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Slow Cooker Asian Beef Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Back RibsHello from Thailand! Holy crap, what a week I’ve had! Visiting my parents in Korea is always fun because I love spending time with them, and going to Japan with them was just magical, complete with daily hot springs and beautiful Fall foliage. You can check out my Instagram to see what I’ve been up to. I’m completely happy and de-stressing, and I think this is the reason why I haven’t had any major digestive issues like I expected to have. I now know how to navigate myself around Korean food, but almost everything you can eat in Japan has soy sauce in it, so I said, “F it,” and have been eating a little bit of everything while doing the best I can to avoid the ones that are heavily drenched in it or are just fully gluten-ed bread products.

Except for slight discomfort, I’ve been okay. I think it helps that the things I’ve been eating aren’t highly processed. All the food in Aomori, the town I stayed at in Japan, was local and organic. It’s actually a farm town and the food is made with freshly grown ingredients and so, so good.

I also spent some time visiting the beautiful mountains of South Korea called Seoraksan. I used to go to Seoraksan many times with my family when I was younger and it was so amazing to be back again. And now we just arrived in Thailand and it is sweltering hot here, but the food so far has been amazing and I’m loving every minute of it! I may do a recap post or a photo diary of my travels when I get back so stay tuned!

As part of the theme of our vacation, I bring to you today an Asian-inspired dish using beef back ribs.

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Back RibsI made this on a whim when I found grass-fed beef back ribs at the farmers market for cheap. I’ve never cooked with them before and when I’m slightly nervous about how to cook a piece of meat, I throw it in the slow cooker because it’s always a safe bet!

And sure enough, this turned out fall-off-the-bone delicious with delicious Asian spices and flavors.

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Back RibsSlow Cooker Asian Beef Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Back Ribs
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  • 4 lb bone-in beef back ribs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 tbsp coconut aminos or tamari sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (omit for sugar detox)
  1. Cut and separate the beef back ribs.
  2. Place the ribs in the slow cooker and generously season with salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor.
  4. Blend until you end up with a thick sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce on top of the ribs, making sure they are coated evenly.
  6. Let the ribs sit in room temperature for 2 hours.
  7. Set the slow cooker to low for 7-8 hours until the ribs are tender and the meat easily falls off the bones.

Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Asian Beef Back Ribs

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

slow cooker bbq pork spare ribs
I don’t understand the concept of only using the slow cooker in the colder months. Where do people get that? Don’t ovens and grills create more heat when used, making hot days even hotter in the summer? Plus there are so many summer foods you can make with a slow cooker like pulled pork, pulled chicken, pulled anything, wings, dips, ribs, and pretty much anything you need to cook when you are feeling too lazy to babysit it (i.e. me, all the time). Slow cookers are the bomb all year around.

I bought pork spare ribs from the farmers market having no idea what to use them for, and like any meat I’m clueless about how to cook, I just threw them in the slow cooker hoping for the best and then BOOM. Turned out amazing. And it literally takes less than 10 minutes to prep. And I’m using “literally” correctly so don’t ya fret.

But seriously, don’t let your slow cooker collect dust this summer and MAKE THESE. They are pretty incredible. I don’t joke when it comes to pork spare ribs (I mean.. who would?) and these are an all-time crowd pleaser.  

slow cooker bbq pork spare ribs

slow cooker bbq pork spare ribs

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  • 4lb pork spare ribs
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1.5 cup water
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic power
  • 1 tsp cumin
  1. Optional: Cut the spare ribs into sections so each section has a bone.
  2. Generously salt the spare ribs on all sides
  3. Pour the rest of the ingredients into a slow cooker and whisk them together.
  4. Place the spare ribs into the whisked sauce and toss them so they are well coated and submerged in the sauce.
  5. Cook over low for 6-8 hours. The meat should fall off the bones easily.

Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs