We love ribs! And we think these slow cooker Asian style short ribs will be some of the best you will have tried. The secret is in the slow cooker. By cooking gently and slowly, you retain the best flavors in the meat. These, combined with the carefully selected ingredients, including appropriate spices, make this one of the best and most delicious dishes you will ever make.



12 Servings

Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

5-8 hours


305 kcal


  • 64oz (4oz) pork ribs

  • ½ cup Swerve confectioners’-style sweetener

  • 3 tbsp wheat-free tamari, or ¾ cup coconut aminos

  • 2 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1 tsp fish sauce (optional, for umami taste)

  • 1 tsp hot sauce (such as Frank’s Red-hot)

  • 4 drops food-grade orange oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, finely grated or minced

  • 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper

  • ¼ tsp guar gum (optional, for thickening)

  • Sliced scallions, for garnish

  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  • In a 4-quart slow cooker, place the ribs. Whisk together the sweetener, tamari, vinegar, fish sauce, hot sauce, orange oil, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Distribute the sauce over the ribs.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low, or until the meat is tender.
  • Preheat the oven broiler to high before serving. Place the ribs on a baking sheet with a rim.
  • Transfer the slow cooker sauce to a small saucepan and, if using, sift in the guar gum. Boil the sauce for about 4 minutes on high heat, or until slightly thickened. Brush the ribs with a few tablespoons of the sauce.
  • Broil the ribs for 3 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and starting to caramelize. Garnish the ribs with scallions and sesame seeds and serve with extra sauce. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze in an ice cube tray for up to 1 month. Place on a rimmed baking sheet in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for about 5 minutes to reheat.

Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories305
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 2.9g 5%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
  • Sodium 418mg 18%
  • Total Carbohydrate 51g 17%
    • Sugars 4.8g
  • Protein 18g 36%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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