce
  5. 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  7. 1 tbsp. mirin
  8. 1/4 cup honey
  9. 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  10. 1/2 tsp. finely minced ginger
  11. 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  12. 1 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds
  13. 3 tbsp. chopped green onions
  1. 1. Slice onion into thin rings and spread on bottom of slow cooker. Place pork ribs on top of onions.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, mix together soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, mirin, honey, brown sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Pour sauce over pork ribs. Firmly smash garlic cloves with the flat end of a meat tenderizer and place on top of pork.
  3. 3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until fork tender. Plate ribs and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions to serve.
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