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