Even though cooking with a slow cooker is super-convenient and makes food that tastes great, it does have some challenges. Long, slow cooking tends to make food look less colorful and fresh when it comes out of the slow cooker.
But some food emerges from the slow cooker looking lovely and burnished, as though it’s just come out of the oven or off the stove top. It commandeers a platter!
Sesame Pork Ribs look irresistibly appealing and are true stars on a buffet or dinner table. In fact, I have used this several times for my appearances on QVC, and the ribs always look amazing. Not to mention that they taste great as well. Just ask David or Carolyn or Mary Beth, the wonderful hosts I work with!
The sauce in this recipe is ample enough to cover the pork and to keep it from drying out. Slow cooking in the rich sauce makes the pork supremely tender and infuses it with a wonderful flavor.
Sesame Pork Ribs
Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook, page 442
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-6 hours
1 medium onion, sliced
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup honey
2 Tbsp. cider, or white, vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. ground ginger
¼ – ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
5 lbs. country-style pork ribs
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
1. Place onions in bottom of slow cooker.
2. Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in large bowl.
3. Add ribs and turn to coat.
4. Place ribs on top of onions in slow cooker.
5. Pour remaining sauce over meat.
6. Cover. Cook on Low 5-6 hours.
7. Place ribs on serving platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve sauce on the side.