Korean Style Short Ribs (Crock Pot)

"I'm always looking for new recipes to make in my crock pot. Here's another easy and tasty one. I finally got around to making this I used pork spare ribs. I cooked them longer till they were falling off the bone. The sauce has a very good flavor. My husband was pleasantly surprised at the flavor.I found this in Family Circle Magazine."
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Ready In:
6hrs 5mins




  • Blend soy sauce, sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper in bowl.
  • Place ribs in 5 quart slow cooker, add sauce. Cover, cook on High for 6 hours or Low for 9 hours, until meat is tender.
  • Transfer ribs to a platter. Skim and discard excess fat from liquid. Combine cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water; blend with liquid in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 2 minutes, stirring, until thickened. Stir in carrots. Top ribs with sauce, scallions and sesame seeds.
  • Serve over cooked rice.

Questions & Replies

  1. Anyone tried this in their instant pot?
  2. I don't have a slow cooker. Can these be done in the oven?
  3. I want to make sure my ribs stay on the bones. I bought a package of Chinese cut ribs. It’s like they cut the ribs in thirds horizontally. I also want to cut them with two bones per piece. With such small pieces how long do you think it would take to cook...probably on low. Besides doubling the recipe I plan on making this following the exact recipe. I’m just not sure if I should add the red pepper flakes because my sister and friend do not like spicy foods (bummer for me)! Now how do I spice it up myself?!!! Lol I’ll use some Sambal Oelek! Mmmmm spicy.......
  4. Has anyone used tofu instead? How did it turn out?
  5. If using pork ribs, do you cut the ribs apart prior to slow-cooking?


  1. My daughter and I made these in her new crockpot i got her on Christmas Day and they were absolutely fall off the bone ridiculously delicious!!! My recommendations are to double the recipe and triple the sauce, the leftovers will most definitely not go to waste, Or have some to freeze for later If they last! This recipe is definitely in my top five crockpot recipes that I will be rotating regularly! thank you for sharing this amazing recipe it is much appreciated!
  2. This was very quick, easy to prepare, and delicious. I didn't have enough carrots (just 2 small ones) so I served them alongside in a stir fry of celery, carrots, garlic, and sesame oil. I started the crock pot on high, but the ribs were starting to look like they were going to burn, so I turned them on low about 4 hours in. They were fall-apart done by 5 hours, so you need to be aware that your crock pot's heat may vary from the 6 hours called for in the recipe. At the end, I turned the pot back on high, took the ribs out, and added the cornstarch slurry. There was plenty of heat to thicken the sauce, so there was no extra dirty pot to wash. I highly recommend this dish, and thoroughly discourage you try it with full-sodium soy sauce. The low-sodium provided more than enough salty flavor. (Hubby just said, "those ribs were good!" (He only comments on exceptionally good dishes.) So try this one - you won't be sorry.
  3. This recipe was awesome. I, like the previous reviewers tripled the sauce recipe and added the cornstarch to the crock pot, removed the bones , sorta shredded the meat and served over rice. I used Trader Joes full sodium soy sauce and it came out great. A word to the wise though, stay close to your crock pot! I cooked on low for five hours and had fall off the bone tender pork using country style ribs. This recipe is very versatile. You could easily sub chicken OR tofu. I defenantly will make this again. It's the perfect crockpot summer meal. Requires minimal effort with an outstanding result!
  4. My ONLY recipe! Bookmarked. Made at least 4 times. Will always refer to this one!!!
  5. YUM!!!! I made this tonight and we're licking plates. I trimmed the short ribs before cooking to take away some fat, and added Chinese 5 spice for a little heat. Everyone loved this dish and it will be on the menu often in our house. Thanks!


  1. Why change the recipe. Try the way the recipe was originally posted and try it. Make a comment on the original recipe, comment why you think it should be changed, and why you think you can improve on it. Explain your reasons. I'm sure these recipes have been tested true.
  2. I add at least 6 cloves of garlic, and one stalk of lemongrass, quartered and smashed. I eliminate carrot altogether. Everything else is to the recipe. If my 11 year-old says, "I want YOU to make it, mom," instead of dad, this mom is truly happy! This is my go-to recipe. Thank you for sharing it!
  3. I pretty much double the garlic and ginger, and i add 2-3 stalks of smashed lemongrass. I eliminate the carrots altogether and do not use red pepper flakes.
  4. I pretty much double the garlic and ginger, and i add 2-3 stalks of smashed lemongrass. I eliminate the carrots altogether and do not use red pepper flakes.
  5. make twice as much sauce--the rice soaks it all up yum yum!


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