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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs are tender, fall-off-the bone pork ribs. The Hawaiian sauce is sweet and tangy and a great addition to ribs. Garnish these with green onions and fresh pineapple and serve over coconut rice for the perfect meal. 

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs on plate.

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SLOW COOKER HAWAIIAN PORK RIBS

Have you tried making pork ribs in the slow cooker?

If you haven’t, you need to change that! 

A few years ago I made these Crock Pot Ribs and just fell in love with how easy they are to make.

Today’s version is similar but uses a sweet and tangy Hawaiian style sauce for the ribs. 

It is the easiest way to make tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs. The meat literally just falls off of the bone when you pull them out of the crockpot

And, the clean-up couldn’t be easier! 

You add the ingredients to the slow cooker, cook on low for 8 to 9 hours and serve with fresh green onion and pineapple over rice. 

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE SLOW COOKER HAWAIIAN PORK RIBS?

  • 3 TO 4 POUNDS BABY BACK RIBS, ABOUT 2 RACKS

  • RED ONION

  • GARLIC

  • FRESH GINGER

  • BROWN SUGAR

  • SOY SAUCE

  • SRIRACHA SAUCE

  • APPLE CIDE VINEGAR

  • FRESH PINEAPPLE

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs on a baking sheet.

HOW DO YOU MAKE HAWAIIAN PORK RIBS?

Remove the silver membrane from the back of the pork ribs.

Spread sliced onions evenly in the bottom of the crock pot.

Place ribs on top of the onion.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs in crockpot.

In a small bowl or pot, whisk together garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, and apple cider vinegar.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs sauce in pot.

Pour mixture evenly over the ribs.

Cook on low for 7 hours.

Add pineapple to the crock pot and stir slightly so the pineapple is coated in the crock pot liquid.

Continue to cook for one more hour.

Carefully remove ribs, pineapple and onions from crock pot.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs ribs in the crockpot.

Cover with foil to keep warm.

Pour remaining liquid into a small saucepan. Skim excess fat from the surface. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is reduced by half and slightly thickened.

Brush reduced liquid over the ribs.

Spoon pineapple and onions over rice to serve. Garnish with fresh pineapple and green onions.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs on plate.

TIPS FOR MAKING RIBS IN THE CROCK POT

NO PEAKING: Remember not to lift the lid once the ribs start cooking or it will add time to the total cook time. When cooking on low it should take about 8 hours and on high about 4 hours.

I like to cook them low and slow because it helps them become more tender. If you want the meat to literally fall-off-the-bone I suggest cooking it on low for 9 hours. 

PERFECT YEAR-ROUND: People often think ribs are best in the summer when you can cook them on the grill but with the crockpot you can cook these any month of the year! 

BROIL: When you are done cooking the ribs in the slow cooker you can finish them off in the broiler for that extra crispy, charred outer layer. To do this remove the ribs and place them on a baking sheet with foil placed on it. Baste the ribs with some extra BBQ sauce and then broil for 5-10 minutes. 

REMOVE MEMBRANE: Before you cook ribs I suggest that you remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. This helps the sauce and spices absorb into the ribs better when they are cooking. You can see how to do that here

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs ribs on parchment paper.

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THESE SLOW COOKER PORK RIBS?

POTATOES: Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes make a great side to the ribs. I also really like Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Lemon Cilantro Roasted Potatoes and these Spicy Lebanese Potatoes

SALAD: Salads are a nice addition to ribs. I like adding this Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Mediterranean Bean Salad or this Summer Orzo Pasta Salad.

VEGETABLE SIDE DISH: Vegetable side dishes are a must when you made ribs. Some I like are these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Skillet Green Beans and this Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs with logo.

OTHER PORK RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE: 

HOW TO BAKE PORK CHOPS IN THE OVEN

HOW TO MAKE PORK TENDERLOIN IN THE SLOW COOKER 

SLOW COOKER PORK SHOULDER RECIPE 

EASY PORK CHILI 

CAST IRON PORK TENDERLOIN

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs on plate.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs are tender, fall-off-the bone pork ribs. The Hawaiian sauce is sweet and tangy and a great addition to ribs. Garnish these with green onions and fresh pineapple and serve over coconut rice for the perfect meal. 

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 3 to 4 pounds of baby back ribs, trimmed of the silver skin {about 2 racks}
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, diced
  • Green onion for garnish
  • Fresh pineapple for serving
  • Extra BBQ sauce for serving

Instructions

    1. Remove the silver membrane from the back of the pork ribs.
    2. Spread sliced onions evenly in the bottom of the crock pot. Place ribs on top of the onion.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, and apple cider vinegar. Pour mixture evenly over the ribs.
    4. Cook on low for 7 hours. Add pineapple to the crock pot and stir slightly so the pineapple is coated in the crock pot liquid.
    5. Continue to cook for one more hour.
    6. Carefully remove ribs, pineapple and onions from crock pot.
    7. Cover with foil to keep warm.
    8. Pour remaining liquid into a small saucepan. Skim excess fat from the surface. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is reduced by half and slightly thickened.
    9. Brush reduced liquid over the ribs.
    10. Spoon pineapple and onions over rice to serve. Garnish with fresh pineapple and green onions.

Notes

BROIL: When you are done cooking the ribs in the slow cooker you can finish them off in the broiler for that extra crispy, charred outer layer. To do this remove the ribs and place them on a baking sheet with foil placed on it. Baste the ribs with some extra BBQ sauce and then broil for 5-10 minutes. 

REMOVE MEMBRANE: Before you cook ribs I suggest that you remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. This helps the sauce and spices absorb into the ribs better when they are cooking. You can see how to do that here. 

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