Slow cooker Hawaiian ribs make such a good dinner. Expect crock pot ribs that fall off the bone with plenty of flavour. It’s easy to make spare ribs Hawaiian style and there are plenty of side dish options which work great with them. You will love these Hawaiian short ribs in the slow cooker or crock pot.
Ingredients for Perfect Hawaiian Crock Pot Ribs
This recipe is based on ribs, of course, so you need to make sure you pick out some good ones. Use spare ribs or short ribs, as you prefer.
The Hawaiian flavours come from the addition of onion, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce, and apple cider vinegar. And then of course there is the pineapple!
These ingredients combine to make a tasty teriyaki style sauce which is sweet, spicy and savoury all at the same time. It is amazing with the melt in the mouth ribs as well.
What Type of Ribs are Best?
Hawaiian short ribs in the slow cooker come out delicious, as do spare ribs Hawaiian style recipes. So which kind of ribs gives the best results? You can make slow cooker Hawaiian ribs using whichever ribs you prefer.
Choose from back ribs (also called pork baby back ribs), spare ribs, short ribs, or even beef ribs. Slow cooking is a great method for any kind of ribs, since the right cooking temperature and time will yield ribs that fall off the bone.
It’s best to peel the silver membrane off the back of the ribs before you start the recipe. You can use paper towels to help you get a grip on it and then just lift it with a sharp knife and pull it off. You don’t have to remove the membrane but the ribs are easier to separate after cooking if you do.
This Recipe is So Easy to Make!
Part of the appeal of Hawaiian short ribs in the slow cooker is the simple recipe. You can make ribs that fall off the bone and will wow everyone with their flavour. Crock pot ribs mostly just concerns adding your ingredients to the slow cooker.
So first add the onions to the crockpot and then top them with the ribs. Mix the liquid ingredients together and pour this over the top. Cover and cook for 7 hours then add the pineapple and cook for another hour. By now your kitchen will smell amazing!
The next thing to do in this slow cooker Hawaiian ribs recipe is to take out the ribs, onion and pineapple and set them aside. Pour the liquid from the crockpot into a pan on the stove and simmer the sauce until it’s thickened and halved. Now serve the ribs, onion, pineapple and sauce together. I guarantee everyone is going to love your slow cooker Hawaiian ribs!
How to Get the Ribs Crispy on Top
This is completely optional but if you like crispy ribs, you can brush some of the thickened liquid mixture over them. Then broil them for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are charred in places. That way your slow cooker Hawaiian ribs will be like they just came off the grill.
Even though you cook these Hawaiian short ribs in the slow cooker, you can give them a crispy finish in just a few minutes.
What to Serve with Crock Pot Ribs
All kinds of tasty side dishes are worth considering. How about corn on the cob, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, or macaroni salad? Any of those would be amazing with these spare ribs Hawaiian style.
Bread would pair well. You might like to consider Hawaiian bread rolls or else crusty baguette to mop up the delicious juices.
How Do You Know When the Ribs are Ready?
It’s possible to undercook and overcook ribs, even when making slow cooker Hawaiian ribs. A crockpot makes things easy but it’s still worth knowing how to tell when ribs are done.
When ribs are done, the connecting tissue breaks down and the skin is the only thing holding the rack of ribs together. You might have cooked the ribs in one, two or three layers depending on their size and your crockpot size. Regardless, if they’re pretty much falling off the bone they’re definitely done.
The meat should come off the bone if you twist one of the bones around without using a lot of force. The ribs are overdone when the meat falls off the bone when you pick up the rack. It should be very easy to get off though – that’s how you know your Hawaiian short ribs in the slow cooker are done to perfection.
Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs Recipe
Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Hawaiian Ribs
- 1 red onion cut into 1-inch slices
- 3 Pounds ribs trimmed
- 2 Cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon ginger freshly grated
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar
- 1/4 Cup soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 3 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 Cup pineapple fresh, diced
- Spread sliced onions evenly in the bottom of the crock pot. Place ribs on top of onion.
- In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, and apple cider vinegar. 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. 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.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try to make these easy slow cooker Hawaiian ribs that fall off the bone. These spare ribs Hawaiian style are always a family hit for dinner.
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