Hawaiian-Inspired Baby Back Ribs for the Slow Cooker Recipe

  • 1 (2 pound) slab pork baby back ribs, cut into 3- to 4-rib portions
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • Sauce:
  • 2 cups hoisin sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon bottled minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
  1. Place baby back ribs portions in the bottom of a slow cooker; sprinkle black pepper and five-spice powder on top.
  2. Mix hoisin sauce, pineapple juice, green onions, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic in a bowl to make sauce. Pour 2/3 of the sauce over the ribs. Refrigerate remaining sauce.
  3. Cook ribs on Low, basting occasionally with sauce, until tender, 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Transfer ribs to a serving dish. Brush remaining sauce on top.