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How to cook the most delicious slow cooker bacon ribs. An old fashioned alternative to traditional ribs, they are easy to dump in the slow cooker and then serve for supper.

These bacon ribs are cooked in a Chinese marinade and then finished with a sticky Chinese glaze. Perfect for your Saturday night Netflix marathon.

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Slow Cooker Bacon Ribs
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Bacon Ribs

Confession time, I am so late to the bacon ribs party. Until someone asked me recently for a bacon rib recipe, I had never heard of them.

Then a few weeks later, I was at my local butchers and saw loads of bacon ribs in the window display and thought I MUST try bacon ribs and see what all the fuss is about.

I brought them home and my first thought was to see how they compared to the slow cooker Chinese pork ribs that I normally cook.

What if I could cook these bacon ribs in a similar marinade and then see how they compare in taste and texture.

Slow cooker bacon ribs went on and we all stood over the slow cooker after the marinade was added to see how they tasted.

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What’s The Difference Between Pork Ribs & Bacon Ribs?

Bacon ribs taste just like you are eating bacon and pork ribs taste just like you are eating roast pork.

Yet on texture bacon ribs just look like pork ribs.

What Are Bacon Ribs?

Bacon ribs are cut from the loin of the bacon. Hence why they taste just like regular bacon. But because bacon ribs come from the loin, they are very meaty and you often feel like you get more meat from bacon ribs than you do from pork ribs.

Best Way To Cook Bacon Ribs?

The best way to cook bacon ribs, is like any rib, and that is in the slow cooker. Whilst you can also make air fryer ribs or even ribs in the instant pot, the slow cooker has the best flavour and creates the most tender ribs.

You can also make bacon ribs in the slow cooker either with liquid or without and its easy to mix and match the flavours.

Do You Put Liquid In A Slow Cooker Of Ribs

Its totally optional if you add liquid to the slow cooker when cooking ribs.

The ribs have enough fat coming off them to stop them going dry when slow cooked.

But you may find with bacon ribs that they are very salty and if this happens it is better to cook the bacon ribs in liquid.  

For example, you could follow our gammon routine as gammon is very salty and we have done gammon in fanta, gammon in cider, gammon in water and gammon in coke.

Then do these same liquids next time you cook bacon ribs in the slow cooker.

Can You Overcook Ribs In A Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can overcook ribs in the slow cooker. But you would have to cook them a long time for them to taste like they are overcooked.

I find that with 4 hours they are perfect, 6 hours they fall totally off the bone and anything above 7 hours on high is too much for them.

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Bacon Ribs Recipe Ingredients

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Ribs – We used one pack of bacon ribs that we chopped into ribs. You can use as much as will fit in your slow cooker or just make a smaller portion for one person.

Onions – To flavour the slow cooker we also added an onion. You can do the same and it can be any onion.

Flavour – Then for the BEST bacon ribs recipe I recommend using honey, garlic, Worcester sauce, soy sauce, Chinese 5 spice, and barbecue sauce.

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How To Cook Bacon Ribs?

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  • Separate. Start by chopping up your bacon ribs so that they are easy to mix the marinade in and can cook well in the slow cooker.
  • Prep. Next prep your marinate ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir and then add your bacon ribs. Slow cook for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
  • Sticky. Once you have cooked your bacon ribs in the slow cooker put them to one side and remove the liquid from the slow cooker. Add your sticky glaze ingredients mix and toss the bacon ribs in the glaze.

And I am sure you can see why this recipe for bacon ribs in slow cooker is a true favourite of mine.

How Long To Cook Bacon Ribs In Slow Cooker?

The bacon ribs cooking time is JUST 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low. This will produce delicious bacon ribs that are almost falling off the bone and taste delicious and are perfectly tender.

Slow Cooker Bacon Ribs & Cabbage

You can also make bacon ribs and cabbage. Simply follow our instant pot cabbage or microwave cabbage recipe and serve it with these delicious bacon ribs.

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Slow Cooker Bacon Ribs

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Slow Cooker Bacon Ribs

How to cook the most delicious slow cooker bacon ribs. An old fashioned alternative to traditional ribs, they are easy to dump in the slow cooker and then serve for supper.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 1.5 kg Bacon Ribs

Bacon Ribs Marinade

Sticky Glaze

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Instructions 

  • Peel and dice your onion. Add to the slow cooker your diced onion and your marinade ingredients.
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  • Mix well with a spoon.
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  • Add in your bacon ribs and mix well. Slow cook for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
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  • Remove the bacon ribs from the slow cooker and any liquid.
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  • Then in the slow cooker add the sticky glaze ingredients and mix well.
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  • Toss the bacon ribs in the glaze and then serve.
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Notes

Size. Its better to chop up the bacon ribs first so that they will easily fit in the slow cooker and that its easy for them to be tossed in the marinade ingredients.
Optional. If you want to you can load the bacon ribs into a Ziploc bag and marinade overnight but I don’t feel like they need it.
Thanks for reading our recipe for bacon ribs on Recipe This. We have many more slow cooker recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more slow cooker old school recipes, do check out our slow cooker braising steak recipe next.

Nutrition

Calories: 1171kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 300mg | Sodium: 1829mg | Potassium: 1171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 6mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Ribs were too salty. Nothing to do with the recipe but I didn’t know I should have soaked them in water for 30 mins before cooking.

  2. 5 stars
    These chops were amazing and the marinade was one of the tastiest i have ever had with some ribs, just so tasty i am going to try it out on a roast joint.